Back in April 2012 the New Zealand Security Associations failed “star rating system” for car security products was abandoned.
However the NZSA seem to have forgotten to inform anyone about the decision.
This page on the NZSA Website (Note: Has now been updated as of October 2014) claims that the “Star rating system” is now controlled by the Motor Trade Association, however the MTA website makes no mention of a star rating system at all. In fact the last time I approached the MTA they indicated that there was not enough interest from installers to take it on!
I must also point out that the NZSA only got around to changing the vehicle security link on it’s home page in late April after I emailed Greg Watts asking him why the NZSA was still promoting the star rating system.
Not Really Professionalising the Security Industry
Now I’m sure we have all heard the NZSA radio advert claiming to be “Professionalising the security industry”. However going on past experiences of dealing with the NZSA I find such claims to be completely false and highly misleading.
Personally I would not trust the NZSA to fold the wings of a paper airplane, let alone be responsible for over seeing any form of security whatsoever!
With the exception of the web page just mentioned the NZSA have failed to remove any other vehicle security page from their website, for example; if I (or an unknowing member of the public) Google “NZSA star ratings” the first two pages that come up are from the NZSA website.
I then click on the links and it would seem that the star rating system is still run by the NZSA.
How difficult is it to remove a couple of pages from a website?
On top of this most alarm companies still have the “Star rating system” on their websites along with claims of being NZSA member. No doubt incorrect information is going to confuse and mislead anyone after a car security system.
Given this I’ve just sent the following email to Greg Watt’s. Executive Officer of the New Zealand Security Association:
As I’m sure you are aware, it has now been over 6 months since the NZSA has ceased claiming to represent vehicle security standards.
I would have considered this to have been enough time to remove any pages from the NZSA website referring to Vehicle Security standards along with the NZSA “Star Rating System” for vehicle security systems.
Allow me to bring the following list of web pages to your attention which are all still live on the NZSA website and are all easily found when making a Google enquiry about “NZSA vehicle security”:
Please Note: The above list is not comprehensive.
The NZSA website also claims that the MTA have taken over the Star Rating System, however this would appear to be a false claim. If in any doubt about about this then I would suggest that you communicate with the MTA.
I would also like to ask what you and the NZSA have done to inform past members that you no longer represent vehicle security standards?
Whilst I understand that the NZSA does not control other companies websites, it could at least make and attempt to communicated with them.
For example the following websites still claim to be members of the NZSA and are also still promoting the defunct “Star Rating System”.
Too many to list… I also note that there are other parts of NZ not yet mentioned!
Given your claims that the NZSA are “Professionalising the security industry” I’m sure that you will want to act in a professional manor by taking action on the following:
1: Remove any irrelevant information from the NZSA website.
2: Inform past members of the NZSA that the “Star Rating System” is now null and void and request that they remove any reference to it from their websites.
3: Request that any claims of false NZSA membership should be removed from past members websites.
4: Communicate with the MTA to clarify if they are taking on the “Star Rating System”.
Once again I must point out how much it disappoints me that you have failed to take any initiative or any action over the matter to date.
Please respond to this email and inform me what action the NZSA intends to take.
Let’s hope that some action get taken as a result of this!