One of the worst and most upsetting situations is having your car stolen. It is a violation of privacy and more so of your feeling of safety. This occurrence can leave you stranded without out transportation and it can strip you of the freedom of coming and going as you please. However, there are ways to prevent this occurrence from happening, and possibly out some money back in your pocket. Anti-theft devices are a huge market for car owners because they want to do everything to keep their car safe.
Lojack is a device that is used to track a vehicle in the event that it is stolen. Car can be sold with lojack installed or the device can be added to the car at a later time. When you have lojack installed you are set to communicate with an outside company that has the ability to turn on lojack and track the vehicles whereabouts. The device is compact and is usually fitted into an area of the car out of plain eyesight. This allows the device to be activated without the thief being the wiser. Although Lojack does not prevent your car from being stolen it can help recover it before major damage is done.
Steering wheel lock
The steering wheel lock, or commonly known for many years as “The Club” is a useful device that is attached right to the steering wheel of the car. The club expands to fit the inside of the steering column and locks into place making it impossible to turn the wheel. On the lower end of expense the Club and similar devices are usually bought for under $100. Not a fancy device by any means, but it gets the job done, and can help reduce auto insurance quotes.
Ignition Kill Switch
Higher up on the money pole is the ignition kill switch. This switch is installed directly onto the ignition of a car and activates if the car is accessed and turned on by a method different that the key. Recently these devices have been seen on TV. When the car is accessed and hotwired the thief thinks he is getting away, but a very short distance down the road the ignition dies and the car is rendered useless. In some cases the car doors are set to lock when the switch dies and locks the thief in the car.
Car alarms have been around for years, and although some think that people are more desensitized to the noise, they still are a valid deterrent to thieves. If the car is accessed by means other than key and lock a loud often times annoying sound will go off for a specific amount of time. This sound draws attention to the car which in turn sends the thief running.
If you are looking to reduce your auto insurance quotes be sure to contact your agent with any standard or new devices you are using to keep thieves away.