According to the NZSA a 5 Star car alarm is the highest standard of alarm you can get. The problem is that this claim is actually a load of BOLLOCKS!
Given what I know about the lack of standards required for a 5-star car alarm I’m happy to stick my neck out and say that I would not have one in my own vehicles. I’m sure that some of you reading this are thinking that I’ve lost the plot here as I sell them… This may surprise you, but actually, I don’t!
If they are not good enough for me then I don’t consider them good enough for my customers! Let me explain…
What is wrong with the 5 star car alarm standard?
Let’s start off with the Battery Back-up sirens. The idea is that if the battery is disconnected then the siren will continue to sound. The problem is that Battery backup sirens with an over-ride key are still allowed, this requires them to be accessible and in turn, makes them just as easy to remove as disconnecting the battery. Doh!
Immobilisers: There are no requirements for the immobiliser to have an attack proof security housing. Do I really need to explain why this is important?
Remote Security: There are no requirement for remote programming to be restricted via a security PIN number.
All the points listed above are required for an alarm to meet Thatcham CAT 1 standard, yet remarkably enough are lacking for NZSA 5 star criteria!
So why the lack of Standards?
I believe the reason for this is because the alarm distributors have done a really good marketing job. The NZSA vehicle security requirements have been set up to suit the needs of the alarm distributors. In other words, the NZSA vehicle security committee is a vested interest group. Let us not beat around the bush here. Why would the likes of Mongoose, AVS, Dynatron, Meridian, etc push to raise product standards when it would prevent them from selling their existing alarms?
Do you think for a single second that the security of your car comes before clinching a sale?
I’d like to see the standards updated to reflect those set by Thatcham (UK) which is independent of alarm distributors. If you feel the same then it would be great if you could share this post as the only way change can be forced will be to raise awareness of the problem!