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You want to know that the security system you get fitted is going to be reliable, safe and effective
You want to know that the security system you get fitted is going to be reliable, safe and effective so it's important to choose a quality installer.
Insurers may also require proof that an approved security system has been installed correctly as a condition of cover or premium discount.
Thatcham, the body responsible for testing and approving vehicle security systems on behalf of the insurance industry set up the 'Thatcham Recognised Installer' scheme following the failure of the VSIB (Vehicle Systems Installation Board) which went into administration in 2009.
Thatcham Recognised Installer schemee
Thatcham launched their new Thatcham Recognised Installer (TRI) scheme in July 2010 in front of an audience of insurers, installers, press and interested vehicle security personnel, at a specially arranged briefing in London's Lloyds Building.
Thatcham provides a simple assessment and monitoring scheme for vehicle system installers.
Thatcham Recognised Installers need to comply with a range of conditions including proof or relevant product training and PNC (Police National Computer) checks.
The Mobile Electronics and Security Federation (MESF) has for ten years been providing approvals, qualifications and accreditation services for businesses and individuals involved in the installation of security, entertainment and other electronic products.
Installation businesses that are independent of motor manufacturers can become MESF Approved Installation Specialists by proving compliance with a strict installation Code of Practice that has been written - and is regularly reviewed - by installation industry professionals.
Individual installation technicians can be accredited by the MESF from 'Certificate 1 Basic Installation' level up to 'Master' level.
An approved business or accredited technician found not to be complying with the installation Code of Practice faces suspension or permanent removal from the MESF Register.
The MESF is an Approved Assessment Centre of the Institute of the Motor Industry and follows the motor industry's National Occupational Standards in its Code of Practice and qualifications.
Find an MESF Approved Installation Specialist in your area by visiting the MESF website.
(updated 8 May 2012)