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Why You Need to Upgrade Van Locks

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Did you know you can purchase van keys on websites like e-Bay which can easily be reprogrammed to open your van? More worryingly, sophisticated scammers are using cloning methods to ‘grab’ the code sent by electronic keys and they can easily copy the signal afterwards to gain access to commercial vehicles.  Once they have access it doesn’t take much to programme a new electronic key using transponder cloning equipment. This is obviously worrying, but one way you can fight back and ensure your commercial remains in your possession is to fit a new set of van locks to prevent this type of crime.

Benefits of van locks

Fit aftermarket locks to your van and they act as a visual deterrent to thieves. As well as providing a physical barrier, making it impossible for thieves to break into your vehicle they also send out a strong message to criminals. When a thief spots a vehicle fitted with high-security locks they know they have their work cut out. Vehicles are better protected with security van locks and criminals look elsewhere for easier pickings when they are faced with this type of security.

What types are there?

There are many different types of security locks you can fit to a commercial vehicle including deadlocks and slamlocks, which are two of the most popular options offering a high level of security. Fitted with a deadlock, you can leave your van overnight safe in the knowledge it’s going to be fine during your absence. Slamlocks are great too, especially if you are making deliveries and need to make multiple drops on a frequent basis. When this type of lock is fitted, you need to physically unlock the door every time it is closed, making it the perfect solution for same day couriers or multi-drop parcel delivery drivers. 

Who can fit them?  

In order to fit these locks they must be fitted by an experienced auto locksmith specialist who will help to advise you of the various locks available and match the lock type to the model of the van. This ensures the perfect fit for that particular vehicle, which is something our team specialise in at Autotronix.

Think it’s time you upgraded the locks on your van?

Speak to us here at Autotronix and see how we can be of service to you. If you are worried about vehicle security and want to add an extra level of protection for your van, we have the ideal option for you. All you have to do is contact us today to discuss your van lock requirements or call for more details on 01908 785 490.

The Benefits of Vehicle Tracking

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According to UK Crime Statistics, there were 37, 038 instances of vehicle crime in England and Wales reported in June 2017. Were you a victim

According to UK Crime Statistics, there were 37, 038 instances of vehicle crime in England and Wales reported in June 2017. Were you a victim of those crimes? Possibly you had your vehicle broken into, or maybe it was stolen altogether, and you haven’t seen it since. The vast majority of vehicle crime is preventable with the right safety measures.  Upgrading the alarm system and fitting a vehicle tracking system, for example, will help you to protect your car.

A vehicle tracker is especially useful in the fight against crime. If you value your car, van, or any type vehicle and want to give it a higher level of security, consider fitting a tracking system and you’ll reap all of these benefits.

You get instant notification if your vehicle is moved without authorisation

Many tracking systems incorporate movement sensors which activate if the vehicle moves without your consent which is an early warning device. This is an early warning device. A signal is sent to a control centre where security staff are sat waiting ready to monitor the situation. Upon receiving the signal, they will notify the owner to confirm whether they are with the vehicle or not. If a situation arises, and it quickly becomes apparent that the vehicle has been stolen, the tracker will continue to monitor the movement of the vehicle giving the exact location at all times.

The vehicle is tracked live during Its journey using GPS

Trackers work in live time so you know exactly where your vehicle is once it has been reported stolen. A continual progress update is provided at all times, so you’ll know when your vehicle is on the move, and when it comes to a standstill. Modern trackers work whether the vehicle is being driven, on the back of a trailer, hidden in a garage, or shut away inside a shipping container. The signal continues to work regardless so you can plot its course during any unauthorised movement.

Once the vehicle stops you can pinpoint the precise location

One of the biggest advantages of tracking systems is the ability to pinpoint the precise movements of your car and establish when and where the vehicle has stopped. The moment you see the vehicle in a stationary position you can notify the local police and take the necessary steps to have the vehicle recovered.  Trackers give you ‘eyes’ on the vehicle no matter where it ends up in the country.

Security guards can be sent until recovery is arranged

Certain tracker systems, like the SmarTrack for example, allow the security centre (who are responsible for monitoring the movements of the car) to send a security guard to its location once it comes to a halt. They will wait with the vehicle until recovery can be arranged, so you know it will be safeguarded until it is back in your possession.

Systems have their own battery backup

You won’t have to worry if your battery is disconnected when your vehicle is stolen if it is fitted with a SmarTrack Alert24 tracking system. This reliable tracking system comes with its own backup battery, and it also notifies you if the main battery has been tampered with.

It’s a physical deterrent to thieves

If people are aware your car is fitted with a tracking device they are less likely to steal the vehicle. Place a sticker in the window displaying a ‘tracker fitted’ notice and this should be enough to put most thieves off. Think about this from their position. If they have a choice of two similar cars to steal, one fitted with a tracker and one without, which option do you think they’d prefer? They will be more inclined to steal the easier option, so fitting a tracker makes a great deal of sense.

Want to protect your vehicle? Fit it with a tracking device!

With vehicle crime on the rise and the genuine risk of never seeing your car again if it is stolen, there’s never been a better time to have a tracker installed. We can assist you with this here at Autotronix. Simply contact us today for a FREE no-obligation quote or call us to discuss the trackers we have for sale on 01908 785 490.

of those crimes? Possibly you had your vehicle broken into, or maybe it was stolen altogether, and you haven’t seen it since. The vast majority of vehicle crime is preventable with the right safety measures.  Upgrading the alarm system and fitting a vehicle tracking system, for example, will help you to protect your car.

A vehicle tracker is especially useful in the fight against crime. If you value your car, van, or any type vehicle and want to give it a higher level of security, consider fitting a tracking system and you’ll reap all of these benefits.

You get instant notification if your vehicle is moved without authorisation

Many tracking systems incorporate movement sensors which activate if the vehicle moves without your consent which is an early warning device. This is an early warning device. A signal is sent to a control centre where security staff are sat waiting ready to monitor the situation. Upon receiving the signal, they will notify the owner to confirm whether they are with the vehicle or not. If a situation arises, and it quickly becomes apparent that the vehicle has been stolen, the tracker will continue to monitor the movement of the vehicle giving the exact location at all times.

The vehicle is tracked live during Its journey using GPS

Trackers work in live time so you know exactly where your vehicle is once it has been reported stolen. A continual progress update is provided at all times, so you’ll know when your vehicle is on the move, and when it comes to a standstill. Modern trackers work whether the vehicle is being driven, on the back of a trailer, hidden in a garage, or shut away inside a shipping container. The signal continues to work regardless so you can plot its course during any unauthorised movement.

Once the vehicle stops you can pinpoint the precise location

One of the biggest advantages of tracking systems is the ability to pinpoint the precise movements of your car and establish when and where the vehicle has stopped. The moment you see the vehicle in a stationary position you can notify the local police and take the necessary steps to have the vehicle recovered.  Trackers give you ‘eyes’ on the vehicle no matter where it ends up in the country.

Security guards can be sent until recovery is arranged

Certain tracker systems, like the SmarTrack for example, allow the security centre (who are responsible for monitoring the movements of the car) to send a security guard to its location once it comes to a halt. They will wait with the vehicle until recovery can be arranged, so you know it will be safeguarded until it is back in your possession.

Systems have their own battery backup

You won’t have to worry if your battery is disconnected when your vehicle is stolen if it is fitted with a SmarTrack Alert24 tracking system. This reliable tracking system comes with its own backup battery, and it also notifies you if the main battery has been tampered with.

It’s a physical deterrent to thieves

If people are aware your car is fitted with a tracking device they are less likely to steal the vehicle. Place a sticker in the window displaying a ‘tracker fitted’ notice and this should be enough to put most thieves off. Think about this from their position. If they have a choice of two similar cars to steal, one fitted with a tracker and one without, which option do you think they’d prefer? They will be more inclined to steal the easier option, so fitting a tracker makes a great deal of sense.

Want to protect your vehicle? Fit it with a tracking device!

With vehicle crime on the rise and the genuine risk of never seeing your car again if it is stolen, there’s never been a better time to have a tracker installed. We can assist you with this here at Autotronix. Simply contact us today for a FREE no-obligation quote or call us to discuss the trackers we have for sale on 01908 785 490.

Essential Car Security Tips For This Winter

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For many people, a car is the second most expensive purchase they will ever make, behind the family home. Due to this, it makes sense to invest in improving the security of your vehicle, whether it is a car, a motorbike or a van. Just think of the inconvenience that it would represent having your vehicle or its contents stolen, even if your insurance covers part of the expenses. Continue reading →

The Rise of Car Audio Equipment

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Gone are the days of in-car entertainment equipment consisting of a simple fitted radio or tape deck. Technological advances mean that vehicles can now contain every kind of visual and audio equipment. We can install DVD players, CD players and wireless systems with inputs to incorporate media from personal devices such as iPods, mobile phones, cameras and MP3 players.

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Remapping Your Engine: FAQs

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Here at Autotronix, we offer engine re-mapping to really help you get the most out of your vehicle’s performance. But despite it being a popular, and relatively simple, modification, many people still do not understand exactly what the process involves. Because of this, we’ve found many questions arise around engine remapping – is it bad for the environment? Is it even legal? We’ve rounded up the most commonly asked questions from our customers here so we can shed some light on the subject.

So what exactly is engine re-mapping?
In the simplest terms, an engine re-map is a tuning service which allows some of the manufacturer’s restrictions on your vehicle to be lifted, allowing you to enjoy higher performance and fuel economy.

But how do you do it?
The most common method we use is via the OBD (on board diagnostics) port, which is your vehicle’s self-diagnostic and reporting facility. It communicates data to the ECU, which is used to set ignition and fuel supply. When we perform an engine remap, we analyse and alter the data to provide a more efficient engine performance. Because we work on the OBD rather than the ECU itself where possible, we can provide a much less invasive operation which doesn’t involve removing the ECU from your vehicle at all.

Does it matter if my car is petrol or diesel?
No, we can perform re-mapping on either, although some turbo diesel engines can expect greater results.

What effect will it have on fuel economy?
That really depends how you drive. Many people who undertake a re-mapping do it to increase performance, and if this is the case, you’ll most likely want to make the most of the performance when driving it. This is likely to consume a lot of fuel! However, when you drive economically, you’ll probably find you consume less fuel than you did driving at the same level previously.

How long will it take?
The entire process shouldn’t take longer than a couple of hours. This includes one of our technicians taking the vehicle for a test drive before and after the re-map is carried out.

Do I have to come to you?
No. Based in Bedford, we’re happy to travel as far as Milton Keynes, Luton and Northampton to perform an engine re-map.
Autotronix provide not only engine remapping but the installation of van locks, parking sensors, car speakers and much more across Bedford and the surrounding areas. For more information, call us today on one of the numbers above or contact us online.