The factory alarm on the Ford Transit and Transit Custom is woeful. It has no internal movement sensors and will disarm with both the drivers door lock which can be picked or twisted to unlock, or the switch on the inside door card. In other words the alarm disarms when the van is broken into using some of the most common methods!
So what does the Transit alarm do?
The Ford alarm only has door, boot and bonnet protection so assuming it is not tricked into being disarmed will honk the alarm horn if triggered. It’s worth pointing out that the alarm horn is not actually as loud the as main vehicle horn, it makes me wander why Ford even bother but I suppose having two remote keys is better then nothing!
Making the Ford Transit Secure
The good news it that the Cobra AK4615 works with the factory remote and can’t be tricked into disarming without the remote. On top of that the locking wiring can be modified so the back of the van is not unlocked if the drivers door lock is forced or picked.
The AK4615 comes with Ultrasonic movement sensors as standard which protect the cabin area of the van.
I recommend adding a PIR sensor to the back of the van to cover the load area.
Flimsy Doors are super vulnerable!
The doors on the transit are very flimsy and there is a big problem with them being peeled open in the UK right now. I don’t think it’s an issue in the NZ as yet but I’m assuming it’s only a matter of time before it is!
I would also suggest that internal sirens are a good idea in the transit as well as additional Micro-switches on the rear doors.
For anyone who has a Ford Transit as a courier van I have a nice alarm option for that too.