Lockdown Outsmart The Thief

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irnbru guess who set off their OTT alarm this morning!:doh:
Motorhome was at home as I was fitting the satellite dish on it.
About as popular as rabies in a guide dog home was I at 06.20ish!:whistle2:
Carl called in around 30 seconds though.:Smile:
 

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Certainly many insurers insist on Thatcham approved systems. This eliminates OTT
According to their website they are Insurance and Thatcham Approved CAT 1 for their Motorhome alarm. I don't have one so i can't comment but if it is Insurance approved it might make a big difference to some.
 

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According to their website they are Insurance and Thatcham Approved CAT 1 for their Motorhome alarm. I don't have one so i can't comment but if it is Insurance approved it might make a big difference to some.
That must be fairly recent as when I enquired they were not.... Simon Howards Motorhomes comment seems to bear this out.

I would go for Vanbitz without doubt anyway. Had two systems on two vans without any issues at all. I have a crummy scorpion system with tracker on my van which apparently was a factory fit. Pain in the neck as I have never yet managed to disable the internal movement sensor despite numerous conflicting instructions
 
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Confirm they are Thatcham approved
Likewise. We've got their system and Safeguard are happy with it. The fact that it could be fitted on the drive was a major selling point for us, and we have found Carl to be accessible and helpful (y).
 

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That must be fairly recent as when I enquired they were not.... Simon Howards Motorhomes comment seems to bear this out.

I would go for Vanbitz without doubt anyway. Had two systems on two vans without any issues at all. I have a crummy scorpion system with tracker on my van which apparently was a factory fit. Pain in the neck as I have never yet managed to disable the internal movement sensor despite numerous conflicting instructions
I agree i would also go with vanbitz as i have with my last 2 motorhomes, i don't think it is very good for a company to provide an 0870 number for support as these being called from a mobile will be a tad expensive for sure in fact that's also the sales line.
 
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That must be fairly recent as when I enquired they were not.... Simon Howards Motorhomes comment seems to bear this out.
As I understand it, and I may be wrong, but the OSTT website seems to confirm this:

They sell a more basic MH alarm based on a Gemini alarm system which they state is Cat 1 approved.

They also sell their Lockdown system which as far as I am aware is not an approved Thatcham alarm system, but OSTT claim it is "TUV accredited" which could mean any number of things.
 

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They also sell their Lockdown system which as far as I am aware is not an approved Thatcham alarm system, but OSTT claim it is "TUV accredited" which could mean any number of things.
I think that may be where confusion comes, perhaps. I was given a firm no from the insurers but that was a while ago
 
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I think that may be where confusion comes, perhaps. I was given a firm no from the insurers but that was a while ago
A few posts on my MH owners FB group only a couple of weeks ago from owners who were having to swallow the usual increases in insurance premiums at renewal because of difficulty in finding other insurers who would accept the system. I think that maybe more of an issue where insurers insist on Thatcham approved systems being fitted to vans over a specific value. If the van is under that threshold and the alarm isn't a requirement of them being able to quote, they may be more happy to accept it solely for the purpose of offering a "discount" which may or may not be fictitious ;)
 
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As said earlier the 5 percent is neither here nor there to me. As long as I end up with a product that stops my van going missing then I’m happy. Had I lived south I might’ve chosen vanbitz.
 

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Good luck with the new mh and we'll look fwd to picking your brains once you have Outsmart fitted. :)
 
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Well Mrs.. irnbru I'm sure it was today you were getting sorted...
Dare I ask how it's gone and are you and mum happy bunnies..🤔🤔😂😂
 

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A few posts on my MH owners FB group only a couple of weeks ago from owners who were having to swallow the usual increases in insurance premiums at renewal because of difficulty in finding other insurers who would accept the system. I think that maybe more of an issue where insurers insist on Thatcham approved systems being fitted to vans over a specific value. If the van is under that threshold and the alarm isn't a requirement of them being able to quote, they may be more happy to accept it solely for the purpose of offering a "discount" which may or may not be fictitious ;)
Yep, due to the value of the van, Comfort would only accept a Thatcham system.
 

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Well Mrs.. irnbru I'm sure it was today you were getting sorted...
Dare I ask how it's gone and are you and mum happy bunnies..🤔🤔😂😂
More to the point Andy is how many times have they set it off already!:whistle2::doh:
My subscription better no go up to cover the cost of all the phone calls from Carl.:swear2::pray:
 
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Well Mrs.. irnbru I'm sure it was today you were getting sorted...
Dare I ask how it's gone and are you and mum happy bunnies..🤔🤔😂😂
Yes we got Outsmart fitted today. We can sleep peacefully now :)

Mum particularly likes the panic button and says all solo travellers should have one fitted especially women.. movan :). I secretly think she enjoys it even more since we got it thrown in free :giggler:

It looks a very tidy job, nothing not to like.

More to the point Andy is how many times have they set it off already!:whistle2::doh:
My subscription better no go up to cover the cost of all the phone calls from Carl.


:swear2::pray:
Haha Grant, I've not set it yet. It will be more likely Alan to set it off, he likes to check everything always works as it should.

Did you ask if They wanted to join the forum irnbru??🤔
I didn't personally ask but I believe Carl did try and join at one point.
 

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Haha Grant, I've not set it yet. It will be more likely Alan to set it off, he likes to check everything always works as it should.
Dead easy to check. I do it "regularly"!:whistle:
Lock the doors, set the alarm using the fob, unlock and open one of the doors and answer your mobile!:oops:
 
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As said earlier the 5 percent is neither here nor there to me. As long as I end up with a product that stops my van going missing then I’m happy. Had I lived south I might’ve chosen vanbitz.
We live in Halifax and OSTT is up the road in York. However we went to Vanbitz 3 years ago and just incorporated the I installation into a weeks holiday. No brainer for me. Growler and non starter well worth it, excellent system. Was not an insurance requirement for me, I had a Sigma alarm on the van when I purchased it. Didn't like it so replaced it.
From I know if you have a say 80k+ MH as mentioned previously alot of insurer dont accept OSTT
Its personal choice at the end of the day.
 
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irnbru Sandra I was there when Wendo55 van alarm was triggered. We were at a show next to one another, the alarm was triggered silently they tried to ring her but she had left her phone in the van, they contacted her next number which belonged to someone who was also at the show.

At the time it was funny as Wendy had no idea the alarm had been activated, I think the dog had set it off. Her contact person was also parked close to us and passed the phone over to Wendy.

It was very impressive the service provided.
 

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You clearly don't know the product as you are wrong.
You completely misunderstand me.

You post "I have an alarm, yippee I'm safe". As do many others.

This is totally the wrong attitude. You have an alarm, you are a bit safer in one area. There are so many other areas where you are at risk. This is why our resident security expert wrote a book on the subject and why I said "don't get complacent" just because you have the capability of detecting an intruder.
 
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hilldweller Sorry yes I think I did misunderstand you. I thought you were meaning the panic button was just a buzzer when in fact it doesn't buzz.

We have wild camped for several years so never get complacent but having the van alarmed does help peace of mind especially now that my dog has gone.
 
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