One of the leading suppliers of commercial vehicle security products, TVL, will be raising awareness at their stand (4H98) at the CV Show, of one of the more devious methods deployed by thieves and organised criminal gangs involved in attacks on vans, and how to combat them.
“Currently 50 per cent of thefts are electronic with reportedly 69 vehicles per day being stolen in the Metropolitan Police area alone,” said Ian Platt, Business Development Manager at TVL.
“On-board diagnostics (OBD) port intrusion is becoming the method of choice for organised gangs,” he said. “Thieves steal vans by overriding the manufacturer’s immobilisation system – by connecting a laptop or PDA and programming a new key via the OBD port into the ECU.”
TVL offers a patented OBD Port Protector which is recommended by leading manufacturers and industry bodies and is Thatcham-accredited. It works by encasing the OBD port in a secure ‘safe’.
Another version uses a four-dial system similar to that used in padlocks and briefcases, with no requirement for a key.
TVL also uniquely supplies a driver’s door deadlock for the Ford Transit range, and now has eight products accredited by the leading van manufacturer.