As many of us know to our cost, the ingenuity of car thieves seems to know no bounds, so the opportunity to upgrade your car security to the latest anti-theft technology must be money well spent.

With so many awards for forward thinking in car security since car alarms first hit the streets in the mid-eighties, Vauxhall has always been ahead of the game.

To make sure it stays that way, the manufacturer has appointed MetaSystem Group, one of the world’s leading vehicle security specialists, to support its current and older vehicles with a new range of security systems specifically tailored to suit Vauxhall models.

Three new systems are now available from Vauxhall Retailers throughout the UK. For Vauxhalls already fitted with a Thatcham Category 2 approved engine deadlock immobiliser, the MVX1 and MVX2 systems provide a Thatcham approved 2>1 alarm to full Category 1 status. Both systems feature ultrasonic sensors to detect movement inside the car such as entry via a smashed window.

The MVX2 offers the added benefit of utilising the existing Vauxhall remote to operate the alarm whilst maintaining the features accessed through the vehicle’s existing remote.

Owners of older Vauxhall cars and vans will also find it easier to ensure that their vehicles do not become yet another stolen car statistic.

Research has consistently shown that older cars tend to dominate lists of models most frequently stolen or broken into in the UK – hardly surprising when one considers how few mainstream models over five years old were fitted with anti-theft devices as original equipment.

Whilst most Vauxhall cars have been equipped with immobilisers for almost 10 years, recent new vehicle technology has progressed. The new MGM1 is an alarm specifically designed for older Vauxhall cars and vans that have either no existing security or the earlier immobiliser system. It offers the opportunity to upgrade to more modern standards of security.

The MGM1 and the MVX1 have a programmable panic facility and a two-button anti-scan/anti-grab remote. This programmable option of safety locking automatically locks all the doors to protect occupants and personal possessions while the car is stationary in traffic.

The ultrasonic sensors can be temporarily deactivated, yet retain perimeter protection when children or pets are left in the car while refuelling at a service station or loading shopping at the supermarket.

All systems come with ultrasonic sensors as standard and flashing indicators upon arming and disarming the alarm. Remote control central locking and remote window closure is available for vehicles with central door locking and comfort window closure. In addition, there is full boot, bonnet and door protection to provide maximum security.

All three new systems are supplied with harnesses tailored for use on Vauxhall vehicles. Fitting is carried out by trained Vauxhall engineers and fully fitted prices are available on request from Vauxhall Retailers.

"Vauxhall has always led the field with vehicle security," says Vauxhall programme manager Stuart Smith, "but by teaming up with the security experts at MetaSystem, we are really giving an edge to the security available for new and older vehicles."

Published : 27/03/04 Author : Melanie Carter

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