A lot of thought and planning typically goes into buying a car, whether for the first time or not. Hence, once bought, cars take a special place in people’s hearts not only because it is one of the most expensive assets but also because it is a much faster and flexible medium of transport. With the growing expansion of the urban areas, the number of cars is increasing, and with that, what is also increasing is the car theft. In US alone there are 263 million cars and 707,758 cars were stolen in 2015 alone, and this is considering that car theft has statistically decreased with fewer than 1 million cars being stolen in 2009. While there is no denying that car theft has become more sophisticated in the recent times, our careless attitude in keeping our cars protected is also responsible for cars getting stolen in many cases.
It is important that before buying a car, car owners be savvy about the various anti-theft devices that are at times inbuilt, in addition to the looks of the car. Knowing the type of anti-theft devices can actually go a long way in lowering the risk of a car getting stolen. While there is also an increase in sophisticated security systems in the market, the last few years has also seen tech-savvy car thieves targeting the cars with keyless technology. Here are top five important security devices that should be chosen for a car:
One of the most secure devices for the car are wheel locks. They are installed over the wheels of the car and can be removed with a special key that comes with the set. The size of the wheel locks varies depending on the size of the wheels of the vehicle, but they are effective in preventing carjacking when the vehicle is to be parked for a long time. Additionally, they are less expensive and are virtually impossible to remove since there is only enough space to fit the key of the lock, so prying with any other tool does not help.
Steering wheel locks
It is crucial to keep in mind that just fitting a vehicle with wheel locks might not be enough to dissuade probable carjackers from attempting to steal. This is where steering wheel locks become important. When this lock is attached to the steering wheel of the car and locked in place, it prevents the car from being driven away by someone unwanted. Both the types of steering wheel locks, one extending horizontally across the wheel and the other which is attached to the top of the wheel and extending over to car’s front dash, helps in preventing the wheel from turning and is an excellent way of deterring potential thieves.
This is an electronic security device built into the engine that prevents the engine from igniting unless used with the correct key. While most modern cars nowadays come with this security system inbuilt, it would be foolish to keep the key inside the car even if the car is parked in order to quickly get a two-minute job done.
These can give temporary relief to new parents in order to check whether everything is fine with their babies, but this device is also pretty handy to be kept inside a car. Wireless monitors with functions like night vision and audio help in getting a live feedback on the activities happening in and around your car. Most potential carjackers would be hesitant to steal a car if they find a video camera filming them from inside the car, and in spite of this, if they do steal, you will have them on the video footage which will be helpful in retrieving the car. Additionally, if the audio is turned on, there will also be the chance to hear if a window is smashed in.
This is an advanced car theft device, which helps to interrupt the electricity flowing to the fuel pump or any other critical system, thus making it almost impossible to get the car on road. It is also recommended to install multiple kill switches which can be designed in an order in which they are supposed to be flipped. However, it must be kept in mind that kill switches are quite complicated to install, and should be done only if the car owner or his partner has complete knowledge of wiring systems of the car.
It should be understood that even the high-end security systems that have been discussed above, none of these systems are absolutely foolproof, and if indeed a car is stolen in spite of the installation of some of these devices, immediate help from the police needs to be taken. However, there is no denying that these devices help reduce the possibility of carjacking to a great extent.