Did you know according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report that over 5.9 Billion dollars was lost to people stealing cars in America last year? And if you’re thinking something like some famous movie where they are stealing rare muscle cars, you’d be very wrong.
The most stolen car?
The Honda Accord! That was a major shock to me. I was expecting something more “exotic”.
But the reason I’m writing about this is that car theft really sucks. I mean, just the hassles with the police, insurance companies, replacement loan cars and every other annoyance that goes with it, it’s enough to make you want to take the bus!
But for those of us who can’t or don’t want to go that far, I’ve decided to write about what I think are the top 5 ways to keep your car, yours.
The first gadget I want to talk about is the trusted Steering Wheel Lock. It’s a simple device that locks your steering wheel and is a bit tough to get off without the key.
So just seeing that your car is equipped with one may make the thief opt to move on to the next car. Which of course isn’t great for the next guy, but hey, I’m talking about us here.
The next gadget is a little more drastic, but definitely works. I’m talking about the tire lock that if you live in a big city and like to park where you’re not supposed to, you’ve most likely had the pleasure of seeing one up close.
These things are great deterrents. They’re highly visible and a thief knows they are a major pain in the rear to get off. The “boot” locks onto your wheel, and it is impossible to drive with it on your car.
The problem is, good luck lugging this thing and locking your wheel every time you park.
For long term parking this could really help. But for everyday driving use it’s going to get annoying really fast.
Which brings me to the surveillance camera. Great for your driveway, a car dealership or anywhere you can wire one up. Or even better, get a cordless one that you can monitor through your phone with an app.
If a thief sees a camera, they’ll usually move on. Especially something wireless as they can’t unplug the system or anything, so unless they are wearing a mask and all that, they are most likely going to be ID’ed and caught.
And if a camera is out of your price range, the cheapest and pretty effective alternative is the old trusted kill switch.
This is a simple wire set up that interrupts the flow of electric from the key switch to the battery. So if there is no power running to the key switch, the car can’t be turned on.
You place a simple on-off switch somewhere that isn’t obvious. So if someone has a key to your car or tries to hotwire the car, it simply won’t start. It’s easy, cheap and effective. And it’s a cheaper fix than the previous gadgets too.
The last gadget is not too helpful in stopping thieves, but it could help to find your car after it has been stolen.
The Lojack has helped thousands of car owners find and retrieve their stolen cars. It’s the most expensive option, but it might be worth it if your ride is pricey as well.