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LockDown® An advanced car security system designed to stop electronic theft.
'LockDown®' A combined car immobiliser, alarm and tracking system designed to stop the theft of your car.

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As vehicle technology advances, especially in electronics, so has the dedicated thief in their approach towards targeting and stealing your valuable car. Cloning, jamming even grabbers of key code devices are now cheaply and widely available to all. Joy riders on a wet, late night walk home may be foiled and walk on, but not professional criminals and gangs stealing vehicles to order! These are organised and dedicated thieves, successful at their chosen line of employment and well aware of any alarm units – pin-pointing each fittings weak points and location, including trackers and can disarm or override them within seconds.

These are the very same alarms and trackers you rely on; being activated by the vehicle key or by ignition switch, as are manufacturer’s passive immobilisers. While at the other end of the scenario, with cuts to Police forces there has already been numerous instances where the police were forced to prioritise, failing to recover a stolen vehicle even when they had the last known location via a tracker, this is only going to get worse.

Insurance companies may offer small premium discounts, or dependant on retail price demand sophisticated security devices, such as Cat 1 alarms and/or tracking devices to be fitted. But they too, now face unprecedented claims for ‘stolen by unknown means’ or in other words electronic theft! It wasn’t long ago when thieves needed to break into the owner’s home to steal those all-important vehicle keys, enabling them to circumnavigate the vehicles immobiliser security – but this is no longer the case.

More than 95% of vehicles stolen today use the key or electronic theft, this means if your immobiliser, alarm or tracker is armed and disarmed using the vehicle key or ignition, you have less than a 5% chance of your alarm activating or giving a theft alert. Therefore, today a totally new approach is required, hence LockDown® a new generation of vehicle security. Fully TUV accredited, it’s an integrated three in one system – comprising engine immobiliser, car alarm and tracking system, coming as standard with Outsmart the Thief’s trademark features ‘LockDown®’ and ‘SafeStop’.

LockDown® is a bespoke car security system, manufactured exclusively for Outsmart the Thief Ltd by world-renowned Italian specialist company Gemini Technologies. Comprising of a small single unit, modest wiring loom combined with siren, two remote activation fobs and dash mounted dongle-park. LockDown® can be fitted to the majority of cars or vans regardless of make; operating on a multiplex of vehicle platforms using analogue and digital signals. It even monitors the battery and alerts when tampered with, and has its own back-up battery built-in.

Tracking systems in cars were only successful in the past because the thief didn't expect one to be fitted. Now they do, and if found and ripped out, the vehicle could be long gone – but not so with our LockDown® unit. If found, wiring cut or even tampered with, say via the OBD port (vehicle on-board diagnostics) the unit recognises that it’s being targeted and attacked. The control centre is alerted, and the systems fail safe mode within the software prevents the vehicles engine from starting. The targeted vehicle maybe damaged or wounded - but NOT stolen!

If for any reason the alarm is sounded – say you forgot to disarm before unlocking, then as for any alert the control centre will telephone a stored mobile/home telephone number to advise you of the alert. They will also tell you which of the circuits has activated the alarm.

Tracking is available 24/7 across Europe and beyond, the unit reporting and storing its last location when parked, or reporting every four seconds whilst on the move. Unauthorised entry, of course triggers the alarm along with the monitoring centre, who even know the point of attack.

There are also two ‘intelligent’ self-levelling tilt sensors protecting the car, which will detect any movement along or across the vehicle. This will send an alert if the car is tilted for any reason. Our attention to detail is revealed when arming the system - using either of the two supplied rolling-coded key fobs, the lights flash twice for ON and three times for OFF – with no audible sound.

Another useful feature is the ability to incorporate additional wireless PIR movement detector or a wireless door contacts. This could be used for instance to alarm your garage door with the car safely inside, or addition of a movement detector inside the garage and linking this to your vehicle security system. Then as soon as the garage doors are opened or movement is detected within, your car alarm will sound sending an alert to the monitoring centre who will in turn telephone you. At this point the system also automatically immobilises the engine – can the competitors system provide this?

Outsmart the Thief Ltd have a dedicated nationwide LockDown® fitting team, who can install to your car or van at your home address by appointment. A growing network of select dealerships can now also arrange fitment of LockDown®, giving you peace of mind in this new wave of security. The whole system is also transferable from customer to new owner or if required at a later date from one vehicle to another.

Should the thief ever manage to steal your car, say by using the original vehicle keys or under duress then a command can be sent to render the engine ‘dead’ upon noting zero movement with the ignition turned off, also setting off the alarm siren and lights flashing. Then our UK Monitoring Centre team will contact you and follow strict procedures to recover the vehicle if it is moved.

LockDown® is monitored 24-hours, 365 days a year, and is tracked to provide a precise location immediately the car alarm is triggered.

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This is our registered and most powerful feature - once the alarm and immobiliser are armed, an encrypted signal is sent to the on-board security system, alerting the unit to ignore the alarm remote control, and keeping the vehicle immobilised. Even with any type of key or remote control, the alarm cannot be de-activated; therefore the vehicle will not start. You can also remotely arm or disarm the alarm, or locate your car or van; simply by telephoning the monitoring centre or by using our android mobile phone app.


Another of our trade mark features where the monitoring centre can stop the vehicle. By signalling the engine ECU remotely, the control centre can safely upon noting a zero speed/movement for several seconds, stop the engine. Then further drawing attention to the car or van by activating the alarm siren and flashing the vehicle lights. This feature can be activated regardless to the condition of the alarm or immobilisers, and with or without police authorisation – an added bonus being no need for dangerous police chases.

Your car or commercial vehicle is monitored and tracked 24-hours, 365 days a year, throughout the UK, Europe and beyond. A precise location is also given immediately the alarm is triggered, and information on which alarm circuit has been activated. Monitoring is charged at £95.00 per annum, or discounted to £249.00 for a three year or £395.00 for a five year package.

This in reality becomes a useful ‘help’ function or ‘anti-hijack’ alert where the Monitoring Centre can action local emergency services, advise the nearest police station and/or telephone number. They can also assist in locating authority or embassy details; even contact the owner’s recovery contractor or insurance company.

Customers can LockDown
®, locate and receive alarm alerts by using our android or apple mobile phone app. Also if you’re unsure if you have correctly armed the alarm and immobiliser while out - of course the android mobile phone app can do that too!

There are two ‘intelligent’ self-levelling tilt sensors built into the unit, they will detect any movement along or across the vehicle. These being digital, allows for the vehicle to be to placed/parked on a hill without causing the alarm to be falsely triggered.

A highly encrypted manual override dongle and dongle park are supplied with every system. These are used as fail-safe should all else fail and will disengage the security system – these should not be kept with the vehicle keys!

This useful optional extra is suitable to protect cycles, mobility scooters, ladders or trailers while parked, EVEN without the main alarm system being activated.

These small contacts are ideal for protecting the garage doors and windows, the car alarm system can provide cover for over 50 wireless products. As with all our contacts, detectors and remote controls the batteries are replaceable.

Our wireless detector is perfect for detecting unauthorised movement within the garage or lockup. It also incorporates a lock-out feature, preventing continuous false alarms.

No annoying loud beeps or chirps to be heard when arming and disarming the alarm, the system silently advising its status by flashing the base vehicle indicator lights and internal status LED.

The PIR detector exclusion setting allows someone to stay inside the garage while the vehicle system still remains armed.

All our systems include one siren as standard; this is normally fitted outside the vehicle. Should you wish to get a more aggressive sound from your car alarm, then our waterproof sirens are not known to be quiet! You can add as many additional sirens as you wish, however we would only recommend one extra internal sounder, if any.

Attention to detail is revealed when using the two supplied remote control fobs; these use a random encrypted rolling-code to prevent grabbing devices being effective. Further remote controls can be added to your alarm, either at installation or later.

A built-in safety feature is fitted; preventing accidental arming of the car alarm whilst driving.

Our unique self-diagnostic repair technology regularly checks itself (so you don't have to) for any faults or anomaly. Should it find anything, it will use its built-in software to rectify any situation, reporting this to the monitoring centre. It can even power itself down and perform a total reset back to installation settings.

The fact that some vehicles are left unattended for long periods, means power consumption and battery drain is of the utmost priority. ‘LockDown
®’ is a combination ‘three in one’ car alarm/immobiliser and tracker system, it never sleeps and consumes a miniscule four milliamp to power – way below any competitor’s standard alarm.

The whole system is protected by an internal battery-backup; this is only used when the vehicle battery drops below 5 volts, or is for some reason disconnected.

Software constantly monitors the battery condition, should it be tampered with an alarm will sound and an alert will be sent to the monitoring centre and your mobile phone app. Any unauthorised tampering or removal of the main unit will also immobilise the vehicles engine. However should the unit malfunction a fail-safe feature is designed to keep the vehicle engine running.

Two LockDown
® adhesive window warning stickers are supplied as standard, if more are required they will supplied free of charge upon request.

Should you wish to sell or change your car or commercial vehicle, the whole system is transferable from customer to customer or from one vehicle to another. Monitoring can also be transferred from vehicle to vehicle, system to system or even frozen whilst vehicles are exchanged.

All our LockDown
® products are covered by a two year parts and labour warranty. The main control unit has a lifetime parts warranty included for free, if after this period the system is still being covered by an ‘airtime’ monitoring package. As the world’s largest supplier of Gemini alarm and tracking systems, Outsmart the Thief Ltd carries a large component stock and can dispatch all our parts normally the same day.

Today as with the ‘National Health Service’ prevention is better than cure - only with our ethos’ that’ becomes STOP rather than recovery!

© Outsmart the Thief Ltd 2017

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