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Vehicle security

Vehicle security for cars and vans is an ongoing problem with thief’s becoming more sophisticated. In the old days it was simple to stick a piece of wire down the inside of the window, open the lock, get in the vehicle and either get away with your belongings or worse still hot wire your car and drive away.

With model technology this isn’t so easy today, so the thief’s have come up with other solutions like key cloning or taking the keys from your house and then taking your car.

MPH have several security solutions to help overcome this.

Ghost offer a unique solution by adding another layer of security into your vehicle so even with the original key a thief can’t drive away with your car. Find out more here

Tracker offer several different solutions including Thatcham CAT5,6 & 7 assured category’s which can track, recover and locate your vehicle .

I’m sure like me, you will ask who are Thatcham and what do the category’s mean?

Who are Thatcham

Thatcham Research is the motor insurers’ automotive research centre. Established by the motor insurance industry in 1969, the centre’s main aim is to contain or reduce the cost of motor insurance claims whilst maintaining safety standards.

Today, Thatcham Research still occupies its unique position as the UK’s only ‘not for profit’ insurer funded research centre. Whilst the original aims remain intact, the centre now enjoys a much wider remit at the forefront of the latest vehicle technology research, spanning safety, security and repair.

Based just outside Newbury in Berkshire, Thatcham Research has grown from small beginnings to an organisation now boasting over 180 staff, a state of the art vehicle research workshop, a Euro NCAP approved Crash Laboratory and two fully equipped automotive academies.

A founder member of the international ‘Research Council for Automobile Repairs’ (RCAR), Thatcham Research have also been a member of the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) since 2004.

Enjoying an increasingly global influence in both the insurance and automotive sectors, Thatcham Research are regularly asked to provide their experience and know-how at high profile events and in the media, living up to their reputation as ‘Experts in Safety, Security and Crash Repair’

Thatcham Security

Thatcham Security Certification is a robust verification programme for the assessment and recognition of automotive security products. The certification concentrates on verifying functionality design and performance of a product.

Each product is rigorously tested to predefined criteria established by Thatcham and, where appropriate, it's partnering organisations. This testing is intended to provide confidence in the products functionality, performance and an objective evaluation of its capabilities.

All of this is monitored and periodically reviewed throughout the duration of the product certification to ensure that the levels of functionality and performance are retained.

What do the categories mean?

There are 7 category of Thatcham each category offers different levels of security for your vehicle.

  • Category 1: Alarm and Immobiliser
  • Category 2-1: Alarm Upgrade
  • Category 2: Electronic Immobiliser
  • Category 3: Mechanical Immobiliser
  • Category 4: Locking Wheel Devices
  • Category S7: Stolen Vehicle Location
  • Category S5 & S5 Plus: Stolen Vehicle Recovery/ Vehicle tag system

For more information about Thatcham head over to their website at

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