Keeping car theft at bay in 2021.
Of the nearly 900,000 cars stolen in the USA in 2020, not even half were recovered, which is disappointing when you consider that even a simple anti-theft device could deter common thieves. You should want to protect your vehicle, especially since many insurance providers offer discounts to people who have certain types of anti-theft devices fitted to their cars. But, which devices are actually useful, and how exactly do they work?
A visual anti-theft system can be an effective deterrent. An example is an anti-theft car-lock device clamped to the steering wheel or road wheel to lock them and prevent them from rotating. Some devices are hidden and disable the car's starter. Others don't prevent theft but serve as warnings only (a car-alarm system) or as an anti-theft tracking device (like a GPS tracker).
The best car-theft protection is often not just one, but rather a combination of the below:
Effective car-theft prevention starts with a few precautions:
If the vehicle you drive is valuable or a popular theft target, you should have more than one anti-theft device installed. Remember that the top sellers are also the most stolen, like Ford, GM, and RAM trucks and Honda and Toyota sedans. Having effective anti-theft protection will never go out of fashion. Not only will it keep your car safe, but you might save money on your insurance.
No, there is no guarantee. A truly determined thief will steal a car. But these devices deter them and prevent a large percentage of thefts, so better to be safe, than sorry.
By itself, no. The best car-security system is not one, but rather a combination of devices.
Many people ignore them and they don't prevent theft. Combining an alarm with an immobilizer that prevents theft while attracting attention at the same time is better. On expensive cars, owners might want to consider subscription services that can immobilize your car remotely if stolen, and recovery systems that alert users via a smartphone if someone is stealing a car.
A locksmith will have to remove it, if they can. Otherwise, it has to be forcefully removed, with resultant damage and effort.
No, each device comes with its own key. Also, you don't want someone finding the key to be able to unlock all the devices. Electronic locks like immobilizers are usually disabled by touching a hidden button or via a remote, which is similar to how you disable a car alarm. Meanwhile, steering and wheel locks come with their own set of keys.