In 2017, there was a vehicle theft every 40.9 seconds. Auto theft hit an 8-year high with some careless mistakes by car owners. There are ways you can protect your car and not fall victim to this crime.

If you want to know how to protect your car from theft, you should check out this list of things you can do and devices you can get to prevent car theft.

1. Car Alarm

One of the most popular devices is a car alarm. Some alarms are more sensitive than others, so you could get more false alarms.

Several car models come with car alarms. You can purchase some aftermarket as well. If you install aftermarket alarms, be sure to display the sticker prominently to deter possible thieves.

The one thing to remember about car alarms is that you need to be able to hear it. If you don’t park close to your home or office, you may need additional protection.

2. Kill Switch

A kill switch stops the flow of electricity of the vehicle. After you lock the car, the device enables. The device makes it impossible to start the car without turning off disengaging the kill switch. 

This device comes with a toggle switch and wire to disable it. You can hide this switch under the seat, so a thief cannot easily find it.

This device is not easy to install because it is connected to the vehicle’s wiring systems. You may want to work with a professional to install it or work with a mechanic to make sure you don’t damage the electrical system.

3. Electronic Immobilizers

The electronic immobilizer locks down your car unless you start it with your key. The fuel system shuts down along with the engine.

This system uses a radio frequency (or RFID) to send signals to your key or FOB. It needs to receive the RFID signal back from your FOB. Your car will only start if it recognizes the RFID chip in your FOB.

No need to worry about a duplicate RFID chip. Each RFID chip is unique, so this gives your car extra protection.

4. Tire Locks

If you are parking your car for long periods of time, you may want to use a tire lock. You will probably recognize these locks because police use these devices on illegally parked vehicles. 

These are useful devices if you park in a parking garage or somewhere else overnight to prevent someone from taking your car.

5. Hood Locks

The hood lock secures your hood, so thieves can’t get access to your car parts. You can place these locks on either side of your hood.

You need a key to open the hood lock, so it’s additional protection for your engine and battery. If a thief can’t open the hood quickly, he will probably move on to avoid getting caught. 

6. Steering Wheel Lock

This is one of the most popular devices because it is easy to install. This device locks your steering wheel, so no one can drive away until the lock is removed. You need a key to unlock the device.

You can choose from two different styles. The first style goes across the wheel and attaches around the 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock areas. One side is extended further to prevent someone from turning the wheel.

The second one attaches from the top of the wheel over the front dash. The wheel cannot turn. 

You can also find steering wheels that are removable. These quick-release steering wheels make it hard to drive when removed.

7. GPS and Other Advanced Technology

If a thief really wants your car, he will find a way to get it. Even though GPS tracking systems aren’t really anti-theft devices, they can help find your car easier.  

You can also use cameras inside your car that also work to help recover your car. Wireless baby monitors work well as long as you remember to turn them on after leaving your car.

Learn more about other magnetic sensing devices to help detect a thief.

Other Ways to Keep Your Car Safe

There are other ways in addition to these devices to keep your car safe. Remember to take your keys out of your vehicle. The new FOBs make it easy for thieves to drive off with a car—all they have to do is break in and press the brake and start button to see if the car runs.

Be sure you secure your car every time you leave it. Even if you are gone for 10 minutes, it doesn’t take long for someone to steal your valuables. If you park in your driveway, you should still make sure your doors are locked and windows are up.

It’s also important to never leave your car running even if you are just running in the store or gas station real quick. It is too tempting for car thieves. Be careful about leaving your car running to warm up in the winter because thieves can target these vehicles.

Take your valuables with you at all times. Don’t leave your purse or wallet in the car. If you can’t take them with you, make sure you hide them to get them out of plain sight.

Try to park intelligently including well-lit areas or near the entrance. If there are security cameras or guards, park as close to them as possible. 

How to Protect Your Car from Theft Final Thoughts

Now you know how to protect your car from theft with these devices. You have to find the device that works best for you and your budget. You also have to take into consideration your location and vehicle. 

There are so many devices available to help protect your car, and not every device works for everyone. You may want to consider a combination of multiple devices.

Learn about other ways technology can make your life safer and better by checking out other articles on our site. We break down the latest and greatest technology advances to help you find the best devices for your lifestyle.