What Can Consumers Do to Keep Their Vehicles Safe?
Both LoJack Corporation and the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators (IAATI) agree that by adhering to a multi-layered theft prevention approach—which includes common sense approaches, theft prevention and immobilization devices, and tracking/recovery systems—consumers can better protect their vehicles from theft.
Step 1: Use Common Sense Measures
Never leave keys in the vehicle with the engine running
Don’t hide a spare key in the vehicle
Close all windows and lock all doors when leaving your vehicle
Park in a well-lit area and when at home, keep your vehicle in the garage
Don’t leave valuables in your car, particularly those items that include information on your identity
Don’t program your home address in your GPS system under “Home” as it could lead thieves right to your house. Instead, program your home address under another name.
Step 2: Use Theft Prevention Products
Visible and audible warning devices like a wheel lock or alarm system are good deterrents. Immobilizers—which include smart keys, kill switches and fuel cut-off devices—can offer another means of protection.
Step 3: Use a Tracking and Recovery System, like a LoJack® Stolen Vehicle Recovery System
Since thieves can disarm theft prevention devices and factory-installed telematics systems, a LoJack Stolen Vehicle Recovery System provides you with peace of mind that you’ll get your car back—often quickly—in the event it’s stolen. The LoJack system is directly integrated with law enforcement, uses Radio Frequency technology (proven to be optimal for recovering stolen vehicles), and is covert, making it hard for thieves to find and disengage.