Off-Road Enthusiasts Recommend the Ravelco
Because of my club’s proximity to Mexico, the theft of vehicles here is rampant and some of their favorite targets are well-equipped Jeeps. A couple years ago, several of us had Ravelco ATDs installed in our Jeeps. So far, of the group who had the Ravelco installed, there have been 2 failed attempts to steal the Jeeps. During that time, at least 3 other members, who did not have the Ravelco installed, had their Jeeps stolen. We list the Ravelco as a “Recommended Product” on our website and encourage members to have the device installed.
Forensics Expert Recognizes Ravelco’s Reliable Protection
The only product I recommend to insurance companies and consumers to prevent theft is the Ravelco Anti-Theft Device, even on vehicles with transponders. Proper installation is critical, and when California Ravelco does it, you can rest assured your car will not be driven away under its own power.
THIRD attempt thwarted for Marcos. Do you think Marcos believes in Ravelco?!
Well it’s me again. You guys are probably tired of hearing from me by now. I recently traded in my 2001 Denali for a 2008 Denali. I figured it was time for a new one. Ravelco stopped two attempts to steal my 2001 SUV. Well guess what? They tried stealing my 2008 Denali. And Ravelco stopped them AGAIN. I want to say thanks for a great product.
Ravelco stops a SECOND Attempt on Marcos’ Denali!
Hello its me again. I wrote you back in March in the e-mail below. Well guess what? Once again Ravelco saved my truck from being stolen. I arrived at the hospital to meet my wife and noticed that the Denali’s lights were on. I immediatly suspected something was wrong and I was right. The door lock was popped in and steering column was all busted. They also messed with the relays under the hood to try and start it. I actually did not have to tow it this time. I plugged in my Ravelco plug, inserted my car key and turned the ignition to on, and then replaced a relay they left in the fuse box and started my truck. I was amazed that the Ravelco device is what kept them from starting the truck. I then drove it to the GMC dealer and is currently being fixed again for the 3rd time in 1 1/2 years. Your product is money well spent and actually have convinced other friends to look at purchasing Ravelco. Thanks again!
From the Rubicon Owners Forum:
For what its worth, I am a huge fan of Ravelco. Much of my business is done in Honduras and Nicaragua and we keep a halfdozen or so 4wd vehicles on hand to be used to get us out to the tobacco fields. All of them have Ravelcos installed and we have neverhad one stolen and it certainly isn’t from the lack of trying.
One night the guard came in and said, ‘again, someone is trying to steal the F250’ I told him, lets just watch him. And we did, for nearly 20 minutes he tried to hot wire the truck and finally he just gave up and walked away. We then had him picked up the next day as we knew exactly who it was.
In total we have experienced over 30 break ins over the last decade and have never lost a vehicle.
For $300 – $400 it is simply the best anti-theft device on the market. It is so simple, always works, and never will fritz out on you like an alarm. Many Ravelco installers do it right at your house in your driveway – it takes about 3 hours. [actually less than 2 hours! -RB]
An Avalanche in Orange County
I have been working at a local multi billion dollar mall for around 6 years now. Since it is so high traffic, the security makes us park in a structure not near my place of business. About nine months ago, my 2002 Avalanche was stolen and the $10,000 wheels were stolen also. My car was soon after recovered with stock rims.
After the incident, I looked into many forms of theft deterrent. I went with Ravelco, because it just made more sense to stop the thieves from stealing the car rather than worrying that it could be stripped by the time lojack or OnStar would find it.
About a week ago the low lives tried to steal it again. This time no luck! The only solace I have, since they weren’t caught is the fact that they must’ve been pretty upset not being able to figure out why they couldn’t get it started this time…HA! But I know why… and I will recommend Ravelco to anyone that cares about the safety of their property. Not to mention the phenomenal service I have received for such an affordable solution.
Thanks a lot!
Bad Advice — the truck is gone
My dad told me to get a Ravelco for my new 2002 Chevy Avalanche, but my friends said the Ravelco had outdated technology. Being hardheaded and a freshman at college I listened to my friends advice over my dad’s and went with the factory alarm system. Also, I had a high tech tracking device installed in my new truck for an additional $600.00. On a recent family dove hunt in South Texas (only 1 mile from the Mexican Border), I drove my new truck from College Station, to meet my dad who was already there with my brother. We stayed at a Holiday Inn just outside McAllen, Texas. The next morning I could not believe my truck was gone! I parked in a well lit area right next to my dad’s Suburban. The thieves also tried to take my dad’s truck because his window was broken and the steering column was destroyed but his Suburban was still there. Also, two other vehicles were also stolen from that parking lot that night. Once again my dad was right! I should have gone with the Ravelco Anti Theft Device. The tracking company said that their system does not go into Mexico so I guess I am (SOL). My insurance company said that they usually wait 30 days to pay a claim but will replace my truck in less time because they said my truck will not be found! As soon as I get my new truck, I want to be first in line for a Ravelco System. My dad swears by the Ravelco. He is probably one of your best salesman. As for my friends . . . I ask, how can something be outdated if it has never been defeated? One of the friends that gave me that bogus advice had a Ravelco installed on his truck the very next day at a Chevrolet dealer in San Antonio. I felt like choking him!
We didn’t need the Ravelco Anti Theft Device installed on our 2002 Suburban. “Our salesman told us that, because our Suburban came from the factory with the OnStar System. Two weeks ago our 21 day old Suburban was stolen! We contacted the OnStar people and they said they could not locate our vehicle. Last Saturday, near the Canadian border, our vehicle was found by accident when the police busted a chop shop. I asked the NYPD auto theft division why the OnStar people couldn’t locate my vehicle? They said the thieves break off the antenna used for the OnStar which is mounted on the roof over the drivers side and the vehicle cannot be tracked. What an expensive piece of junk! Please send me your Ravelco system so we can have it installed on our Suburban when we get it back from the body shop. We had our last Ravelco installed in Dallas when we lived there and it foiled the car thieves 2 times that we know of. We will never be without a Ravelco again!
“I just wanted to drop you an e-mail regarding your system. I got it installed in my Denali about a year ago due to the fact that my Denali was broken into and was not stolen due to people spotting the culprits. I had it installed while it was at the dealer getting fixed. They just attempted to steal it again this past Friday and they failed. My wife works 12 hours shifts at her hospital and has to park way in the back. They popped the lock and broke the steering column. From the looks of it, they came back several times to try and start it using different methods with no success. They were after my 24″ wheels both times. Luckily it is only costing me 100 bucks for my deductible and not 4,500 bucks for the wheels. Thanks again for a great product. I am also going to purchase another set for my 2006 Pontiac GTO. It made believers of my friends. A few of them lost out on around 8500 bucks due their trucks being stolen for the 26″ rims. Thanks again.”
– Marcos Meraz, March 2007
Los Angeles, CA
Requested by Law Enforcement
I have literally sold thousands and thousands of Ravelcos in the last me which I recommend – the alarm or the RAVELCO? My answer has always truthfully been the RAVELCO. It is also an anti theft device that everyone can afford! I personally know how great the product is, but when our law enforcement customers request the Ravelco . . . I know that we made the right decision when we started selling them. I have seen a lot of different anti theft devices over the years, everything else has come and gone – but the RAVELCO is still here. That to me is a statement of dependability. I cease to offer any option that I lose confidence in. That has never been the case with the RAVELCO Anti Theft Device. It just keeps proving itself. We have customers who won’t use anything else. Thank you for giving us a product we can confidently offer as a dependable anti theft device to our customers.
Brand New Truck — No worries
On Saturday September 6, 2003, We purchased a new 2004 F-150 Ford Pick Up. As soon as we left the dealer we went to another Ford dealer to have your Ravelco installed on our truck. (The dealer where we purchased our truck said they did not carry the Ravelco.) That same night at bingo some thugs tried unsuccessfully to steal our new truck. They broke the steering column and were able to turn on the ignition but they couldn’t start the truck. I am so glad that I listened to our State Farm Insurance man and had the Ravelco system installed. Thank you for such a wonderful system.
Vacation to Mexico
Traveling from Oklahoma into Mexico for the Holidays, we stopped at one of your distributors (Safe & Sound) in Brownsville, Texas and had a Ravelco installed. Even though our salesman said that our vehicle was perfectly safe from auto theft with the factory security system we still decided to install the Ravelco anyway. We are so lucky because the first night we stayed in Villahermosa, our 2003 Chevrolet Silverado was broken into and the thieves tried to steal our vehicle. They broke the ignition and ran wires back and forth to the engine. The Police in Mexico said that if it were not for the Ravelco, our truck would have been gone. Thank you for the Ravelco!
Approximately 4 months ago, we contacted your company and purchased only arrived the owner looked at them and said for us to install and test them on the older trucks only, because to be honest with you they didn’t look like much in the box. Boy, were we surprised!, after following your installation instructions our own shop mechanic couldn’t start the KENWORTH truck. When our owner saw this, we immediately ordered 54 more Ravelcos. I know this letter is short and sweet but I just wanted to say thanks for keeping our trucks safe and to give us the comfort of knowing our trucks will be there exactly where we parked them.”
– Tommy C.
Kansas City, Missouri
In October of 2001, we had two of our FREIGHTLINER rigs stolen, the thieves drove them right through our wrought iron fence! That wasn’t bad enough but one of our lowboy trailers was ferrying a $545,000 BACK HOE, and the other had a $165,000 DOZER on it. The trucks were found a month later in Mexico, sadly the backhoe and dozer are still missing. After we installed your Ravelco Anti Theft Device in all 23 of our trucks . . . not one piece of equipment has been stolen! The police said there is an active theft ring in Mexico doing this to heavy equipment in Arizona and New Mexico. Unfortunately, we still have had two theft attempts but they could not steal our trucks. This letter is to just say thanks. We have had anti theft devices installed on our trucks before that just interrupted the key or the starter but they were easily bypassed. Even our own employees could do it. But, since your Ravelco system disables the engine’s computer system it has proven itself effective to us.
I am a true believer of your Ravelco product. According to the police it saved my 2002 Honda Accord last night. However the thieves did manage to break the side window and steering column. We told the Honda dealership that we did not want any stickers on our new vehicle, but we did not mean the Ravelco stickers. I know we are locking the barn after the cow has gone, but could you please send me two of the Ravelco window stickers so the thieves will see that we have a Ravelco system and won’t waste their time!
I want to thank you for saving my car and most of all . . . my life! Six days ago, I went to a local mall to get a birthday gift for my nephew who was having a party at a pizza place nearby. When I came out of the mall I felt someone following me and that made me nervous. I did not want to turn around and confront them because I was hoping that it was just someone going to the parking lot to get in their car like I was. I don’t know why I did what I did but I had a bad feeling and I reached into my purse and pushed the button on the key chain that separates the Ravelco plug from my keys. As I was getting in my car a great big man who had what looked like a pipe in his hand pushed me across the front seat, got behind the wheel and told me to give him my keys. I handed him my keys without the Ravelco plug attached and he immediately tried to start the car. Of course without the Ravelco plug it would not start but he kept trying. He yelled “WHAT’S WRONG?” I told him this has been happening lately. He immediately got out of my car and ran. He must have been a real idiot to think I had a dead battery because my car is a brand new white 2001 Lincoln Town Car and it still had the temporary paper tags on it. The policeman who was called to the scene said “if it wasn’t for my Ravelco system I might have ended up in a ditch somewhere!” I am pretty proud of myself and wanted to share my story with you.
I just want you people at Ravelco to know that we are very loyal customers. We trade vehicles every two years and we have had your product in all of our last eight vehicles. As best as I can remember your Ravelco system had saved at least two of our vehicles. Our most recent purchase was a Houston, Texas whom I’ll not name. Before we made the deal, we asked if they could install the Ravelco System on our new truck. Being a typical salesman and wanting to close the deal, they said of course! When we arrived to pick up our new truck, my husband noticed that they did not install the Ravelco like we asked. When we asked our salesman why, he now started back tracking and told us that all the new trucks now come standard with a factory anti theft device built right in and we did not need a Ravelco. They were right, it does come with one, but they were so very wrong because it did not stop the theft of our truck. On September 14, 2001, it was stolen right from our home and it was driven right across our front lawn in order to get around the other cars in our driveway. The Texas Highway Patrol recovered our truck three days later in the woods. It was then towed to the same Chevrolet Dealer where we purchased the truck. The next morning when we went to meet the insurance man at the body shop I asked the body shop manager how could it have been stolen because it had the factory anti theft device system on it. He laughed and said that he had five stolen recoveries in his shop right now that also had the factory systems on them. He told me that they steal them all the time with those factory alarm and anti theft systems and that they are installed from the factory just to keep the amateurs away. He said if we wanted to keep it from ever getting stolen again we should install what he has on his own personal truck . . . a Ravelco! I said No Kidding! What a bunch of creeps! That is what we wanted in the first place. They totaled our truck and we bought a new one elsewhere. The first thing we did before it left the dealer was to have a Ravelco installed on it. Now we feel safe.
Last week at the car dealership I picked up and read your brochure on the Ravelco. It sounded good so when I asked the salesman if we could get one installed . . . he said, “What for? All the new vehicles now come with a little chip in the key to prevent auto theft.” Here I was, wanting to buy something and the salesman talked me out of it. I had a gut feeling that I should not have listened to him and I WAS CORRECT IN MY THINKING! Because, less than 2 hours after we took delivery of our new 2001 Ford Excursion it was stolen from a Chili’s Restaurant Parking Lot! The following day when I called our salesman and told him what had happened to our brand new $40,000.00 vehicle . . . all he could come up with was “maybe you should have installed the Ravelco!” Our truck is probably in South America by now. We called your office on Monday, October 7th to schedule a Ravelco installation in our new Excursion when we get it. (next week) We are purchasing this Excursion at a different dealer and they do not carry your Ravelco Anti Theft Device. The reason for my e-mail, is it possible for your company to install the Ravelco in our truck before we take delivery. (for security reasons) The car dealer said it would be OK with them. Maybe you could show them your product. I don’t know if it would do your company any good because they are a relatively small Ford dealer in the country. But Maybe!
We need better protection
It is really sad when you can’t rely on the anti-theft devices that automobile manufacturers are installing on new vehicles. They give people a false sense of security. Because of our past success with Ravelco we will never be without one in any of our vehicles. THANK YOU !!!
I just wanted to let you know that my mothers truck had an attempt of theft to it a few months back. They could not get the truck started. They tried everything according to the officers, but were unsuccessful. Thank you for making such a great product. We will definitely recommend your anti theft device.
When I told my salesman that I wanted a Ravelco Theft System Device installed on my new 2004 Ford F-150 Lariat, he made me laugh when he looked me straight in the eye and told me that they no longer steal cars & trucks anymore. I said to him, You better go tell that nonsense to your body shop manager because he has three 2004 stolen recoveries (all Ford Pick Ups) back in the body shop right at this very moment. He shut up real quick and called Ravelco for us.
I was told by my salesman where I bought my 2001 Ford Expedition, that since it came from the factory with the SecuriLock Anti Theft System, I did not need any additional security on my vehicle. On a recent trip to Mexico, we spent our first night at a motel in McAllen, Texas. I parked my Expedition directly outside the door to our room. In the middle of the night I heard the Expedition start. I ran out and the thief was backing out. I must have frightened him because when he got across the street he abandoned the vehicle and ran. The police officer who came to take a report informed me of your product. The very next morning at a local Lincoln Mercury Dealer, I had the steering column repaired and your Ravelco Anti Theft Device installed. Two days later in Acapulco, Mexico it happened again. This time your Ravelco stopped them from stealing my vehicle! I am glad I took the police officers advice and had the Ravelco installed! Thank you so much for saving my vehicle.
On May 10, 2001, we purchased (because of our age) probably our last vehicle, a 2001 Mercury Grand Marquis. It was a demo and it already had your Ravelco Anti Theft System on it. The salesman told us that the Ravelco was just a kill switch that the car dealer installed on all its demos and because of all the traveling we do, we needed a full-blown alarm system. Not knowing too much about security I took his advice and let him sell me a $900.00 alarm system with back up battery, anti scan, and a cell phone dialer that would actually page me if someone was trying to steal our car. The very next Saturday, on May 12, we went shopping at Emerald Mall. When we came back out to the parking area . . . much to our surprise, our car door and trunk were wide open. The steering column was destroyed and get this the alarm was not only disarmed but stolen! We wondered why our car was still there. When the tow truck driver arrived, he asked us for the plug for the Ravelco. He plugged it in, used some pliers to pull on a rod in the steering column and our car started! The police officer told us if it hadn’t been for the Ravelco, our car would be gone. Thank you so much for saving our car. Why don’t you advertise more? We’ve never heard of your device in Massachusetts.
Just an unsolicited note to tell you that this 8th Ravelco Anti Theft Device is performing wonderfully in my latest vehicle (a 1999 1 Ton 24 Valve Cummins Turbo Diesel). I could not rest until I had a Ravelco installed. As a retired police chief, I can attest to the many reports that came to my attention over the years of stolen vehicles and of those attempts that failed. All of the latter categories were protected by Ravelco. Sure a window had to be replaced and perhaps a new steering column cover and ignition installed . . . BUT THE VEHICLE STAYED PUT JUST WHERE THE OWNERS PARKED THEM! You have a remarkable product, state of the art knowledge and a bona fide “honest” approach to your customers and their security needs. You are free to use any portion of my endorsement for Ravelco.
I bought a used car from the Saturn dealership I work at. It already had one of your anti theft systems installed. A friend told me to install a alarm but I have never been a fan of all the noise. I stuck with your system. Last night, March 9, 2000, I was in a bar for 1 hour when I came out I found my hood open and my steering column shroud torn off. They disconnected the ignition switch and tried to jump it. I am happy to say they were unsuccessful. Since my car is a convertible I always leave it unlocked to prevent some cutting the top. I live in New Orleans were car theft is a problem. Thank you for helping me keep my car.
(2000 Chevrolet Suburban). . . The Ravelco was already installed in the vehicle that we had just purchased, I guess the dealer installs them on every demo. To be honest I thought it was more a nuisance than necessity, but I do apologize to you, it is truly worth its tiny weight in gold and more. . . In broad daylight. . . a man was seen breaking my window out, got inside, and proceeded to break the steering column. He did manage to get the ignition switch turned over but could not start or hot wire my Suburban, and if it had not been for the RAVELCO. . . we would not have a Suburban. . . he did not drive my vehicle not even one inch and I am a believer that this product is worth its weight in gold now and forever.
– Paul Harisim
THE HOUSTON POST
100% from experience
I have owned one of your devices on a previous vehicle, and as an insurance adjuster I feel your product is the only device which will securely protect my vehicle from theft. My experience is that any other product on the market has a weakness which will not protect my vehicle 100%.
Also, you should know that twice car thieves tried to steal the truck when my parents owned it. Both times they damaged the ignition system and steering column – but didn’t get it! I have confidence that it works.
I appreciate the efforts you and your company have made to control the auto theft problem in our city. The letters from your customers indicate that they are completely satisfied.
The only real protection that appears to be working is by stopping the vehicle theft itself with some sort of ignition, fuel and starter cut off device. The better of these devices, have all its connections made in the engine compartment and have its wires camouflaged. A thief will not take the time to open up the hood of a vehicle and start searching for circuits. These anti theft devices are unlike alarm systems which are connected only under the dash, and are very easy for thieves to disarm.
Enclosed please find one Ravelco security plug. Someone broke into my new car this past weekend and tried to use this plug which they must have stolen from someone else. They hot-wired my car but thanks to my RAVELCO security system they did not get my car. I hope you can return this RAVELCO plug to whomever it belongs. My car damage was only $250 to repair the steering column and the wiring, which was a lot better than losing a $27,000 car. Thanks for your help and I will recommend your system to my friends
(1990 Chevrolet Suburban). . . Ten years and 241,000 miles and no further theft or vandalism with the RAVELCO system! I truly think that when a would be thief sees the Ravelco warning sticker on the windows, he will just go on to the next vehicle. We had more than six attempts to steal our Suburban but since we had the Ravelco installed, we have not even had one attempt. Thank you for your anti theft device.
On Friday, Dec 19, 2003 I left my apartment on my way to work. It was only after I stepped out of the apartment that I noticed that my 2003 Dodge Van was missing. I immediately called the police and waited for them to show up. While I was waiting I called my insurance company and the LoJack company. When the officer showed up and heard the details his first comment was, “Oh yeah, Dodge Caravans are easy to steal.” After getting the information from his report, I had to call both the insurance and the LoJack company back. Since it was stolen, my insurance did not cover a rental car for the first 48 hours. On Monday I called my insurance Company and found out that it had been recovered on Saturday. After the deductible and other associated costs I was out about $1,000. I did not get my car back until about the second week in January 04. The thieves had stolen relays from the engine compartment so that other thieves could not steal the van from them. I immediately researched alarms and security devices so that this would not happen again. I settled on RAVELCO because it seemed to be the most positive way that I could prevent it from happening again. I had it installed on January 24th, 2004 in the beginning of a snow storm. I think that this speaks well of the professionalism and dedication of the RAVELCO staff. On Feb 7th, at 1:55 AM, I woke for some reason and happened to look out the window at my van. The thought of it being stolen still fresh in my mind. There was a car idling in the street immediately beside my van. I could not imagine a reason why there would be a car there. I put on some clothes and a jacket and went out to see what was going on. The curb is about 20 – 30 feet from the front of my apartment. Halfway there, I heard a sound like the sliding door of the van opening up. It dawned on me that these were thieves trying yet again to steal my van. I shouted at them and two individuals jumped out of my van and into the idling car, which immediately took off. Upon examination, I found that the drivers door had been forced and the ignition had begun to be forced. Some plastic had been cut away and some metal parts forced. They had not had time to remove the ignition lock. Partly due to my sudden appearance and partly due to their inability to get any response out of my vehicle, I still have a vehicle that I can drive. I may have to pay another $500 deductible to repair the damage, but they do not have my van.
During the ten years that our company has been using the RAVELCO security system for our vehicles, I am delighted to be able to report that never have we had a vehicle stolen. We’ve had several attempts in the City of Houston. I can honestly say that you have saved us thousands in potential losses of vehicles and product plus time and aggravation. Your security device has been so reliable and successful in our vending trucks that we have installed them on our entire fleet.
Our new motor home (Winnebago 34) will be secure against theft, thanks to your RAVELCO anti theft device, it cannot be tampered with, thank you for a superior product, at a reasonable price.
– John M.
Long Branch, California
My suburban has had two attempted thefts on it and your system has kept it from being stolen. Once again thank you for a fine system
According to the police officer it was this Ravelco system that prevented the jerks from stealing the car. They did manage to tear up the steering column but it was repairable.
Thanks to the Ravelco Anti Theft Device I still have my car. Recently someone broke into it by breaking out and removing the door lock on the passenger side but was unable to hot wire it.
. . . even after raising the hood and cutting the RAVELCO’s wires, he couldn’t start my engine . . . this is the second time the RAVELCO has saved my truck . . . (the first time) A year ago when I came outside to leave, my passenger side window was broken, and my steering column was damaged, but the truck was still there because the thief could not start it without the RAVELCO plug!
I am writing to let you know how GREAT we think your anti theft device is! . . . at a motel in San Antonio, and it happened! We were broken into. The thieves’ plan was to steal the car, U-Haul and all. They tore into the steering column to start the car without the key . . . But . . . your device saved the day . . . Thank you so much for such a wonderful device.