Ask Patty is always trying to get you the most up-to-date information
on safety and any automotive news possible. We found this great article
from LoJack that talks about the best ways to prevent your car from
getting stolen or vandalized.
There are three important steps to keep your vehicle safe from theft. Once you know them, you have a chance to help teach your parents what they should do to keep your family’s car safe from thieves. The three steps are:
1. Use COMMON SENSE as a first line of defense
2. Attempt to discourage thieves with THEFT PROTECTION DEVICES
3. Have a VEHICLE RECOVERY SYSTEM that guarantees the safe return of your car in the event that it is stolen
While some of the common sense measures below may seem
obvious, believe it or not, many people neglect to do these things…which leave their cars very vulnerable to thieves. So, here’s a list of important reminders:
• Never leave a key in or on the vehicle
• Close all windows and lock all doors
• Park in a well-lit area
• When at home, keep your vehicle in your garage if possible
• Don’t leave valuables in your vehicle, especially where they can be seen
• Don’t leave your car running unattended to heat or cool it
COMMON SENSE IS ONLY THE FIRST STEP.
Common sense may protect against amateur thieves, but it won’t stop the professionals.
Theft prevention products
Audible and visible warning devices
The second step is to use devices designed to deter thieves from trying to steal your vehicle. Devices that alert thieves include:
• Window etching
• Steering wheel locks
• Brake locks or wheel locks
Immobilizing devices are also a great tool. Hotwiring is a technique used to bypass a vehicle’s ignition. You can try to keep thieves from being successful with products that prevent a thief from starting or moving a vehicle, such as:
• Smart keys
• Fuel cut-off devices
• Kill switches
• Starter, ignition and fuel disablers
THIS IS ONLY THE SECOND STEP.
Theft prevention products may deter some thieves, but unfortunately the
professionals know how to outsmart them all.
Vehicle recovery systems
The third step involves the use of recovery systems. If your family’s vehicle is stolen, these systems help authorities track it down and return it – usually intact. The most effective systems have powerful tracking and recovery capabilities. For example, LoJack Systems offer a number of advantages: they employ proven, time-tested radio frequency technology; are hidden which makes them almost impossible to locate and disconnect; and are directly integrated into law enforcement
agencies in 26 states. They also offer superior performance in last mile tracking, which is where the rubber meets the road in terms of recovery. These features add up to a LoJack success rate of better than 90 percent in recovering stolen vehicles.
Although recovery systems are not designed to stop thieves, the most effective ones provide you with powerful protection. In most cases, stolen vehicles are recovered with minimal damage in just a few hours.