It’s very traumatizing to lose your car to theft. Although covered by insurance, this is a risk that might occur any time and put your plans in jeopardy as you have to start the lengthy claim process. In the United States, cars worth more than four billion are stolen each year, and only less than 15% are recovered. Many thieves steal cars to strip off for parts, so chances of finding the car on the road are near zero.
To prevent all this from happening, you should consider these technologies that could help to secure your car at home.
1. Car alarm
The car alarm is an important part of a car that helps to prevent intrusion and also theft. When someone breaks the window, tries to start the car, or opens a door, the alarm is activated and this will alert you. Some alarms are unique as you need a special access code to deactivate them, so the car cannot be driven until the alarm is off, which is a good security mechanism.
2. Garage door motion-detecting lights
Since your car is mostly in the garage, this is one of the areas thieves will focus on when they want to get away with it. One of the solutions on how to secure your garage is to install motion-detecting lights, which turn on immediately someone approaches. Also, use secure garage door locks that cannot be opened easily, and always leave the garage door closed.
3. Steering wheel lock bar
This is a device that slides over the car’s steering wheel then locks it in place. One cannot turn the wheel unless the lock is removed, and it’s made of hardened metal, so don’t imagine a thief taking an hour trying to cut it. An advantage of the tool is that it’s easy to use and simple.
A kill switch is a device that can work with the alarm system to cut off fuel supply if someone tries to steal the car. It works like a car alarm and can only be disengaged with a plastic key. The kill switch makes it difficult to drive the car after breaking into it and while it might not protect any valuables inside, it will ensure your car does not go anywhere.
5. Brake lock
In the case of a brake lock, it works by locking to your brake pedal to make it impossible to release the pedal unless the device is disengaged. The device is made from hardened metal like the steering lock, so it’s also difficult to cut. In fact, cutting it would make the vehicle undrivable, so it could help to deter theft.
6. Tracking device
Tracking devices use GPS technology to trace the movement of a car after it gets stolen. This is a device that can aid in the recovery of your vehicle. You can install one that you could control from your mobile device and update settings so you receive alerts when the car is moved from the garage or where you parked it.
There are many ways you can protect your car against theft. One of the solutions you have is to use technologies designed to prevent theft. Start by installing a car alarm and ensure you also have a tracking device in case the car is stolen. Brake lock and a kill switch would also be effective in ensuring the car cannot be moved from the garage.