THE Big-Un is a large mechanical immobiliser which can be fitted to a vehicle in seconds. The system immobilises the steering wheel and pedals as well as restricting access to the driver’s seat.
It is secured through the steering wheel and locked around the clutch or brake pedals. Each lock complies with Thatcham’s vehicle safety test and its producers claim it is anti-drill and anti-pick. The system comes in two versions – rigid and flexi, to accommodate vehicles with obstructions such as low shelves and dashboard protrusions.
Price: Rigid £90.67, Flexi £98.68
VOXBOX is a telemetry system based on a combination of vehicle tracking, hands-free phone kit and panic alarm.
The system includes in-car mounted microphones and speakers with a single button that directly connects drivers to their offices, enabling them to conduct two-way mobile phone conversations. Fleet managers can dial into vehicles, where voxBOX automatically answers the call.
The system can be tracked and the panic alarm function enables drivers to silently activate a panic call. The fleet manager can then listen in to the vehicle, record any conversations and send help as the vehicle is being tracked.
Price: from £50
NAVTRAK is a system that tracks and recovers stolen or hi-jacked vehicles using GPS and GSM technology to pinpoint their location worldwide at any time.
It uses an automatic driver recognition (ADR) system which requires drivers to carry a credit card-sized card. If the vehicle is moved without the ADR card present, a silent alert is sent to NavTrak’s control centre, which pinpoints the vehicle’s location. The driver is then contacted to confirm whether the vehicle is moving illegally. The ADR card can be programmed to work across a number of vehicles fitted with NavTrak. Numerous cards can also be programmed to work with a single vehicle.
Price: from £975 for installation and three-year package
THE Computer Luggage Company has produced a laptop carrying case which looks more like a student rucksack. It has been designed to prevent thieves from instantly recognising the object as a laptop.
It also uses Techair technology that cushions and protects the laptop inside the case, preventing damage if bumped or dropped.
The bag comes in four forms which include extras such as a ‘lapstrap’ for secure laptop loading, ‘m-ports’ enabling users to plug in an iPod or MP3 player, mobile phone holders, security pouches and key clips.
Additional features of the bag include lockable zips, CD pockets, penholders and document areas with A4 folder dividers.
Price: £59.99 for the AirBag Geo
INOVA uses smart-card technology to track and recover stolen or broken down vehicles. Vehicles which have been fitted with the AutoSecure system can be located and returned from anywhere in Europe.
The system uses GPS and GSM technology to track vehicles which are then displayed on a PC screen back in the office.
Vehicles can also be fitted with a panic button which enables drivers to contact a emergency call centre immediately if the car has broken down or been hijacked.
Each system comes with a smart card which means that only authorised users can drive the vehicle.
Price: from £325
Laminated glass Laminated glass consists of two pieces of glass sandwiched together with a strong transparent interlayer. It can be used in side windows and panoramic roofs as well as in windscreens. From a security viewpoint, it resists attack for at least 30 seconds but can take more than three minutes to be broken using force. When the glass is finally broken an interlayer continues to protect the car from intrusion.
It has solar and acoustic benefits and also helps protect against rollover and side impact injury while weighing less than standard glass of a similar thickness. Laminated side glazing is available factory fitted as an option on a range of cars.
Price: from £390
Contact: Andy Thackray on 01423 561 235