“NZ rating system for alarms is a crock of shitemonkeys…”

Fingers up to NZSA alarm standards!

Not my words, but I do have to agree with the above statement!

I keep a keen eye on what is being posted on the car forums and normally spot any incoming links to the website.  This comment on the mr2.org.nz forum certainly made me chuckle!

It seems that the message is finally getting across just how backwards alarm standards in this country are.

Kind of related here, I see a lot of posts around forums of people saying their car has been stolen ‘was alarmed and immoblised’ etc and always wondered what the point of having one was if they were that easy to steal.
Looks like our NZ rating system for alarms is a crock of shitemonkeys…
https://vehiclesecurity.co.nz/blog/ – not sure whether this was posted here or another forum but makes for some interesting reading.
Most of the more common brands we have here are rubbish! (mongoose etc)
Looks like Cobra and autowatch are very good.
There is a reviews link on the right also.

This posted on the www.gpforums.co.nz just yesterday…

If you have a decent read of the blog on http://vehiclesecurity.co.nz/ (as pointed out above) you’ll see the NZ “5 star” rating means jack and shit.
If you are really serious you need something meeting the Thatcham standards

So how do we improve the standards?

First off the best way to do this is to make people aware of how poor the existing standards are. So thank you to all who have taken the time to post links on the forums, you are making a difference.

I’ve been trying to get a response from the NZSA for over the lack of standards for over a year now. I firmly believe the the NZSA needs to be transparent in how it is run. To the best of my knowledge the NZSA vehicle security committee is made up of people who have vested interest in sales of alarm or car security products in general. If the NZSA is to become accountable then it should be accessible information to NZSA members who these decision makers are. As it stands I don’t even who makes the decisions myself. Clearly this must change.

I have expressed my interest in joining the NZSA Vehicle Security committee and have had an email from Greg Watts “Executive Officer” of the NZSA stating that I shall be invited to the next meeting.

Until that happens here’s a quick recap of why I believe most “5 Star alarms” are, erm…. “SHIT!”



There are no requirements for Immobiliser cases to be attack proof. I’ll go into more details on this in the future but until then the Autowatch Immobiliser post has most of the details.


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1 Response to “NZ rating system for alarms is a crock of shitemonkeys…”

  1. Avatar Anti-Theft Guy says:

    I agree with you that people must know how the alarms don’t work. Are there any new gadgets out there that could provide us the kind of security that we need? I mean, if there are, then maybe we can purchase it now and install it on our vehicles, regardless of the price.

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