How to Keep Your Car Safe from Thefts

Auto theft is a crime and a big business rolled into one. If you were able to watch those movies namely “Gone in 60 seconds” and “Downtown”, you will realize how big the auto theft industry is.

There are several articles that were published already talking on how you will be able to get rid of those carjackers and part of those tips suggest the use of anti-theft devices to safety and at the same time stop the amateur thief and slow down the professional.

Well then the following theft prevention equipment aside from helping out to discourage criminals is also very effective in providing protection for your vehicle from vandalism. Some are quiet costly but compared to losing your car purchasing such security devices may prove to be cheaper at the end.

(Source: watchyourcar.org )

1. VIN Etch

Etching the vehicle identification number onto the window as well as other parts of a car effectively discourages and makes your vehicle less attractive to thieves from taking your vehicle at the same time it also aids in recovering a vehicle in the event that it’s stolen.

2. Kill Switch

Kill switches can be set up to prevent the flow of electricity or fuel to the engine until the switch is activated. Keypads, pressure pads and more expensive “Immobilizers” and “Passkeys” can also be used. Check your warranty before installing a kill switch.

3. Visible Steering Wheel Lock

A long metal bar with a lock that fits on the steering wheel and is designed to prevent the steering wheel from being turned. And also acts as a visual deterrent for thieves looking in car windows. Some steering wheel locks also come equipped with steel shields that protect air bags from thieves – a common problem.

4. Tire/Wheel Locks

These are similar to the circular steel “boots” used by many police departments, and make the car nearly impossible to move. Strong visual deterrent, and greatly hamper thieves looking to make a quick getaway.

5. Steering Column Armored Collars

A metal shield that prevents thieves from breaking into the steering column to hot-wire the vehicle

6. Alarms

Make loud warning sounds when a car’s doors, hood, or trunk are opened. The typical car alarm is equipped with motion sensors, impact sensors and a loud siren or series of tones in the 120-decibel range. Panic buttons, back-up batteries, flashing parking lights or headlights, and automatic engine-disable features are also popular options.

7. Electronic Keys

Pre-installed electronic anti-theft systems that allow the vehicle to operate only with a correctly coded key, the systems are virtually invisible to thieves, easy to use, reliable, and come standard in some models.

8. Electronic Tracking Devices

An electronic transmitter hidden in the vehicle which emits a signal that is picked up by the police or a monitoring station

9. Floorboard/Crook Locks

Locking metal device that disables the gas or brake pedal

10. Gearshift Locks

Disables shifting of the transmission

11. Theft-Deterrent Decals

Way to fool a car thief, the typical decal identifies the vehicle as being protected by either an alarm system or national theft prevention company.

12. Hood Locks

Prevents the thief from gaining access to the engine compartment
Aside from those aforementioned devices you can add up some other security devices if you want provided of course that you know how to use them and your car warranty allows the installation of such devices to avoid future warranty problems.

It would also be best if you can get theft insurance just in case they bypass all of your car’s security devices.

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