Anti-Theft Technology Offers Multiple Ways to Protect your Car

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In some areas of the country, vehicle theft is on the rise. According to FBI data, a vehicle is stolen every 41 seconds and annual losses total $6 billion at an average of $8,407 per incident.

Anti-theft technology for cars has significantly advanced over the years to deter and prevent theft attempts.

Here are some common and effective anti-theft technologies used in vehicles:

Immobilizer System: Most vehicles now come equipped with an immobilizer system, which requires a specific key or electronic code to start the engine. Without the correct authentication, the engine will not start.

GPS Tracking: Many vehicles now incorporate GPS tracking technology, allowing owners and law enforcement agencies to track a stolen vehicle’s location. This technology relies on a GPS receiver installed in the car, which communicates with satellites to determine its exact location. In case of theft, the vehicle’s movements can be tracked, increasing the chances of recovery.

Keyless Entry with Rolling Codes: Keyless entry systems use rolling codes to communicate between the key fob and the car. Each time you lock or unlock the vehicle, the system generates a new code. This makes it extremely difficult for thieves to intercept and replicate the code to gain unauthorized access.

Alarm Systems: Car alarm systems provide both visual and audible deterrents. They can be triggered by various events such as unauthorized access, tampering or impacts. When activated, the alarm produces a loud sound, draws attention, and often flashes the vehicle’s lights, discouraging theft attempts.

Engine Immobilization: Engine immobilization systems disable the ignition or fuel system, making it impossible to start the car without the correct authorization. These systems can be activated through a separate key fob or automatically through a proximity sensor.

VIN Etching: Vehicle Identification Number etching involves engraving the vehicle’s VIN on its windows and major parts.

This makes it difficult for thieves to sell stolen parts or disguise the vehicle’s identity, as the marked parts can be easily traced back to the original owner.

It’s important to note that while these technologies can significantly reduce the risk of theft, determined thieves may still find ways to bypass or disable them. Therefore, practicing good security habits, such as locking your car, keeping valuables out of sight, and being vigilant in public parking areas, is crucial to minimize the risk of theft.

Auto liability insurance is required in all 50 states, but comprehensive coverage for theft is optional. For more information, call 1-800-222-1469 to talk to a local AAA Insurance agent, click or visit your local AAA office today.