we had written about the Delhi Transport Department’s public notice directing
people to immediately go in for High Security Registration Plates (HSRPs) and
colour coded stickers.
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the time HSRPs have become mandatory in the country, the theft of vehicles has
only increased. HSRPs have not been a fool-proof method of deterring vehicle
AND THEFT IMMOBILISERS
can safeguard their vehicles with all kinds of mechanical locks from steering
wheel locks, tyre locks, gear locks and many more ways and means. The vehicle
market is also flooded with all kinds of remote locks and these anti theft
alarms come with sensors that raise a loud sound when someone tampers with your
car. You have modern vehicles coming with something call theft immobilisers. An
immobiliser is an electronic security device fitted to a motor vehicle that
prevents the engine from running unless the correct key is present. This
prevents the vehicle from being "hot wired" after entry has been
achieved and thus reduces motor vehicle theft. There are also modern anti theft
electronic devices wherein if a thief is able to grab your car and drive it away,
you can call up the call centre after filing a police report and the call
centre will immobilise the car.
car manufacturers are offering in their cars such anti theft electronic devices
wherein if a car is stolen it can be traced as well as immobilised. It comes as
an OEM fitment and is usually offered in relatively top end variants. Almost
all OEMs in the country today offer this service which is initially free for
the first few years but thereafter it is charged as it requires a SIM card and
the services of the OEM’s call centre.
Not only is your car traced with this app based device and security system, but you can also enjoy features like geo fencing, etc. Compared to all these highly sophisticated anti theft devices and technologies, the high security registration plates simply pale in comparison.
To give you an example, Hyundai Motor India offers its service, known as HyundaiBlueLink in cars like the Venue, Verna, Creta, Elantra and the Tucson models.
The HyundaiBlueLink gives you a connected driving experience with an inbuilt SIM card which will also allow for remote monitoring of the vehicle’s security. Upon a Vehicle Burglar Alarm being activated, the owner will receive a notification that the vehicle has been stolen. The system also allows for live tracking of the vehicle, providing location information that will undoubtedly aid its quick retrieval. The owner also has the option of requesting the Hyundai call centre to immobilise the vehicle entirely. Is that not smart?
Motown India had a couple of years back also written about South Africa based Recoveri and its Microdot technology , a highly effective form of vehicle marking and powerful theft deterrent.
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MicroDot technology involves spraying thousands of the small dots, laser etched with a PIN (Personal Identification Number) number, linked to the Vehicle VIN Number. These small laser-etched dots contain nano-size (0.5 mm) particles that carry all the information. It becomes almost impossible for car thieves to dispose of the stolen car even after dismantling. Four-wheeler vehicles like cars, trucks or buses require at least 10,000 microdots, while at least 5,000 such dots are needed for two-wheeler. The manufacturers would have to ensure that the dots remain readable for at least 15 years after fitment.
Retrofitting old cars which are about to end their lives (In Delhi, petrol vehicles have a life of 15 years, while diesel vehicles have a life of 10 years) with HSRPs and colour coded stickers do not make sense.
At Motown India, we are not really convinced by the security provided by HSRPs and neither do we understand the purpose served by colour coded stickers.
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