Category Archives: Sensors

What is van door peeling and how do you protect against it?

Van Door Peeling, or “Peel and Steal” is a big issue in the UK right now. It’s a very destructive way to break into a van without triggering the factory alarm (if there even is one). Peeling is the simple act … Continue reading

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Car Alarm Sensors

Here’s a quick rundown on what car alarm sensors are available and what they actually detect. Click on each link for a more detailed explanation… Door and Boot Switches Most vehicles already have these fitted as standard equipment. Part of … Continue reading

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AK4615 Disabling Ultrasonic Sensors

The following instruction explain how to disable the ultrasonic sensors on a Cobra AK4615 and AK4625 Turn the ignition off Within 5 seconds press the emergency panel push button and keep it pressed until the LED flashes X times. It … Continue reading

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Bonnet Switches

Car Alarm Bonnet Switch One of the most basic, yet overlooked items on any security system is the car alarm bonnet switch. It’s job is to protect the engine bay which once breached often means the battery can be disconnected or … Continue reading

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Reed Switches

A reed switch is a none contact electronic switch that opens and closes as a magnet moves in and out of proximity. They are great for protecting opening zones where a conventional plunger switch would not be practical. Common uses … Continue reading

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Cobra 5462 Microwave Sensor

An Alarm microwave sensor (or super high-frequency volumetric sensor as Cobra call it) is ideal for soft top convertibles or other areas where ultrasonic sensors would not be suitable. Microwave Sensors are not sensitive to air movement.  The sensor operation … Continue reading

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Glass Break Sensors

Glass break sensors often come as standard with car alarms in New Zealand. As the name suggests, they are designed to detect if a window has been smashed. Most are little more than a glorified microphone that detects high pitch … Continue reading

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Ultrasonic Sensors

Ultrasonics are one of the most effective sensors for protecting the internal space in a vehicle and are much more reliable than a glass break sensor. There are normally two sensors which are typically installed at the top of the … Continue reading

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Alarm PIR Sensors

Alarm PIR Sensor Alarm PIR sensors (passive infrared) detect infrared light (heat energy) which radiates from objects in its field of vision such as a human body. This makes them great for protecting Ute canopies or the back or vans … Continue reading

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Autowatch Wireless Reed Switch

With some vehicles, running cables can be a real pain and a major time-consuming event. Motorhomes and boats instantly spring to mind. I’ve certainly uttered some expletives in the past when I’ve pondered just how the hell I’m going to … Continue reading

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