We want to ensure that you have the HARD FACTS read the following and do your own due diligence in an effort to make an informed decision.
YOUR VEHICLE IS AT RISK!
No matter where you live, work, visit or what kind of car you drive, your vehicle is a potential target for theft. Any vehicle is a target for car thieves. Some vehicles are more popular than others. Chop shops sell body, interior, engine and drive train parts. A dismantled vehicle is worth two to four times its blue book value in parts.
Thousands of cars are stolen every day from people who didn't think it would happen to them.
The financial burden and personal hassle of having a car stolen can be tremendous. Professional thieves are technically proficient and have become more aggressive, sophisticated and quick acting and they do so with coordination and skills that would surprise most people. The facts are simple... car alarms, mechanical locking devices, and vehicle tracking and recovery systems are not enough--no matter how sophisticated... they do not stop professional thieves.
Considering a car alarm? When researching a vehicle security system, the first thing is to decide what you want to do. What good is it to have an alarm to sound? Ask yourself this: Do I call the police when I hear a car alarm? Car alarms do not prevent auto theft. No matter how sophisticated. Considering a tracking device? Why recover your car AFTER it has been stolen, when you can prevent it from being stolen in the first place? Frankly, if your vehicle is stolen you probably do not want it back.
Your first choice should be to prevent your car from being stolen.
These days, no one pays attention to car alarms. How many times have people heard an alarm going off? A lot. How many times have people taken action when you heard the alarm? Not many, if at all. People have become so desensitised to the sound of a car alarm that they are considered alarmingly useless and more of a nuisance than help. Within seconds, the thieves have your car door open, if the alarm sounds, they open the hood and clip the wire to the siren, the siren stops, and everyone thinks the alarm was failing. Alarms are totally ineffective at preventing auto theft and break-ins. Other than the siren, all the wiring is connected underneath the dash of the vehicle, right where the thieves have easy access to bypass the system.
Considering a factory anti-theft system? Today's car thieves are technically proficient and can bypass and steal your vehicle equipped with a factory anti-theft system in a matter of seconds. All of the wiring under the dashboard is exposed and the same for a particular application. They know the latest technology involving factory anti-theft systems. They are very disciplined and very sophisticated. They do so quickly and undetected and they get away with it.
The question is how do they do it? Among other methods below are just a few techniques that thieves use.
Remote Lighter - As it is know on the street, this is the newest technology used to crack factory transponder code for factory immobilizer systems that utilize transponder or smart keys.
Code Grabbers - Go to our media section and watch the investigate report aired on the CBS' The Early Show and 48 Hours on why alarms are not enough--no matter how sophisticated... they do not stop professional thieves. Just ask anyone who has or has had an alarm if they would ever get another one... Their answer will be a definite no.
Code Grabbers Disable Alarms That Claim to Be Anti-Scan - Go to our media section and watch the investigate report above aired on the CBS' The Early Show and 48 Hours, so called ‘Anti-Scan’ alarms are not immune to code grabbers--no matter how sophisticated... they do not stop professional thieves. Moreover, Directed Electronics Inc., America’s largest auto security company knows this and they are terrified… Know the facts.
No Key Required Bypass Kit - Professional thieves use this device typically after using a scanner box or code grabber disable your alarm and even unlock the doors making it simple for a them to steal your vehicle. When the alarms are scanned, the lights of the vehicle will flash letting you know the car is unlocked, the alarm is off, and the vehicle is ready to be stolen.
Stolen Car Keys - Professional thieves sometimes use these to steal your vehicle.
Considering a Flat Plug Device? These dealer only available devices like theATP (Automotive Theft Prevention) are all mounted below the dash. The connections are very simple to make and only go to each end of the starter wire beneath the dash. The more sophisticated models include a red flashing light... which has nothing at all to do with the device's ability to deter theft. It is merely a red light that either blinks or burns continuously.
They typically have a maximum of six different combinations and most car dealers use the same combination on every vehicle they sell. These systems are cheap, which enables some car dealers to install them on every vehicle in stock and try to sell their vehicles at a higher price. If a customer balks and does not want to pay for it, the dealer simply inserts a chip that will override the system. Dealers also know that these systems often result in problems... and customer complaints. Most of the dozens of companies that have manufactured flat plug devices have already gone out of business.
The question is how do they do it? Car thieves can overcome these devices in seconds by using a jumper wire or even with an "old fashioned" hat pin or paper clip, simply by sticking it through one wire and into the other.
Considering a mechanical locking devices? i.e. steering wheel locks, pedal locks, transmission locks, wheel locks, and even air brake cuffs for big rigs are quickly circumvented by professionals. Fact is, thieves have a tool(s) and/or procedure(s) and techniques to quickly defeat almost all mechanical locking devices. Some are better than others but none will stop professional thieves. Even worse, many are heavy and cumbersome to deinstall thus you will be less likely to use them- so what's the point.
The question is how do they do it? Below are just a few techniques that thieves use.
The Buster - This device is used quickly defeat mechanical steering locks, transmissions locks and even pedal locking devices like The Club and the AutoLock.Widely advertised, The Club is probably the best-known anti-theft product on the market today. But as demonstrated CBS's American Journal, a car thief using a hacksaw can cut through the vehicle's steering wheel and remove The Club in just 22 seconds!
The program also demonstrated how a thief can spray freon into the locking mechanism of The Club, hit the now - frozen lock with a hammer, and shatter it like glass, enabling him to remove The Club. In addition, there is a device called the Club Buster, which will break The Club and the AutoLock devices in 60 seconds. The Club Buster is intended for locksmiths, tow truck operators, and auto repossession professionals, but any thief can buy them on internet right now for about $93.
Tracking devices and vehicle recovery systems may work, AFTER your car has already been stolen. These expensive systems only come into play after the car has been stolen, provide no impediment; they are After the Fact Jacks and are easily defeated and by the time the car is found there is a good chance it has already been stripped of parts. The time it takes from when the vehicle is driven off, to when the owner notices the vehicle is gone, to when the vehicle is actually tracked gives most thieves time to strip and dump the car.
The question is how do they do it? Below are just a few techniques that thieves use.
Radio based systems such as LoJack can be defeated by simply driving the car to an underground parking lot or out of range or by removing the antennae which is usually located behind one of the headlights. GPS systems like GM's OnStar are even easier to defeat. All you have to do is clip or break off the GPS antenna and the system is rendered useless. Even worse, according to the Police Department of LosAngeles, California, professional thieves use a radio frequency finder to locate and disable tracking and recovery devices while the vehicle is in motion.
Success for tracking device and vehicle recovery companies, may not be success for you. Theft recoveries are tracked by companies such as CarFax, so even if your vehicle is recovered, the resale value will drop significantly. Add the cost of the tracking system, monthly fees, damage to the vehicle, drop in resale value, and tracking devices loose their appeal.
A tracking device should be the last of your defense, not the first. You don't want someone to have possession of your car for one minute, let alone several hours, days or weeks. And most insurance companies will wait up to one month before paying out on your claim, just in case your vehicle turns up. If fact, even if your vehicle is stolen and legitimately recovered it's resale value will be significantly reduced no matter how good it's condition or how low the mileage. Moreover, if during the theft, the vehicle is involved in a major accident or wreck- damage severely affects the safety and resale value of a vehicle.
Even worse, if the vehicle sustained damage due to being stripped or fire damage and was rebuilt or reconstructed, then placed back on the road- the vehicle will bear one of the following undesirable titles: 'SALVAGE TITLE, CLEAN-RECOVERED THEFT, &UNRECOVERED/UNRECOVERED, REBUILT SALVAGE, SALVAGE CERTIFICATE, NON-REPAIRABLE, SAREBUILDABLE/REBUILDABLE, SALVAGE THEFT TITLE, SALVAGE CERTIFICATE BRANDED THEFT.
In short, amongst other financial loss, at a minimum, if your vehicles bears any one of the undesirable titles as a result of auto theft, you are going to take a serious beating financially and the value of the vehicle will definitely be significantly reduced no what matter how great its condition or what the proposed disposition of the vehicle may be. This why you must keep your vehicle from being stolen in the first place.