THIS IS WHY THE RAVELCO ANTI THEFT DEVICE
"BLOWS AWAY" THE COMPETITION
1. TRACKING SYSTEMS
- Although they sound good on paper, these costly systems are not very effective. They come into play only
after the vehicle has been stolen, as reported by the Boston Police Department, the city in which the idea originated. By the time the victim reports their vehicle stolen, (which is usually the next day) it has already been stripped and dumped. If the owner of the stolen vehicle is lucky, the thief will
found and removed the tracking transponder while stripping the vehicle and the tracking system will lead the police to the abandoned shell of the vehicle.
Nowadays though, the thieves are
using sophisticated debugging equipment to
find, remove and discard the tracking
transponder. Sadly, law enforcement officers continue to
track the signal thinking it is coming from the stolen
vehicle when actually it leads them to a trash dumpster
in a back alley somewhere! These systems are not available in all areas, and they are not very practical in big cities. Furthermore, they are expensive ($695 and up) and some even require a monthly monitoring fee. Many people in the security industry
refer to these systems
as "after the fact jack." General Motors offers a system called the "OnStar" these systems are
also easily defeated by the thief breaking the antenna off of the roof of the vehicle.
To make matters even worse there is now a
available on the internet that plugs into the cigarette
lighter of the vehicle that scrambles the GPS
signal and totally makes the vehicle un-trackable
resulting in NO
anti theft system is factory installed on almost every
new vehicle manufactured today. Most every manufacturer,
whether domestic or foreign uses this type system.
Embedded in the head of the vehicle’s ignition key is a
miniature RFID Transponder Chip which contains
one of a trillion possible electronic codes. When the
key is inserted into the vehicle’s ignition, the
transponder sends a signal to a disc shaped antenna
surrounding the key cylinder housing behind the shroud
on the steering column. The antenna then relays a signal
to the control module and if the signal is correctly
recognized, the vehicle is allowed to start. If access
is attempted without the correct code, critical systems
(ignition, starter) remain inoperable. This all sounds
good on paper but all this system does is keep honest
people honest, because it is very easy to bypass. The
thieves are now using laptop computers with recorded RF
codes to bypass them in about 20 seconds, which
is probably why the factory installs these systems for
free. Sadly, many car dealers tell their customers that
because of this special transponder chip in their key .
. . they do not need any extra security for their
vehicle, but this is NOT TRUE!
3. ALARM SYSTEMS -
These systems have just
about run their course. The auto manufacturers do
not even offer alarm systems any longer. Too many
problems and they are totally ineffective in
deterring auto theft. Who hasn't heard and ignored an
alarm? To make matters worse, a
grabber - scanner box" that will open up the
vehicle’s doors and disable any alarm system can be
purchased for less than $100 on the Internet. Even the
more expensive systems that claim to have Anti-Scan
or Code Grabbing Technology can still be defeated,
as demonstrated on this
NEWS VIDEO. Just ask anyone
who has or has had an alarm if they would ever get
another one . . . THEIR ANSWER WILL BE A DEFINITE NO!
REMOTE STARTERS - These devices may be real convenient by starting your car and warming
it up in the winter and cooling it off in the summer,
but please do not think these systems are secure. Once again, there is
absolutely no security at all with these devices. They can all be started regardless of make with a "Code Grabber"
IMMOBILIZER TYPE DEVICES - The Immobilizer name is used by many different anti theft device companies around the world. Many foreign car companies install this system as standard equipment on their vehicles. This system consists
of a resistor or tiny radio transmitter imbedded in the ignition key and sends a signal to a receiver in the steering column, much like the GM, FORD and CHRYSLER systems just discussed in paragraph 3. A variation of this system involves
the use of a plug, rather than an imbedded chip in the ignition key, but all are connected under the dash and all are very easy to locate and bypass. The wires used for these systems do not have any armor cable or security covering to protect or conceal them, making it easy for a thief to locate the wires, reconnect them, and steal the vehicle in a matter of seconds. Some of these systems claim to interrupt as many as 4 different circuits, but it does not matter how many circuits you interrupt . . . if you can easily reconnect them under the dash.
Don’t be fooled by false claims that these companies make.
Many vehicles have been stolen that were equipped with this device!
6. TOUCH SENSORS - These devices hook up to the starter wire under the dash. An existing part of the vehicle, such as the cruise control button, the high beam lever, the wiper switch or even a radio knob, becomes the trigger for this device. The driver has to touch this "secret switch" in order to start the vehicle. These devices all work in conjunction with relays that continuously burn up due to the high amperage from the starter wire to which they are connected. Most of them even have a toggle switch, that allows a person to override the system. Car thieves are not at all deterred by these devices.
7. FLAT PLUG DEVICES - These devices are all mounted below the dash. The connections are very simple to make and only go to each end of the starter wire beneath the dash. The more sophisticated models include a red flashing light . . . which has nothing at all to do with the device's ability to deter theft. It is merely a red light that either blinks or burns continuously. Car thieves can overcome these devices in seconds by using a jumper wire or even with an "old fashioned" hat pin, simply by sticking it through one wire and into the other. They typically have a maximum of six different combinations and most car dealers use the same combination on every vehicle they sell. These systems are cheap, which enables some car dealers to install them on every vehicle in stock and try to sell their vehicles at a higher price. If a customer balks and does not want to pay for it, the dealer simply inserts a chip that will override the system. Dealers also know that these systems often result in problems . . . and customer complaints. There have been dozens of companies that manufacture flat plug devices, most of them have gone out of business already and the remaining few have just about run their course.
8. THE CLUB - Widely advertised, this device is probably the best known anti theft product on the market today. But as demonstrated on CBS' American Journal, a car thief using a hacksaw can cut through the vehicle's steering wheel and remove The Club in just 22 seconds! The program also demonstrated how a thief can spray "freon" into the locking mechanism of The Club, hit the now - frozen lock with a hammer, and shatter it like glass, enabling him to remove The Club. In addition, there is a device called the Club Buster, which will break The Club and AutoLock devices in 60 seconds. The Club Buster is intended for locksmiths, tow truck operators, and auto repossession professionals, but any thief can buy it over the internet right now for $89.
9. REMOTE STARTER KILLS - Many Car Dealers
sell and promote this type of device because it is very easy to install and the dealer can charge up to $499 for it. The customer will never know the difference and will think that they are getting top security for their dollar. This device comes with a remote control and a special re-worked starter relay that replaces the factory starter relay in your vehicle's power distribution box. The power distribution box is very easy to access directly under the hood of the vehicle, all you have to do is to lift the cover of the box pull out the relay, replace it with any factory relay (cost $2) and drive the vehicle off. Again, the remote control on this device can be scanned and bypassed with a scanner box very easily in seconds.
LAPTOPS - RF
TAG SECURITY (SMART KEY) -
works with a RF Frequency transmitter that automatically
sends a signal to a relay (starter, fuel pump, etc.)
that replaces a factory relay in the power distribution
box or fuse relay box in the engine compartment of the
vehicle enabling it to work. The key or transmitter can
be in the form of a key or a small round plastic
cylinder that attaches to your key chain. When the
driver is in the range of a vehicle fitted with this
system the circuits will operate. Thieves know about
this device and easily replace the special relay with a
$2 factory one to defeat this system.
11. KEYPAD SYSTEMS - These systems connect to the starter wire under the dash. They can be defeated in seconds by locating the "brain box" of the keypad (which usually is wire-tied or taped to the steering column under the dash) and then touching the two contacts with a jumper wire.
12. STEERING COLUMN COLLARS - Now nearly obsolete, these devices are worthless in terms of theft protection. All a thief has to do is reach below the dash; pry the ignition switch off the topside of the steering column post, exposing a rod; and pull the rod upward, allowing the vehicle to start.
13.) BRAKE PEDAL LOCKS
- We witnessed one of these pedal locks compromised very
easily at a crime prevention seminar. This pedal lock is
designed to go in between the brake pedal and the floor
board of the vehicle making it impossible to apply the
brake. Hence, a thief would not steal the vehicle if he
could not stop it. The demonstration showed a "would be
thief" hitting the side of the pedal lock just below the
brake with a small sledgehammer until it slipped to the
side and was removed. What happened was, the floorboard
of the vehicle was bent down by the sledgehammer to
remove the pedal lock. NOT VERY EFFECTIVE.