In our previous blog we discussed some simple steps you could take to prevent a carjacking. Briefly at the end we touched on anti-theft devices. Considering modern technological advances, these may be your most powerful tool in terms of combating car theft. Today we will look at options you may have when installing an anti-theft device.
Kills Switches and Electronic Immobilizers
Electronic immobilizers are almost a standard anti-theft devices for most modern vehicles. They come with a key fob that communicates with the car via a transponder and microchip. The fuel-pump and ignitions systems must receive a signal from the key fob before they will activate. Simply having a car with an electronic immobilizer may be enough to deter some car thieves. Kill switches are used to deactivate an engine’s electrical system. Some cars already have these built in, others can have them added after market. This may affect your car’s warranty condition however, so always check first.
Vehicle Tracking Systems
Vehicle tracking systems may allow you to get your car back even it if has been stolen. A chip is installed inside the vehicle which can be tracked via GPS. There is nowhere in the world a thief can hide your car where you will not be able to find it. Popular vehicle tracking systems are produced by LoJack and OnStar. LoJack coordinates directly with law enforcement officials to facilitate the recovery of the vehicle.
Of course, for the technologically adverse, or for the cost conscious car owner, there are analog anti-theft devices which are available. A steering-wheel lock is a timeless and effective way to prevent car theft. Mid-range steering-wheel locks will cost just about $25. In terms of value, it is hard to go wrong with that. Gear-shift locks and tire locks are also available.