Vehicle Security "Thatcham’s vehicle security testing regime is considered to be one of the most rigorous in the world."
Thatcham Security Categories
Category 1 Electronic Alarm and Immobiliser
Category 2 Electronic Immobiliser
Category 2-1 Electronic Alarm upgrade
Category 3 Mechanical Immobiliser
Category 4 Wheel Locking Devices
Category 5 Stolen Vehicle Tracking and Recovery
Category 6 Stolen Vehicle Tracking
Category 7 Stolen Vehicle Location
Section 3: Automotive Replacement and Supplementary Locks
To many people, Thatcham Research are synonymous with vehicle security. Rightly so, given the centre’s contribution to an impressive reduction in UK vehicle crime since the mid-90’s.
Thatcham’s vehicle security team was established in 1992, with the primary aim of stemming the explosion in vehicle crime, which at the time was proving of great concern to the insurance industry.
Today recorded theft of vehicles is less than 100,000 cases per year down, from 620,000 at its height. Whilst many organisations can claim credit including vehicle manufacturers, UK law enforcement and government, Thatcham have been instrumental in driving up standards in both factory fit and aftermarket vehicle security installations and our security testing regime is considered to be one of the most rigorous in the world, acting as a model for crime prevention efforts internationally.
Over the past two decades, Thatcham have subjected almost every new vehicle destined for UK roads to a New Vehicle Security Assessment, (NVSA). In the case of cars and LCVs, the results from the Thatcham NVSA go forward to the insurance group rating panel where, depending on performance, they can affect a vehicle’s grouping by up to 2 groups. Find out how your vehicle performs in our 'My Vehicle' ratings section.
Thatcham's security team also carry out extensive testing on a wide range of original fit and aftermarket security equipment covering the following vehicle types
Light Commercial Vehicles
Heavy Goods Vehicles
Agricultural and construction machinery