Thatcham Research has been at the forefront of vehicle security since the 1990s when it introduced a security assessment (NVSA) for new vehicles that is applied to the group rating for insurance companies. Since then, Thatcham have been working with law enforcement agencies, the automotive industry and insurers to assess potential physical and electronic vulnerabilities and identifying the technology and ways to mitigate theft.
Thatcham Security Certification. The Thatcham categories for Alarm and Immobilisers were launched in the 1990s and have become an industry benchmark. The certification provides reassurance around the functionality, design and performance of alarms, immobilisers and tracking systems. From 1 January 2019, all security assessments have been conducted under a new Thatcham Security Certification banner.
Thatcham Security Certification is a robust verification programme for the assessment and recognition of automotive security products. The certification concentrates on verifying functionality design and performance of a product. Each product is rigorously tested to predefined criteria established by Thatcham Research and, where appropriate, its’ partnering organisations. This testing is intended to provide confidence in the products functionality, performance and an objective evaluation of its capabilities. All of this is monitored and periodically reviewed throughout the duration of the product certification to ensure that the levels of functionality and performance are retained. All certified products are listed within Thatcham’s security certifications database and can be found using the search functions available on the Thatcham website.