Makers say anti-theft device an opportunity for trade

Makers say anti-theft device an opportunity for trade

The growing issue of ‘electronic car crime’ and the theft of push button and electronic ignition cars, has attracted widespread coverage, as 89,000 keyless cars were broken into last year in London alone.

With some drivers unable to get their vehicles insured, owners are being asked to resort to old-fashioned steering locks. But British automotive supplier, OBD Vehicle Security say their up to date solution requires no work on the part of the driver.

Databloc™ is a false connector that locks into the vehicle’s On Board Diagnostic (OBD) data port and blocks thieves from successfully using data readers or key cloning devices to steal information directly from the vehicle’s onboard computer.

“Expected public demand means that we will be looking for garages to fit Databloc to a wide range of vehicles,” said Lawrence Shaw, Business Development Director for OBD Vehicle Security.

The Databloc™ normally retails to the motoring public at £79.00 but is available at a discounted ‘trade only’ price. Plus, OBD Vehicle Security says that garages can earn income from fitting Databloc™. The kit features the Databloc™ product, a holographic style security windscreen sticker to warn off thieves and a special ID serial number for a certified install (for insurance purposes) that is entered into the Databloc™ Crime Prevention Database.

Databloc™, which is made from a special polymer, is already being fitted to vehicles at risk and has been tested by car security experts, Thatcham Research Centre and passed its ‘two minute’ rule. Databloc™ is trade marked and has a patent pending on the product.

OBD Vehicle Security says that without the installation of Databloc™ thieves can use a jamming device to prevent the vehicle from being locked or just smash a window, lean in with their equipment and gain access to a car’s computer within seconds. They are then able to clone a key for that car, which can disable the vehicle’s alarm system, trackers and other security measures allowing them to simply drive off.

“Electronic car thieves are targeting Audis, Range Rovers, BMWs, Mercedes and the Ford RS and are costing the insurance industry millions. The problem has been a growing issue across the country for the past two years,” said Lawrence. “The alternative to Databloc™ is the old 70’s style steering locks which we know are cumbersome and time consuming to fit and take off – and rather unsightly in a 100k Range Rover!”

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