In 1986 General Motors introduced the Vehicle Anti-Theft System (VATS) on the Corvette. This system quickly made its way into many other General Motors vehicles as a standard feature. The VATS system can be easily identified by looking at the key. In VATS equipped vehicles there is a visible black resistor called a ‘pellet’ in […]
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2013 Land Rover and Jaguar Prox Key Programming NOW AVAILABLE! We have recently gained the ability to program proximity (Push Button Start Type) key fobs for select Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles. These types of keys have to be Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) ONLY! Unlike other older models, there are no generic alternatives so the […]
Are you a BMW owner that has called everywhere to get a spare key to your car? If the answer is yes then chances are that you’ve called everybody and their brother and they have all referred you to the BMW dealer. The BMW dealer isn’t necessarily a bad option really. You need your ID, […]
A Short History of the Ford PATS 1 System Ford began putting transmitter-responder or ‘Transponder’ chips into their keys in 1996 with select models. This system was called the Passive Anti-Theft System (PATS), and quickly became a standard feature. Ford owners on the PATS 1 system can program in their own keys if they follow […]
One of the best ways to put home burglary related crimes into perspective is to look at the numbers. These numbers aren’t mean to scare you. Instead, look at these stats as a tool to better see your neighborhood. Don’t live under a false idea that your neighborhood is “Safe”. (more…)
Some time ago there were several reports on lock bumping. Bumping is a way of picking a lock with a specially made key, and the lock industry has been aware of the method for some time now. The Media took the stories and ran with them, making bumping look like it was the criminals’ key […]