Last week I posted a video of a Uniden “5 Star” alarm that I disarmed in seconds without using the remote as it was left on the default PIN code.
Today I was asked to look at an AVS S5 “5 Star” alarm in a Subaru Forester. The customer asked me what he should do if his remote failed so I said watch this! (Note that the video is edited as I don’t want to make a “how-to” video, but it’s common knowledge)
His jaw almost hit the floor when he saw how useless his security system actually was.
AVS 5 Star fail
Now I’m going to point out that AVS has actually updated their alarms so the new ones are not on the old default over-ride number, but there are still a huge number of the old systems floating around!
Not that his AVS S5 would have taken me long to defeat if the over-ride number was not on the default.
The siren was sitting there waiting to be smashed and silenced and then the Immobiliser was a sitting duck!
So this would just leave me to flip open the highly vulnerable AVS Immobiliser and start the car!
If you have an older AVS alarm system then my advise is to make sure it is not on the Default over-ride. If you care about your car then make sure you can’t find the immobiliser.
Remove Your Window Stickers
Take your AVS, Mongoose, Dynatron, Uniden stickers off your car. Trust me when I say that advertising that you have a “5 Star” alarm with all their known weaknesses makes your car a soft target. Hell if I was a car thief then I’d have a crack!
Don’t kid yourself that having a “5 Star” insurance rated alarm will actually protect your car. Even if NAC insurance suggest that having one it will make your car like Fort Knox, or NZ performance car magazine suggest that it is a good idea, as my experience suggests otherwise!
When will AVS actually make an immobiliser security case that can’t be opened in seconds? I really do wish their products were as effective as all the marketing hype that surrounds them!
I’m going to start asking who actually tests these alarm because as far as I’m concerned it’s simply not good enough! When will the insurance companies wake to the “5 Star” bubble?