What I find remarkable is that despite Autowatch being one of the big world players on the Alarm/Immobiliser market, is that I still come across customers who are reluctant to use a brand that they have not heard of!
The madness of this viewpoint is that if you travel outside of Australia or NZ it is the other way around. Mongoose? Dynatron? AVS? Never heard of any of them! Did I mention that none of the well-known brands are actually approved elsewhere? More about that another time, this post is about the Autowatch Immobiliser!
The Immobiliser module is one of the smallest available, (The Cobra 8509 takes that title) it is certainly the smallest system that contains all of the alarm/Immobiliser circuitry and this makes it great from an installation point of view, it’s lack of bulk makes the module easier to hide. Of course, a good installer is going to be the key here but at least the installer has some options where to place it. To make my point clear here, the Mongoose M80 is twice the size and even the thought of trying to hide it effectively causes me to break out in a cold sweat!
Attack proof Security Housing
This is one of the requirements for Thatcham approval which is lacking from NZSA standards. I placed one on my bench, got the stopwatch out and had a crack at how long it would take to defeat. 2 minutes and 38 seconds later I had the Module open.
It is worth pointing out here that all tests are carried out on my bench and not in a vehicle. The other point to consider is that I am well practised in getting past Immobilisers and already have knowledge about the best way to attack them.
The Autowatch is the only system which I have required a drill to get past, and even then it is still a challenge. This time is all the more impressive when compared to most of the other immobilisers I have tested so far…
The Immobiliser Attack time Chart
Cobra 8509: Undefeated
Autowatch (Above listed models): 2 Minutes and 38 Seconds
Dynatron (All Models): 39 Seconds
Mongoose M80: 17 Seconds
AVS (All Models): 10 Seconds
Meridian (All Models): 5 Seconds
The Module which I tested has the same security case as found on the following models:
Obsessive Rating: Compact and Hard to Crack
The simple fact that the Autowatch meets with Thatcham standards should be a good indication of its effectiveness