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Pandora Vehicle Alarms

Pandora Car Alarms are revolutionary, and not like anything else on the market. They're incredibly advanced systems, created in 2004. They currently have over 25% market share, being the premium and high-end vehicle security solution.

Since becoming well known across Europe, Pandora systems have made a big impact in the UK over just a period of 4 years. In this time period, technological advancements continue to be huge, with Pandora being the first manufacturer to bring 4G and Bluetooth 5.0 systems into the UK market, revolutionising vehicle security.

With an incredibly experienced in-house team at Pandora HQ, constantly researching & developing new improvements, they make sure they are staying multiple steps ahead of even the most up to date thieves. 

 

All Pandora dealers are hand picked and trained by Pandora HQ, in Redditch. They ensure our authorised installers offer the best possible security and aftermarket care for customers across the UK, by vetting their experience and knowledge before they're authorised to install.

Why Pandora? 

Pandora are raising the standards of vehicle security. 

More security. More features. More upgradeability.

Pandora offers more than any other competing system at any level, and we're not just saying that.

 

All Pandora dealers are hand picked and trained at Pandora HQ. This ensures only the most experienced auto electricians install our advanced systems, thereby offering the best installs that protect our customers vehicles nationwide. 

 

Pandora uses multiple of the strongest immobilisers as standard, with incredibly discrete alarm units offering well hidden installations on any type of vehicle.

 

We're happy to explain, in more detail, what makes Pandora different. Get in touch and a member of the team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Car Alarms offered

View the most popular types of pandora car alarm offered.

The Storm

The most secure Thatcham CAT2 immobiliser on the market.

The storm is the most basic immobiliser offered by pandora but is still very secure and will help protect your vehicle. 

It works by your vehicle not being able to start without the supplied pandora tag. Which is a small plastic tag that you keep on yourself when driving your vehicle. It could be kept in your phone case, in your wallet or even on your key (but we recommend keeping them separate from your original car key incase a thief gets hold of your car key.

This stops theft from key cloning as they maybe able to clone your original car key from a distance or connect to your car via the OBD port and program a new key but they will not be able to copy the Pandora tag so preventing your vehicle being stolen.

 

As long as you keep your tag separate from your original car key the Storm also prevents car theft even if your keys are physically stolen from you.

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You can control and adjust the Storm via a smartphone app, if you loose your tag you can disarm the Storm via your smartphone.

It has two forms of immobilisation, even if they find the very small well hidden control unit and rip it out the vehicle will not start.

The strongest immobilisation.

 

This can be upgrades to a Thatcham CAT 1 Alarm at a later date by adding a Siren and proximity sensors.

There is also the anti highjacking protection.

Mini BT CAT 1

The Mini BT controlled using your factory remote. Secured & Controlled through Pandora’s Bluetooth proximity, set up & adjusted through the bluetooth smartphone app.

The Mini BT CAT 1 Alarm and  immobiliser offered by pandora is the entry level CAT 1 alarm. It still gives minimum 2 levels of immobilisation an additional siren, additional proximity, shock and tilt sensors. 

It works by your vehicle not being able to start without the supplied pandora tag. Which is a small plastic tag that you keep on yourself when driving your vehicle. It could be kept in your phone case, in your wallet or even on your key (but we recommend keeping them separate from your original car key incase a thief gets hold of your car key.

This stops theft from key cloning as they maybe able to clone your original car key from a distance or connect to your car via the OBD port and program a new key but they will not be able to copy the Pandora tag so preventing your vehicle being stolen.

As long as you keep your tag separate from your original car key the Mini BT also prevents car theft even if your keys are physically stolen from you.

 

​​It also has an additional siren with battery back up so if the alarm goes off and the thieves cut the wires it will still sound. ​

 

It has additional sensors covering the proximity and movement in and around the car, tilt and level sensor to protect against the vehicle being jacked up or lifted onto trailers, shock sensors to protect against broken windows and parts removal which is becoming very common.

 

This is all adjustable via the mobile app then local to the vehicle via bluetooth.​​​It has minimum two forms of immobilisation, even if they find the very small well hidden control unit and rip it out the vehicle will not start.

 

There is also the anti highjacking protection.

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Pandora Smart Pro (Best Seller)

All the protection of the Mini BT CAT 1 but controlled from your phone with tracking.

Bluetooth ID Tags & Real time tracking & SmartPhone control through both Bluetooth & GSM.The Smart Pro is a type of car security system, designed to put you in full control of your vehicle, all through your SmartPhone. 

 

The system works by detecting Pandora’s military encrypted Bluetooth ID tags close to the vehicle. You can then safely control the alarm using your factory OEM key. The Smart Pro then connects to your mobile phone through Bluetooth when close to the vehicle and GSM when out of Bluetooth range, keeping you connected to your vehicle 24/7, anywhere in the world.

 

The Smart Pro Alarm and  immobiliser offered by pandora is the mid  level CAT 1 alarm. It still gives minimum 2 levels of immobilisation an additional siren, additional proximity, shock and tilt sensors. Plus tracking of your car and control of your alarm via your smart phone. 

It works by your vehicle not being able to start without the supplied pandora tag. Which is a small plastic tag that you keep on yourself when driving your vehicle. It could be kept in your phone case, in your wallet or even on your key (but we recommend keeping them separate from your original car key incase a thief gets hold of your car key.

This stops theft from key cloning as they maybe able to clone your original car key from a distance or connect to your car via the OBD port and program a new key but they will not be able to copy the Pandora tag so preventing your vehicle being stolen.

As long as you keep your tag separate from your original car key the Mini BT also prevents car theft even if your keys are physically stolen from you.

 

​​It also has an additional siren with battery back up so if the alarm goes off and the thieves cut the wires it will still sound. ​

 

It has additional sensors covering the proximity and movement in and around the car, tilt and level sensor to protect against the vehicle being jacked up or lifted onto trailers, shock sensors to protect against broken windows and parts removal which is becoming very common.

 

This is all adjustable via the mobile app then local to the vehicle via bluetooth.​​​It has minimum two forms of immobilisation, even if they find the very small well hidden control unit and rip it out the vehicle will not start.

 

There is also the anti highjacking protection remotely so if someone does get hold of your keys and tags, you can remotely stop the vehicle via the app on your phone.

The Pandora Smart Pro is a NEW type of car security, designed to put you in full control of your vehicle. Our latest Pandora Connect app works with IOS & Android, keeping you connected to your vehicle 24/7. 

 

The system works by detecting Pandora’s 128bit encrypted Bluetooth ID tags close to the vehicle. You can then safely control the alarm using your factory OEM key fob, protecting your vehicle from relay theft.  

 

Full alarm notifications will instantly appear on your smartphone, If your vehicle is attacked you are instantly notified by a phone call, Text & 4G PUSH notification. You can then control functions of the alarm by in app buttons or calling the alarm system.

 

Pandora Smartphone app allows you to monitor exact parameters and location of your vehicle at any time. In a car jacking scenario, where the vehicle is taken at force, You can safely shut the vehicle down by simply calling the alarm system and entering your secret code. This will also disable all Immobiliser tags.

There is subscription required to use the features via your smartphone and tracking, 6 months is included free, take a look in out shop to see current subscription pricing.

 

All of Pandora’s best features all rolled into one alarm system!

Van Smart

Protect not just your vehicle but your tools aswell

Latest figures in show van and tool theft at an all time high. Driving.co.uk report a massive 50% rise in 4 years of both Van and their contents, stolen costing tradesman an average of £2,000 plus in damage and tool replacement. According to the data, van drivers operating in London & Birmigham appear to be most at risk of having their vehicle stolen, as figures sourced from the Metropolitan Police show over 12,000 van burglaries/thefts over 2020 and 2021 .
 
It is now important more than ever  to fit a high quality Van alarm security package. Here at Pandora we have designed three specialist van alarm packages to fit all tradesman budgets and needs.

Bluetooth Sensor

Completely wireless Bluetooth sensor with built in 3 axle motion sensor. Designed to protect your van against door peal. Sensor also detects, shock/rotation/tilt/motion and door opening and air temperature.  

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Van Smart is the only GSM based alarm system in the world, which comes with wireless bluetooth sensor designed top protect your van from door peel. The van smart security system comes with Bluetooth ID Tags, real time tracking & SmartPhone control through both Bluetooth & GSM.The Van Smart is a NEW type of van security system, designed to put you in full control of your vehicle through your SmartPhone. 

 

The system works by detecting Pandora’s 128bit encrypted Bluetooth ID tags close to the van. You can then safely control the alarm using your factory OEM key. The Smart Pro then connects to your mobile phone through Bluetooth when close to the van and GSM when out of Bluetooth range, keeping you connected to your vehicle 24/7, anywhere in the world. Full alarm notifications will instantly appear on your smartphone.  If your van is attacked you are instantly notified by a phone call, Text & 4G PUSH notification. From here, you can control functions of the van alarm by in app buttons or calling the alarm system. Pandora Smartphone app allows you to monitor exact parameters and location of your vehicle at any time. In a car jacking scenario, where the vehicle is taken at force, You can safely shut the vehicle down by simply calling the alarm system and entering your secret code. This will also disable all Immobiliser tags. Works with both IOS & Android.Includes 1 x  wireless bluetooth sensor, protecting a rear doors or tool chest. 

 

All of Pandora’s features rolled into one alarm system, designed for a Van!

 

What’s included 

  • GSM smartphone control Anywhere in the world

  • Free 6 months free subscription*

  • Tracking and real time location

  • Bluetooth Smartphone app IOS & Android 

  • Smartwatch control

  • 2 x Pandora immobiliser tags

  • Minimum of 2 x engine immobiliser 

  • Controlled from vehicle factory remote.

  • Bluetooth Smartphone app IOS & Android 

  • 128 Bit Encryption on tags and app

  • 120db siren 

  • Anti-hijack with worldwide shut down(If switched on Anti-Hijack will void Thatcham criteria

  • Tilt sensor  - Detects vehicle jacking up, towing and wheel theft.

  • Dual Shock sensor  - Detects hard impact Light impact. 

  • Motion - Accelerometer, detects speed and movement, vehicle towing.

  • 1 x Bluetooth DMS100 sensor 

  • Option to add - Remote engine start.

There is subscription required to use the features via your smartphone and tracking, 6 months is included free, take a look in out shop to see current subscription pricing.

How Cars are stolen

Take a look below to see the different ways cars are being stolen and how pandora are preventing it.

Over the past few years, we have seen thousands of cars across the UK stolen through key cloning theft. It all started with BMW's mysteriously disappearing off owners driveways in the early hours of the morning. Fast forward a few years, it’s now uncommon for our morning Facebook news feeds to be filled with the nights cars stolen in our area. We are now seeing huge numbers of Ford, Audi, Land Rover and Mercedes being hit by the threat. Worst hit areas in the UK are London, Greater Manchester, Essex, Midlands and Liverpool. We are now seeing this trend move further south with gangs operating from further up country.

Pandora have spent years researching how these thieves are taking our cars. They have watched hours of CCTV footage made available to them by not only our customers, but also by working closely with the police in all major cities. This has helped them research exactly how each vehicle was stolen. They have also been featured in major newspapers and magazines reporting on the theft of motor vehicles. From all their research, they have designed and developed new devices which are controlled by our Pandora Alarm Systems that help keep your car on your driveway. Unlike other companies, they don't just pull an alarm out of the box and fit it straight on to your vehicle! In the world we live in this won't give you much extra security. Only a loud noisy siren coming from your car. It's the extra security features we have designed in house and fit to our packages, that keeps your car on the drive where you left it!! 

So how are they stealing your car so quickly and why aren't the manufacturers doing anything about it? 

​Firstly, OBD port key cloning.

So, What is the OBD port and what does it do? OBD (on-board diagnostics) is fitted to all vehicles from 2001. The connector, gives the vehicle owner or repair technician access to the status of the various vehicle BCMs and ECUs which control your cars electrics. If your car develops a fault or needs programming, a complex computer is plugged into the port. You may have a simple OBD reader yourself such as CarMD, Innova or Carly. Independent car garages and main dealerships generally have expensive programmers worth thousands of pounds. But a cheap OBD key reader can be purchased off the net from sites like ebay for less than a hundred pounds. These devices are capable of extracting your vehicles immobilisers codes which flashes a blank key with your vehicles security codes. The thieves are using theses devices to steal your car.

To gain access to your OBD port, first they need to get to the port, preferably with out the factory alarm activating. This is normally done by either smashing the window with the end of a spark plug, or the drivers door lock is picked using something like a Turbo decoder. On some vehicles BMW for example, the drivers door lock can be removed and a screw driver inserted. A small pressure switch can then be accessed, which when pressed will drop the drivers window and reduce the sensitivity of the factory alarms ultra sonic sensors. This then gives a black spot for the thief to work on the OBD port. Once access is gained, a specialist key cloning device is plugged into your port. Within seconds the immobiliser codes are extracted from the car. Depending on the device used, a blank key can be flashed with your car's immobiliser and alarm codes right there and then literally in seconds. The car can then simply be unlocked by pressing the disarm button on the newly programmed remote. Car started! And simply driven away.  In some cases we have seen cars which have been broken in too but are left by the thief. In this case, generally the codes are extracted and taken away to be used later to make a new key. A few days later they will return to collect your car!

How does our security packages protect your car against key cloning theft?

We offer extra security in our upgrade package to keep your car on your driveway, with the latest key cloning threat, we have specially designed an OBD port immobiliser which we include in all our Pandora upgrade packages. When the alarm system is armed, the OBD port is physically immobilised. The only way to open the port for communication is by using the super encrypted Pandora remote. This makes it almost impossible to program a key to your car when the alarm is installed.

Specially designed Engine immobiliser

We have designed and developed a new type of engine immobiliser. Specifically designed for push button start vehicles and controlled by our Pandora alarm packages. Once armed, the immobiliser stops your car from starting. Even if you have the cars OEM key fob present, you still won’t be able to start the car. This takes care of any unauthorised key cloning whilst your car is left with a third party, E.G Valeting company or garage. If a key is programmed they still won’t be able to start the car.

So why aren't the vehicle manufacturers coding the OBD port to stop this from happening? 

Well the simple answer is, legally they aren't allowed to. A law was put in place a few years ago ironically to protect us, the vehicle owner. This was put in place to stop forcing the customer back to them for service and warranty work and charging ridiculous prices to keep your vehicle going. The block exception regulation was first put in place in 2010. The BER stated that the manufacturers could not code the OBD port allowing other independent garages to access work on your vehicle at a fraction of the cost without voiding your manufacturers warranty. This opened up the industry making/protecting millions of jobs across the globe. Not many owners know this, but you could also use like for like parts such as a Bosch oil filter, apart plugs etc instead of the manufactures own parts. The only problem is, anyone can gain access to your cars main computers. Which as we have seen over the past 9 years, has seen millions of cars stolen across the globe. 

A new threat! - RollJam

well its not quite new anymore due it now being around for a few years, however with new technology being introduced and with more and more vehicle owners educated in key cloning theft, most new cars are now fitted with some sort of aftermarket alarm system or OBD port relocation/security device. So has the thefts slowed down or stopped? No way! The thief have found a new way to take your vehicle, but this time wirelessly, without even entering the car! It's called, Key Scanning!

What is RollJam?

With most OEM factory car keys featuring keyless start/entry, the biggest security threat for vehicle owners now is key scanning. A thief will visit your house armed with a black box or laptop. They will then scan for your car keys code. Now most new car keys wirelessly emit not only the alarm codes to your car, but also the immobiliser codes to start your car. These keys can work up to 5 meters from your car. Once the signal is grabbed it is amplified and sent over to a receiver box, where the code is stored. The second thief then simply needs to stand by your car with the box as if he has the key in his hand. The signal is then transmitted from your car key(even when the key is securely sat inside your house) to the box, allowing the 2nd thief to simply open and start your car. This threat is happening with all new Ford, Mercedes, BMW, Audi and Land Rover models, fitted with proximity keyless entry/start. This can also be done whilst your walking round the shops for example with the car key in your pocket. The thief only needs to walk past you to steal the codes. 

But it's not only the proximity key which is effected. This same equipment can also grab the code when you press the unlock button on your remote to unlock your car. 

 

My car or aftermarket alarm has rolling code technology so is it protected? Wrong! The thieves have found a way past this too. A well known hacker in the United States called Sammy Kamkar has demonstrated at Def Con (Conference for Hackers). He uses a side line attack. 

 

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Sammy is campaigning for all car manufacturers and aftermarket car alarm companies to upgrade the security in their key fobs. He has designed a device which is being used by the thieves to simply catch your factory remotes or aftermarket alarms key codes and stores them for use by the thief. 

 

How does key scanning work?

The next time you press your wireless key fob to unlock your car whether it be the factory remote or an aftermarket alarm, if you find that it does not beep until the second try, the issue may not be a technical glitch. Instead, a hacker like Sammy Kamkar may be using a clever radio hack to intercept and record your wireless key command. Then when that hacker walks up to your vehicle a few minutes, hours or days later it will not even take those two button presses to get inside. The $32 radio device named RollJam, smaller than a mobile phone, is designed to defeat the rolling codes security used in not only most modern cars and vans keyless entry systems, but also in most aftermarket alarm systems and in modern garage door openers. The technique, long understood but easier than ever to pull off with the Kamkar attack, which lets an intruder break into cars without a trace, turn off their alarms and effortlessly access garages.

RollJam, as Kamkar describes it, is meant to be hidden on or near a target vehicle or garage where it lies in wait for an unsuspecting victim to use his or her key fob within radio range. The victim will notice only that his or her key fob doesn’t work on the first try. But after a second, successful button press locks or unlocks a car or garage door, the RollJam attacker can return at any time to retrieve the device, press a small button on it, and replay an intercepted code from the victims fob to open that car or garage again at will. Every garage that has a wireless remote and virtually every car that has a wireless key (including aftermarket alarms from many big names) can be broken into says Kamkar. 

 

 

How does rolling Code key scanning work?

When you first press the remote, the signal to unlock the car is grabbed and stored by RollJam. We'll call this code A. But all you see is your car didn't respond. Your next reaction is to then press the button on the remote again. We'll call this code B. RollJam then grabs this code and stores this too, but in a split second also sends the first code A to the car. Your car receives code A which locks unlocks the car and Code A expires and can never be used again. But Code B is still stored in the device and can be used at any time by the thief to unlock and deactivate your alarm system and unlock your car, whether this be now or hours/days later. The majority of remotes used are generally only 40-60 bit encryption. The problem with keyloq is that it’s very dated now and although they roll the code each time, the code never expires, which allows the thief to collect these codes at any given time. 

 

How does Pandora Car Alarms Protect against key Scanning?

Pandora uses a new type of rolling code and is the only company using this technology in aftermarket alarm system. Firstly the Pro V2 (Pandora's flagship alarm system) comes with a full U.K legal 856mhz 2-Way LCD pager remote, which keeps you in contact with your vehicle anywhere up to a mile from the vehicle. Remote encryption comes in at AES-128 (that's billions of Code possibilities) but most importantly expiring codes! This makes the Pandora remote signal extremely hard to grab the codes from these remotes, making these Pandora systems the most secure option for your vehicle. 

 

 

 

Why choose our Pandora package over any other after market alarm?

Pandora secures against everything! Whether it's OBD port theft and key cloning. A specially designed second secure immobiliser designed for push button start vehicles. But most importantly, 128bit encryption. All our packages also offer the option to upgrade to Anti-Hijack immobiliser tags. This protects the owner against key theft as well as being dragged out of the car at the traffic lights. Since 2020, Pandora has been tested an approved by Thatcham, the UKs leading security research & test centre rating all our Alarms systems with a Category 1 rating being the highest level of category given. 

 

Why choose anything else? 

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