Vehicle Theft Prevention

  • Use of a steering wheel locking device to deter thefts.
  • Also recommended are "kill switches" or starter bypass switches.
    • A kill switch prevents electrical current from reaching the vehicle's coil or carburetor and can only be deactivated by using a hidden switch. Before ordering the installation of a kill switch, check your vehicle's warranty policy to ensure it will not be a problem. If there is a warranty problem with kill switches, consider using a starter bypass switch to accomplish the same result. Use of a fuel switch will interrupt the flow of gas or diesel fuel and prevent the car from being driven away.
  • Tracking devices are useful in locating stolen vehicles.
    • Global positioning satellite systems that are available for a monthly or annual fee can pinpoint the location of your vehicle. Other systems allow law enforcement to directly track the car's movement.
  • Do not leave your vehicle running and unattended for any period of time. Many vehicles are stolen when the owner runs into a convenience store for their morning cup of coffee.