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Is It Really That Necessary To Install A Car Security System On Your Automobile

Jan 10, 2008
Many people take minimal, if any approaches when it comes to car security. This is especially the case if they have a car that is cheap and old. However, even these cars can get stolen. In fact, the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord, (two cars that are not all that spectacular in comparison to sports cars), are the two types of vehicles that get stolen the most by car thieves. Why would they still such average cars? It's because they can get money stripping them of their parts. They then sell these parts to various car manufacturers, who may not have any idea that the parts were obtained illegally. Then there are those who do know, as they are a part of the car theft crime ring.

So, with that being said, what can be done to increase one's car security? Well, to understand what will work best for car security, first consider what won't work. For example, the infamous car bars that are sold through infomercials mean nothing to a car thief. All they have to do to steal the car is cut away the bar then hotwire the ignition to get it to run. This makes the car bar form of car security a complete waste of money.

Another car security method that won't work are car alarms. To understand why this type of car security method doesn't do well, think about your own self when you hear such an alarm go off. Do you really think that a car is being broken into? If you're like most people probably not, because the annoying sound associated with most car alarms happen so often that it lost its original power. And for the rare few that do associate an activated car alarm with theft, they get distracted by cat prints on car. What does this mean? Basically, the car thief throws a cat somewhere on the car. When the owner or someone else sees the footprints, they think it's a cat doing it instead of a person. As they are returning to wherever they were, the car thief moves in and steals the vehicle.

What can be done to help increase car security, if the most common methods of car bars and car alarms don't work? The best answer involves getting systems like LoJack, that provide special tracking technologies to locate where a car is if it is stolen. LoJack specifically works through a separate device that is hidden somewhere in the car. When the car is stolen a person can check online to see where it is. From there the police can come after the car. If a person doesn't like the idea of their car security being determined by a device that could be found by the thief, they can consider technologies such as Onstar, where tracking is built within the car through a special GPS system.

Of course, if you do get LoJack or Onstar, there's still a possibility that the car could be stripped so fast that once the police get there, it's gone. However, if the thief didn't suspect that he was being tracked, at least justice can be done in the situation as he would be hauled off to jail. From there, he won't be a further threat either to the person from which he stole or towards the public in general.
About the Author
Gregg Hall is an author living with his 18 year old son in Jensen Beach, Florida. Find more about window tint as well as car care accessories at http://www.5starshine.com
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