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Choosing an Anti-Theft Device for Your Car

Don't make it easy for thieves to take your ride. Read the following tips from National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) or visit the NICB site for additional theft solutions. (Click here for a pdf tip sheet.)

Common Sense

Remove Ignition Keys

  • Removing the ignition key after every use can significantly reduce the likelihood of theft.
  • Cost: Standard in all models
  • Benefits: Easy to use

Lock Door & Close Windows

  • Door locks, the original anti-theft device, and closed windows effectively limit access to the vehicle's interior.
  • Cost: Standard in all models
  • Benefits: Prevents easy access

Park in a Well-Lit Area

  • Parking in a well-lit area discourages thieves from approaching a vehicle because of visibility.
  • Cost: None
  • Benefits: Prevents easy access

Warning Devices

WHN Tip: These prices are guidelines; find a solution that best fits your budget.

Audible Alarms

  • Audible alarms are typically equipped with motion or impact sensors, which trigger a 120-decibel siren.
  • Cost: $150 - $1,000
  • Benefits: Effective in preventing thefts, burglaries and vandalism

Steering Column Collars

  • Steering column collars prevent thieves from "hot-wiring" the vehicle. Some collars are installed permanently while others must be continuously activated.
  • Cost: $100 - $200 installed
  • Benefits: Excellent protection for older vehicles

Steering Wheel Locks

  • A steering wheel lock is a metal bar designed to prevent the steering wheel from turning.
  • Cost: $25 - $100
  • Benefits: Excellent visual deterrent

Steering Wheel/Brake Pedal Lock

  • Prevents depression of the brake pedal.
  • Cost: $15 - $80
  • Benefits: Excellent visible deterrent

Tire Locks

  • Similar to the circular steel "boots" used by many large city police departments, tire locks prevent the vehicle from being driven.
  • Cost: $80 - $200
  • Benefits: Excellent visible deterrent

Tire Deflators

  • Attaches to the tire valve stem and causes the tire to go flat if the tire rotates before they are removed.
  • Cost: Under $50
  • Benefits: Easy and inexpensive to use.

Theft Deterrent Decals

  • Theft deterrent decals visually warn thieves the vehicle is protected by an alarm or other anti-theft devices.
  • Cost: $2 - $5
  • Benefits: Inexpensive but effective

Identification Markers In or On Vehicle

  • Security labels marking various vehicle parts enabling the part to be identified if removed from the vehicle.
  • Cost: $2 - $15
  • Benefits: Inexpensive, discourages thieves from stealing the vehicle and aids in recovery

Window Etching

  • Etching the vehicle identification number or other traceable number onto the vehicle's windows makes it difficult for thieves to resell the vehicle or its parts.
  • Cost: Free to $100
  • Benefits: Discourages thieves from stealing the vehicle and aids in recovery

Laminated Glass

  • Impact resistant protective glazing applied to vehicle windows designed to fortify the windows against penetration or splintering.
  • Cost: Standard
  • Benefits: Excellent protection for vehicle windows

Immobilizing Devices

Smart Keys

  • Smart keys contain specially coded computer chips or radio frequencies. Without the exact key, the vehicle's engine cannot be started.
  • Cost: Standard in some models
  • Benefits: Effective and extremely easy to use

Fuse Cut-Offs

  • Short circuits the electrical system, preventing the vehicle from starting.
  • Cost: $40 - $90
  • Benefits: Inexpensive and relatively easy to install

Kill Switches

  • Kill switches inhibit the flow of electricity or fuel to the engine until a hidden switch is activated.
  • Cost: $10 - $125
  • Benefits: Inexpensive and relatively easy to install

Starter, Ignition and Fuel Disablers

  • Short circuits the electrical or fuel system, preventing the vehicle from starting, or causes the vehicle to stop running within a short time.
  • Cost: Standard in some models
  • Benefits: Inexpensive and easy to use

Tracking Devices

Tracking Devices

  • Most tracking devices are electronic transmitters hidden in the vehicle, which emit signals to the police or monitoring stations when the vehicle is reported stolen.
  • Cost: $400 to $1,500
  • Benefits: Effective in recovering stolen vehicles
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