Aside from your home, your vehicle is one of the biggest purchases you’ll make in your life. Regardless of your car’s make, model or condition, security should always be a top priority. In many places, simply locking the doors may be enough to deter thieves, but sometimes it isn’t, and some added car security devices are needed.
With a variety of new and classic security products on the market, keeping your vehicle safe is easier than ever. Here are a few options you may want to consider:
Ring the Alarm
Car alarms are the old standby, and while you might immediately think of your neighbor whose alarm went off so much that everyone ignored it, companies like Cobra, Viper and Commando have improved their systems to make them more effective and less touchy. While your vehicle will still sound when broken into, modern alarm systems also can notify you via your key FOB that the alarm has been triggered. Plus, many systems give you the ability to disable the car within a range of more than one-fourth of a mile.
In the event your vehicle is stolen, there are tracking devices that can be installed to help you recover it. LoJack is no newcomer to this arena, but now companies such as OnStar, CarShield and even your vehicle’s manufacturer may offer integrated technology that can disable your vehicle and track its movements with GPS.
When you purchased your vehicle, the dealer may have offered a glass etch for an additional cost — some sellers even include it with their cars for no additional fee. Either way, having your vehicle’s VIN number etched on the windows is a smart move. When your car is stolen, it is most likely going to be brought to a chop shop, where they will dismantle the car, remove parts that have VIN numbers and sell everything else. When the VIN number is etched into your windows, it makes it harder for thieves to hide the identity of your vehicle.
Caught on Camera
Digital camera technology has exploded in the last few years, to the point where you can now install in-car camera systems that monitor and record your car’s interior and surroundings. These fancy cameras give you a wireless look into your car at all times. Whether you select a dash- or mirror-mounted camera, this security measure not only deters thieves but also records them during a break-in to aid law enforcement.
No matter where you live, protecting your vehicle should be a top concern. There are more security options available now than ever before, with everything from alarms and GPS tracking to VIN number etching and cameras that you can view remotely.
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Erich Reichert has been an editor and on-air personality in the radio control car hobby for 12 years. A certified car nut since birth, he has written for internationally published titles such as RC Car Action, RC Driver and Xtreme RC Cars, as well as Stuff Magazine, Road and Track and Super Street. He's covered everything from product reviews and tech articles to high-profile lifestyle pieces and celebrity interviews. Erich found his passion for writing after a successful career as an art director, working with brands such as Pepsico, NASCAR, MTV, Nintendo, WWE, Cannondale Bicycles and HBO. He's also a father, an avid hockey fan and an FIA race license holder who enjoys hiking, playing drums and movies.