How Effective is Stolen Vehicle Recovery?

Some people see getting a Category 5 or 6 tracker fitted to their vehicle as a “grudge purchase” forced on them by demanding insurance companies. However when we examine some statistics of how effective the stolen vehicle recovery process is these days, due to these trackers, we can see another picture.

In the UK these trackers have helped reduce stolen vehicle numbers from over 300,000 to under 70,000 in recent years. These kind of results help insurance companies lower premiums for owners of higher valued vehicles. They also help curb criminal gangs who operate as professional thieves from continuing.

In the graphic below we can see the data for global recoveries in February 2017. With 212 recoveries valued at £2.15million we see that for the criminals it’s no small “industry.” With that kind of incentive we can see why it happens. It almost becomes the duty of the conscientious car owner to discourage and help combat this kind of deplorable crime. The most effective way to do this definitely proves to be a GPS tracker covertly hidden within the vehicle.

February 2017 stolen vehicle recovery stats
February 2017 stolen vehicle recovery stats

I have a Cobra Alarm in my Mitsubishi but no Fobs – What can I do?

Upon import into the UK most Mitsubishi vehicles were fitted with a Cobra alarm as standard. So if you have a Shogun, Lancer , L200 or pretty much any other Mitsubishi the chances are you have Cobra alarm fitted as standard. As time goes by one or more of the fobs or touch keys could’ve gone missing. Or perhaps you picked up your Mitsubishi second hand and the previous owner didn’t supply you with any keys or information.

Some Background Info on the Alarms fitted in Mitsubishis

Mitsubishi renamed the Cobra 8165 as the Diamond Collection Optimum HF3 Security System and rebranded the Cobra 8185 as the Elite 4. Both of these alarms originally came with 2 x 7777b Key and 2 x Touch Key. The large button on the 7777b key operates the central locking and arms and disarms the alarm. The Touch key is as an override to disarm the alarm in the instance of fob failure. It is also needed with the alarm PIN code to add new fobs to the system.

Cobra Touch Key suitable for Mitsubishi alarms
An example of a Touch Key
cobra 7777 fob as used on Misubishi alarms
Example of 7777 fob






Now with both these systems the reprogramming procedures is the same. We’re going to take a look at the possible combinations of scenarios you may find yourself in and explain what you need to do in order to get a new fob(s) and touch key(s).

I have a working touch key and my PIN code but no Fobs or one Fob and I’d like a spare.

This is a nice simple solution. Simply order as many 7777b keys as you need from here and for spare touch keys click here. Upon purchase you will be emailed the instructions on how to add them to the system. The procedure is straightforward and requires no mechanical or auto electrical knowledge or skill. One thing to note is that the alarm can only store up to 4 remotes/touch keys in any combination (for example 2 Fobs and 2 touch keys or 3 fobs and 1 touch key).

I have a working Touch key but I don’t know my PIN code

In order to retrieve your PIN code you will need to find the main unit of the alarm and send us the serial number and model number of the unit.

Where can I find my alarm unit?

One way to find the main alarm unit is to trace the wiring back from the LED. On the Shogun the alarm was fitted predominately in the drivers kickwell panel to the right of the gas pedal.

Shogun Alarm Position | Where is my Misubishi alarm?
Where the alarm is located in the Shogun

What does the serial number look like?

The serial number will be 8 digits long (numbers only). It will be found after an S/N. We will need this alongside the model number of the alarm, which is a 4 digit number. You can email this to to get your PIN code. An example would be model 8165 s/n 01342895

Example of a serial number
Example of a serial number

What can I do if I have no working touch keys?

In this instance it is important to disarm the alarm using a working fob if you have one. If not use the PIN code to disarm the alarm (see above as to how to get PIN code if you don’t have it). The alarm can be disarmed with the PIN code by

1. Turn the ignition ON and OFF 3 times within 7 seconds, the system LED will illuminate
2. When the LED extinguishes switch the ignition ON
3. The LED will flash. Count the number of flashes to correspond with the first digit of the PIN code
4. Switch the ignition OFF then back ON and count the flashes for the second digit of the PIN code
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until all four digits of the PIN code have been entered (finishing with the ignition ON)

Once the alarm is in the disarmed state you can remove it from the harness. The main unit can be sent to the manufacturer

Hopefully this guide has helped you with your Mitsubishi alarm. If you have any further questions please email us at or leave a question in the comments below.

Insurance Approved Tracker – How Easily Can I have one Fitted?

Confused About Car Trackers? Get an insurance approved tracker with us
Don’t be confused by insurance approved tracking systems

A common question we get asked is “My Insurance Company Has Asked Me To Fit A Tracker, What Should I Do?” Well if you need an insurance approved tracker then hopefully this post will help.

Insurance companies will usually demand that on more expensive vehicles a tracker is fitted. In fact you could be in breach of any policy if you don’t comply. Which means that in the unfortunate incidence of your pride and joy being stolen you might not even be covered. Making the loss of your vehicle even worse when no claim can be made.

Now if you have been asked to have one fitted you might be wondering what is the easiest way to get it done is. At Cobra Car Tech we offer nationwide installation on Thatcham Category 5 and 6 trackers.

This means you can order online with us, we then arrange a mutually agreeable date for the installation, and the fitting can be professionally and easily done. In fact if you prefer we can even install at your workplace.

What’s the difference between Thatcham Category 5 and 6?

Protect & Connect 5 ADR card which helps comply with Thatcham Category 5. Making it an insurance approved tracker
The ADR card works passively so all you need to do is carry it

Essentially the main difference is that a Thatcham Category 5 Tracker is its more secure. It has the additional features of a driver identification card (known as an ADR card on Vodafone systems), engine crank inhibition and the subscription provider must have a secure operating centre that meets NSI requirements.

Now you might wonder what these extra features mean, so let’s look at them individually.

The driver identification card is a small passively operating card that is carried by the vehicle owner separately from the vehicle’s keys. If the car’s ignition is started and the car is moved away from the card then the secure operating centre is alerted. They will contact you to confirm if a theft has taken place. This process is secured by a pre-arranged password, so should the thief have your phone as well, the police can still be informed. The secure operating centre will then liaise with the local police to actively recover the vehicle.

The engine crank inhibition feature means that, should the police allow, the starter motor on the vehicle can be cut. This means that if the thief stops the vehicle they will not be able to restart it. This feature dramatically increases the recovery chances of your vehicle.

And the final feature to be explained is the Secure Operating Centre. This is a dedicated 24/7 centre that can be contacted at any time. The Vodafone centre is the class leader and has in place more police agreements than any other UK category 5 tracker. This means they offer protection in over 180 countries.

Vodafone Protect & Connect 5 is the class leading insurance approved tracker
The class leading Vodafone Protect & Connect 5

The common features shared by the Category 5 and Category 6 are Battery Back-up power supply, Bi directional communication, Street level mapping, a police security agreement, positional data store and an illegal motion detection capability. All these features are needed to make the system Thatcham approved and thus an insurance approved tracker.

So if you don’t feel the need for the extra protection of the Category 5 Vodafone Protect & Connect 5 then it’s best to get the Category 6 Vodafone Protect & Connect 6. Bear in mind it is worth double checking that your insurance company hasn’t specified a Category 5 tracker. And a final thing to note is that the subscription must be kept up to date to validate your insurance. Luckily at Cobra Car Tech we are now offering the first year’s subscription free on all units.

So ordering and getting an insurance approved tracker has never been easier!

How does Stolen Vehicle Recovery Work?

The concept is simple but effective:

A tracking device is covertly and securely fitted to the vehicle.
This unit uses GPS, GPRS and GSM to communicate and pinpoint the exact location of the vehicle to secure operating centres.
These secure operating centres liaise with the police to recover the vehicle in the event of a theft.

Are there differences in quality?

Put simply like any product there can be differences in quality. Where Cobra tracking systems distinguish themselves is at every stage of the process.

For starters the device used by the Cobra system is the industry class leader. Every Cobra system is designed, manufactured and tested by a team of engineers in a state of the art production facility in Milan, Italy.
Not only do the units utilise low battery drain technology they also benefit from an internal battery back-up. The lightweight construction is compact but highly robust. This means that it can be carefully concealed within the vehicle and even if the would be thief should find it they won’t be able to break it. And in the event of any tampering the unit alerts the secure operating centre.

The communicative aspect of a Cobra system again distinguish it from competitors. The superior design of each device provides highly sensitive 16 channel 158 dBm tracking which allows extended positioning coverage. This means more GPS tracking in places previously not attainable.

The ADR card works passively so all you need to do is carry it

And with a specially designed roaming SIM card the unit automatically communicates with over 360 local GSM networks. This combination of GPS and quad band GPRS/GSM technologies allows for more precise positioning.

Perhaps the most differentiating feature of a Cobra Tracking system is the dedicated 24/7 secure operating centres. Set up to constantly monitor they have obtained a special relationship with the Police to liaise with any patrol car, provide live tracking data including the speed and direction of travel.

Could This Save A Young Driver’s Life?

Young Driver
Young drivers are more at risk

Are you the parent of a new driver? Have you ever wondered how you could make driving safer for your son or daughter? Then perhaps there’s a simple solution you’ve completely overlooked.
Bearing in mind that young drivers (17-24 years old) are at a much higher risk of crashing than older drivers any responsible parent should be considering all available technology that could protect their child. It’s a fact that drivers aged 17-19 only make up 1.5% of UK licence holders, but are involved in 12% of fatal and serious crashes.
But what technology is available? Well you may have heard of ‘black box’ technology which involves fitting a black box under the bonnet which essentially works by assessing accelerating and harsh braking. This piece of kit is great but very limited. A much better way to monitor the driving is with a good quality in car camera.
Now you might be thinking to yourself “I’m a responsible mother but I don’t want to be accused of being Big Brother!” The In Car Camera will help your child provide evidence in the incidence of any crash. Without solid evidence it is likely to be assumed that the young driver is culpable for any fault.
And if your child needn’t worry that you’ll be eavesdropping on them. A good In Car Camera can be set so that audible recording is turned off. After all young Johnny and his pals don’t want mummy and daddy listening to their conversations.
But you may be asking yourself how does having an In Car Camera help make my child’s driving safer, surely it’s only useful after incidents have happened?
Well research has shown that young drivers are more likely to take many of the most serious risks, including speeding, overtaking blind, driving on drugs, and not wearing seat belts. It is believed this is due to the frontal lobe, the part of the brain that helps control impulses and emotions and assesses risk, is not fully developed until the mid-20s. Due to this fact the best way to curtail these reckless tendencies is through monitoring them. Now as it’s not practical to sit with your child on every journey so the In Car Camera does the job for you. And because your child knows their driving is being monitored they will be more conscientious.

Reckless driving
Help protect your child

Perhaps the most common risky behaviour young drivers engage in is speeding. It has been shown that excessive or inappropriate speed is known to be a key contributory factor in crashes involving young drivers in the UK and elsewhere. Research has found that a third of fatal young driver crashes in the USA are speed-related. Again this is where a good quality In Car Camera can assist because the speed can be recorded too.
So now you know the facts perhaps the best purchase you’ll make today is a good quality In Car Camera. Check out our range today

What’s the most effective alarm system out there?

Car security is often a game of cat and mouse. As vehicles and aftermarket security systems get more high-tech so do the thieves. These days the professional car thief isn’t smashing windows or crowbarring doors open. Their real threat comes from key cloning, this allows the criminal access to the car almost effortlessly. In fact last year, in London alone, 44,500 vehicles were compromised using key clones.

Car thief in action
Protect your car from thieves

Key cloning can occur when unscrupulous vendors, such as your local car valet, copy the keys trustingly given to them by unsuspecting vehicle owners. More alarmingly than this is the fact that a portable device or laptop can be used to scan a car key and replicate it. A group of Israeli and Belgian researchers found a vulnerability in Keeloq the algorithm that is used to secure RF anti-theft digital key systems in numerous vehicles, including those made by such companies as Honda, Ford, General Motors, Mercedes Benz and others. All this means the key can be copied remotely will you’re parked up at your local supermarket unwittingly doing your weekly shop.

Now you might think why have car manufacturers allowed their keys to be copied so easily? Well according to European competition rules the cars OBD II port has to be open so that diagnostic programming is available to non-franchised dealers. An innocent enough regulation being exploited by the criminal minded.

But what can be done in order to prevent this kind of theft? Well an ordinary alarm and immobiliser is effectively useless against this attack. As the vehicle believes an original key is being used so doesn’t activate the alarm or immobilise the vehicle. So something more is needed and here’s where the Cobra Thatcham Cat 2-1 Wireless Canbus Alarm With Adr comes in. The Alarm has all the features you’d expect but it’s the ONLY alarm that uses OE key to remain armed in a hack clone situation. And that’s due to the use of ADR cards. If these are not present then the alarm sounds and the immobiliser kicks in. Turning the key clone holding car thief’s simple robbery into an absolute nightmare and more importantly securing your car.

The ADR Card is discreet
The ADR Card is discreet

This high security system disarming feature is straightforward to use. The vehicle owner carries the ADR card with the original keys, they come with a hole and are small enough to be barely noticeable so no worries there. The original vehicle remote just locks and unlocks the vehicle as normal. Upon using the unlock button of the remote the Cobra alarm allows 15 seconds to detect the ADR card, if it is not present the alarm sounds and the vehicle is immobilised. This elegant and convenient solution is the most cost effective way to secure your vehicle.

So if you don’t want your treasured motor to end up in a chop shop being stripped for parts or as part of a ram raiding bank robbery then act today. Get yourself the most effective alarm system out there, get yourself a Cobra Thatcham Cat 2-1 Wireless Canbus Alarm With Adr


Footballers, Fast Cars and Money To Burn!

If you’ve ever thought to yourself “I wonder which footballer has the most expensive car?” then ponder no longer, we’ve compiled a top 10 list. Even if that conjecture has yet to enter your conscious thought process this list is still a chance to have a look and decide are these some mighty fine cars or some ostentatious muppet wagons?

In tenth place on the list is Nani sporting the Lamborghini Gailardo LP 550-2 which weighs in at £140,000. The price tag on this rather tasty Lambo has led some to speculate that it’s the reason Nani finds it so hard to stay on his feet during a match, the price has turned his legs to jelly.

10) Nani [Lamborghini Gailardo LP 550-2]
10) Nani [Lamborghini Gailardo LP 550-2]
Coming ninth on the list is Turkish playmaker Arda Turan with his £145k Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. The beautifully crafted Merc could win titles just like its owner and is definitely top of la liga!

9) Arda Turan [Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG]
9) Arda Turan [Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG]
Eighth on the list sees another Merc this time it’s legendary diver Didier Drogba with his £150,000 Mercedes SL65-AMG. Drogba is known for his rolling around on the football pitch but rolling around town in this fine machine is a much better way for him to spend his time.

8) Didier Drogba [Mercedes SL65-AMG]
8) Didier Drogba [Mercedes SL65-AMG]
At seventh it’s England captain Wayne Rooney with his rather tidy looking Aston Martin Vanquish S which costs £150k. Rooney is known for his ability to score and with this beauty his netted a real stunner!

7) Wayne Rooney [Aston Martin Vanquish S]
7) Wayne Rooney [Aston Martin Vanquish S]
Coming in at sixth is footballing bad boy Jermaine Pennant with his frankly hideous Chrome Aston Martin DBS. Pennant has spent some time in jail and amazingly it wasn’t for the criminal paint job on this would-be lovely car. Money can’t buy taste but it can buy this car for £170,000.

6) Jermaine Pennant [Chrome Aston Martin DBS]
6) Jermaine Pennant [Chrome Aston Martin DBS]
At number five on the list we see our first Ferrari and it belongs to none other than midfield legend Frank Lampard. His rather stylish Ferrari 458 costs a cool £200,000 but ‘Super Frank’ deserves a nice motor for all the hard graft he’s put in on the pitch.

5) Frank Lampard [Ferrari 458]
5) Frank Lampard [Ferrari 458]
Clocking in at number four on the list is a stunning N50M Lamborghini owned by Obafami Martins. Martins now plays over in the States for Seattle Sounders FC, who must have him on a sound wage, this Lambo costs a hefty £250k!

4) Obafami Martins [N50M Lamborghini]
4) Obafami Martins [N50M Lamborghini]
At number 3 is a true legend of the footballing world with an equally legendary car. It’s Mr. David Beckham with his classy Rolls Royce Phantom. David’s Phantom cost a reported £350,000, travelling in style costs a bit don’t you know!

3) David Beckham [Rolls Royce Phantom]
3) David Beckham [Rolls Royce Phantom]
Number 2 on the list sees the classless spitter extraordinaire El Hadji Diouf with his extraordinary Mercedes-Benz SLR Mclaren. Maybe the £420,000 price tag left Diouf spitting mad!

2) El Hadji Diouf [Mercedes-Benz SLR Mclaren]
2) El Hadji Diouf [Mercedes-Benz SLR Mclaren]
Ok time for the number one spot and it’s occupied by arguably the number one footballer of all time, none other than Cristiano Ronaldo. The wily winger really went all out when he got himself a LaFerrari 2014 Model which cost a reported £2 million! Well he is a superstar after all…

1) Cristiano Ronaldo [LaFerrari 2014 Model]
1) Cristiano Ronaldo [LaFerrari 2014 Model]
So what did you make of the cars on that list? Was that money well spent or a complete waste? One thing we’re certain of at Cobra Car Tech is that one way to spend money on your motor well is to get Premier quality security for it. Check out our wide range of alarms and immobilisers to find the best way protect your vehicle. Because even if your motor is not quite like a footballer’s it still deserves to be protected!

How To Install Rear Parking Sensors

Lots of people would like parking sensors but don’t feel confident with installing them. Once an overview of the procedure has been established then realistically anyone can do it. Here we’ve put together a guide to help you with the installation process.

Mark the Holes

The first thing to do is to mark the holes out onto the rear bumper establishing where the sensors will go. It is recommended that you use masking tape to ensure a visible mark and to limit the likelihood of the drill slipping.

Find the centre of the vehicle and work from here. The spacing between each sensor should be between 30-40cm. Ensure that the spacings are the same for all the sensors. This not only makes for a professional aesthetically pleasing job but also ensures that the sensors will work correctly. It is worth spending time planning this stage.

Also note the height from the floor must be between 50-80cm with the ideal height being 55cm.

When making your hole cuts ensure the drill is held at a 90 degree angle otherwise the sensors will not sit right. This will effect their efficiency.

Be sure to use the correct size drill bit – some kits come with the bit supplied. For others you will need to buy the bit separately.

Parking Sensors Installation Guide - marking the holes
Parking Sensors Installation Guide

Power Supply

The control unit has an input for the power lead which is red (positive) and black (negative). The red goes to the reverse light circuit which can be found by consulting your car’s guide book or by using a multimeter. Another possible way is to search the internet on forums about your vehicle, however if you do this it is advisable to double check using a multimeter.

Main unit and wiring power supply
Main unit and wiring power supply

Once the reverse light’s wire has been located strip it and connect the red wire and solder it an tape the joint with electrical tape. The black wire should then be grounded.

Here is an example

Example of wiring
Example of wiring

Connecting the Sensors

Feed each sensor’s wire through the drilled hole and through a suitable grommet hole. Each sensor should be put in the correct input slot in the control unit.

Connect the LED display

Find a suitable place on your dashboard or where you would like your LED display. Run the wire to the control unit. Taking care to make sure the wire is not visible ensure a more professional looking finish