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FORD’S Trade Vehicle Locks (TVL) security range has been increased to 125 available accessories car and van customers.

The van range includes a range of security accessories to help protect both theft from and of the vehicle, such as additional locks for front doors, side doors and rear doors, and Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) and catalytic converter locks.

Ford balances fitting vehicles with the equipment required to keep its cars and vans secure, and which match customer priorities and price expectations.

On the Transit – Britain’s favourite van for over 50 years – cabin and load space are now secured separately, meaning that breaking into the front of a Transit van dos not provide access to the load area behind which remains locked and valuable cargo protected.

Ford’s two top-selling cars, Fiesta and Focus are benefitting from new security technology which disables their keyless entry fobs.

Keyless entry fobs have been targeted by thieves with relay box equipment, used to extend the signal from fobs in homes to unlock and start vehicles parked outside.

A new motion sensor inside the Ford fob detects when it has been stationary for longer than 40 seconds and triggers a sleep mode, which will not respond to attempts to hack its signal via a relay box or through the misuse of other specialist equipment.

Moving the keyless fob by picking it up inside the home and taking it to the car will restore full functionality by the time Fiesta and Focus drivers approach their cars.

Ford fobs are designed to operate only within a two-metre radius of the cars they are bonded to.

Simon Hurr, Ford security specialist, said: “The online availability of devices which have no place in public hands has long been a problem for Ford, our industry and crime fighters. We are pleased to respond with a simple but effective solution – swiftly implemented to help protect owners of our top-selling cars.”










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Chris Wright
Chris Wright has been covering the automotive industry nationally and internationally for 30 years. Following spells with consumer titles he became News Editor of Automotive Management (AM), Editor of Automotive International, International Editor for Detroit-based Automotive News, and Editor of Dealer Update. He has also co-authored several FT Management Reports and contributes regularly to


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