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Keep Your Car Safe from Theft This Summer RISMedia


Friday, July 12, 2019

A stolen car can be financially and emotionally devastating, and an easy way to ruin your summer plans. To help, the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) offers the following four “layers of protection” to guard against vehicle theft all summer long.

Common Sense — the common sense approach to protection is the easiest and most cost-effective way to thwart would-be thieves. You should always:

– Remove your keys from the ignition

– Lock your doors /close your windows

– Park in a well-lit area

Warning Device — the second layer of protection is a visible or audible device which alerts thieves that your vehicle is protected. Popular devices include:

– Audible alarms

– Steering column collars

– Steering wheel/brake pedal lock

– Brake locks

– Wheel locks

– Theft deterrent decals

– Identification markers in or on vehicle

– VIN etching

– Micro dot marking

Immobilizing Device — the third layer of protection is a device that prevents thieves from bypassing your ignition and hot-wiring the vehicle. Some electronic devices have computer chips in ignition keys. Other devices inhibit the flow of electricity or fuel to the engine until a hidden switch or button is activated. Some examples are:

– Smart keys

– Fuse cut-offs

– Kill switches

– Starter, ignition, and fuel pump disablers

– Wireless ignition authentication

Tracking Device — the final layer of protection is a tracking device that emits a signal to police or a monitoring station when the vehicle is stolen. Tracking devices are very effective in helping authorities recover stolen vehicles. Some systems employ “telematics,” which combine GPS and wireless technologies to allow remote monitoring of a vehicle. If the vehicle is moved, the system will alert the owner and the vehicle can be tracked via computer.

Source: National Insurance Crime Bureau

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