In addition to a front-facing dash camera, some car owners prefer to install a rear-facing camera. In the case of an EcoSport, this camera may be mounted on the rear door. The power supply cable of the camera may be neatly hidden behind the rear door panel, and passed through the door’s rubber connector.
In a previous video, I have demonstrated how easy it is to remove the front grill of an EcoSport. In an attempt to deter theft, I have used cable ties to secure the grill in place. Any attempt to forcefully remove the grill will result to damage, rendering the grill useless.
This method is fairly secure since in order to remove all the ties, one must be able to have access to the hood, and in the case of my EcoSport, the headlights must be removed first since I placed the cable ties under the headlights (not shown here for obvious reasons).
After 2 years of waiting, the license plates (or more accurately, the registration plates) of our EcoSport have finally arrived (you can check availability of plates in the LTO website).
In this video, I have discussed how I installed the front and rear license plates using a theft-deterrent type of screw called security screws. Security screws are no longer supplied with the plates, thus, must be purchased separately (you can buy 4 stainless-steel security screws complete with nut and washer for 100 pesos or 2 US dollars). Installing the plates with security screws requires some effort since you need to drill through the plastic material then place and tighten a nut on the other side.
I am currently testing a Transcend DP110 Dash Camera, purchased locally for about 5500 pesos. Among all models produced by Transcend, DP110 is the cheapest one with a screen (display). I prefer stand-alone dashcams with dedicated displays over ones with no screens at all, or even those that connect with smartphones and use the phone’s screen for displaying video feed.
DP110 is good enough for the task of recording and has the following basic functions of a dash camera:
Time-stamped video is clear, both daytime and night time recording (it has enhanced low-light recording, but no infrared night-vision mode found in hi-end models).
It has an “emergency save button”. You’ll find this very useful in case of an emergency.
Saves automatically when bumped (sensitivity can be adjusted).
Loops 3 or 5-minute videos (with audio). The oldest video gets overwritten with the newest video (except if the video is tagged as important—if it is saved manually by the user by pressing the emergency save button, or saved automatically when the camera detects vibrations).
Has a built-in battery, allowing the dash camera to save the current video if power suddenly gets disconnected (some prefer capacitors over batteries though).
Has a dedicated display (for me, this is a must)!
The camera comes with a power adapter, a mount, and a user’s manual. Installation takes only about 5 minutes! I would recommend Transcend DP110 to anyone looking for a low-cost yet fully-functional dash camera.
Battery replacement is part of the regular car maintenance procedure. If battery failure happens on the road, there may be instances that you have to remove the battery. This poses a problem because most of us are accustomed to locking the doors with the remote. With the battery removed, you won’t be able to use the remote to lock the car.
In this video, I have discussed how to manually lock the car’s doors by turning a black knob on the side of the door, similar to a child lock knob. This is especially useful when you need to leave the car with a drained or removed battery.
Most vehicles nowadays are equipped with an immobilizer, a feature that prevents a vehicle’s engine from starting without a valid security code. To disarm the immobilizer, a specialized chip called a transponder embedded in the vehicle’s key provides the valid code. If no transponder with a valid code is detected, a vehicle such as an EcoSport, will remain immobilized— that is, the engine will not start.
As the name suggests, a transponder chip automatically transmits and responds to the vehicle’s request for a valid security code. The transponder is powered wirelessly through the induction coils near the ignition slot, and must be placed in close proximity to the ignition slot for the chip to power up and be detected (as in the case of Titanium smart keyless systems when the batteries in the remote are too weak).
In this post, I will feature a device that will prevent or deter side mirror theft: an anti-theft side mirror cover. This is a follow up on the previous post, Removing EcoSport’s Side Mirror.
With this metal cover installed, it is no longer possible to remove the mirror (to remove the mirror, you have to remove the cover first). Since the cover is secured with mounting screws hidden at the back of the mirror, it would be extremely inconvenient for someone to steal the side mirror. Attempting to remove the mirror will result in breakage or damage.
This is a two-part post. In the first part, I will highlight how easy it is to remove (or steal!) the side mirror of an EcoSport. If you know how, it can be done in as fast as 3 to 5 seconds!
How can we protect our investment? Is there a way to prevent, or perhaps deter theft?
In the second part of the post, I will show you how to install an anti-theft side mirror cover. Anyway, I still think that the best way to protect yourself from side mirror theft is to park your vehicle in a safe and secure parking space.
EcoSport has a number of security features including a passive alarm system. A passive alarm system activates automatically, in contrast to an active alarm system that must be activated by the user. In the case of an EcoSport, its alarm activates as soon as the vehicle is locked—which can be done by either of the following actions: (1) the key is inserted on the key slot on the driver’s door and then turned counterclockwise, or by (2) pressing the lock key on the remote. The amber light on the center console should light up for 30 seconds, to indicate successful locking of the vehicle (and thus, automatic activation of the alarm).
To test the alarm, you must simulate a situation as if you were leaving the vehicle on a parking lot. First, close all entry points such as the hood and all the doors and windows. Sit inside the vehicle and lock it up by pressing the lock button on the remote (or if you do not have a remote, give the your key to someone and then lock the vehicle from outside).
Wait for 30 seconds for the alarm to fully-activate. When ready, open a door. The alarm should sound off. To deactivate the alarm, simply press the unlock key, or alternatively, start the vehicle.
The alarm does not have the capability to detect people touching the car’s body, or attempts to open the doors (by pulling the handles). Alarm systems from third-party providers may be installed for added security (consult your dealer about it).