Auto Theft Security – Is it Effective?

Car Thief at Work


Is Your Auto Theft Security System Effective Enough?

If you ever had your car/truck broken into, you may or may not hear the familiar tones of your car alarm system going off.

This can be an absolute mystery, as one would think that the whole purpose of having an alarm is for it to sound when the vehicle has been unlawfully entered.

A police officer may ask you if your vehicle was locked and secured the last time that it was used.

You may say  “Yes, my car was locked and armed!” It may be armed by clicking twice on your key fob. Your vehicle was parked within earshot of your home or workplace.

So, why would you not hear it?

Let’s take a closer look into this phenomena to understand what happened and see what further measures we can take to reduce the likelihood of such an event occurring again.


Type of Side Windows

Upon further inspection of the damage to your vehicle, it is evident that the car thief may use a center punch or some other high-pressure tool to smash the front passenger side window.

But he may be unsuccessful if this front side window is laminated. The outcome of his efforts merely cracks the glass in-lieu of it shattering, as would the rear passenger window.

Side Car WindowsThe rear window is usually tempered and shatters into a million pieces, dispersing on the rear car seat and footwell.

Clearly, there are no sensors that detected the window breakage, such as shock sensors or window pads.

The car thief pulls the locking pin to open the front passenger door, and again the car alarm system still remained dormant. He then opened the glove compartment and center console, looking for valuables but does not find any treasure, thus leaving your car with all your documents such as registration laying on the passenger seat.

The laminated glass consists of the material PolyVinyl Butyral (PVB) – that is the glue that holds the glass together when fractured.

The rear door glass is single-ply, tempered glass and is deployed in this instance because there is less potential of a human being harmed in an event of a collision.


How Can Our Existing Car Alarms Be Improved?

Depending on the number of ports on a modern car alarm system, it may be possible to extend your current system with additional sensors.

This is pending on the manufacturer, model and year of your vehicle. If there is no room for expansion, then an upgraded car alarm system would be the next best thing.

This is a must-see video for all car/truck owners to be aware of:


With other alternative systems that are readily available, such as remote ignition blocking and stolen auto radio tracking, having a vehicle merely sound to attract one’s attention is not enough anymore.

Let us take a closer look at remote ignition blocking and LoJack.

Remote ignition blocking is a system that deploys a Global Positioning System (GPS) to trace a stolen vehicle and then immobilizes its starter.

This can only occur when the owner’s reports the vehicle as stolen and the appropriate authorities acknowledge the request and then operates the remote ignition block.

General Motors uses the OnStar Subscription service which carries out the above.

A LoJack is a system that instead of using GPS to track the stolen vehicle, uses radio signals to an installed transceiver.

The LoJack unit and the stolen vehicle’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is mapped to a National Law Enforcement database.

This database covers all branches of law enforcement, such as local, state and federal branches.

Therefore, in the event of your vehicle reported stolen, an all points bulletin is broadcasted to all law enforcement police cars and helicopters to be on the lookout for your vehicle.

Another great advantage for having LoJack installed is that you can save up to 35% of your auto insurance.


My Recommendations for Immobilizing and Tracking Your Vehicle

The following devices are my suggested recommendations:

OnStar Subscription

OnStar button

Over the past two decades, OnStar is primarily proprietary to General Motor cars and trucks. However, there is an alternative subscription service which is equivalent to OnStar.

The manufacturer is Verizon and the product known as the Hum, is considerably less expensive than its counterpart, costing a mere $10 per month juxtaposed to paying up to $35, respectively.

Verizon Hum

In the event of your vehicle being stolen, the Hum app when downloaded to your smartphone has access to its own dispatch center; therefore, in turn, pin-pointing your car’s position and relaying data directly to law enforcement.

With this data, law enforcement will be able to detect whether your vehicle is parked or in transit.

LoJack Hardware

LoJack Transceiver Unit

There are two versions of the LoJack product:

  • Stolen Vehicle Recovery System with Early Warning – This is where your smartphone app renders a notification that your vehicle has been entered and possibly being driven without your key present.
  • The one-off cost for this implementation is $900+
  • Stolen Vehicle Recovery System without Early Warning – The one-off cost for this implementation is $600+

The Verdict – The Jury is IN…

Only Kidding…

With going through all the above possibilities to protect your vehicle, it can be said that it is not enough to just have a standard car alarm anymore. Usually, within our must-have features when buying our vehicles, somewhere at the top of the list must be its security.

With the car thief becoming cleverer at his craft, the following essential features must be considered:

  • Standard Auto Theft Security – Usually, some sort of alarm. But nowadays, a lot of people tend to “ignore” a blaring sound going off.
  • Having a remote ignition block device is a sure way to go to supplement your vehicle’s security. However, the only trade-off is the monthly/yearly subscription fee.
  • Having a LoJack device is definitely a no-brainer for supplementing your vehicle’s security system. There is only a one-off payment for the supply and installation of this unit to your vehicle.

Even with these above supplements which have become part of our prized possessions’ furniture, all roads seem to lead back to having a hidden dash camera installed for extra measure in fighting back against the car thief.

I thank you and congratulate you if you have reached this far,

I really would like to know what your thoughts and comments are. Leave your comments and questions below and I will gladly get back to you in a timely manner.

At your service.

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9 Replies to “Auto Theft Security – Is it Effective?”

  1. Great info! I suddenly am no so content with the standard security system my vehicle has…I had no idea it’s possible to break into a vehicle with a security system and not set the alarm off. I love both the LoJack and Hum alternatives you provided and the fact that there’s an option regardless of ones financial situation. I will definitely be looking into the Hum subscription service! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Great post Paul. Very informative. We bought a car last month and it comes with LoJack. I agree that taking extra precautions are a good idea. I like the idea of a camera 👍🏻
    Dina:)

  3. Wow, this is a very informative article. You have mentioned things in this post that I have never thought about. However, the Hum app is very good to know for the future. I have always wonder about some of the features that you have mentioned in this post. Thank you for this informative post!

  4. Hi Paul’

    Amazing article and well written! I am so sorry to hear that your car was broken into . Thank you for sharing this amazing information so that people like me who do not know too much about car security. Thank you so much for this beautifully written article and have a great day 😊

    Pam

  5. Hello,

    I really got a lot out of this article. Vehicle break-ins happen all the time in my neighborhood. It used to be that the thief would just rifle through unlocked cars however, they have started to smash the windows of locked cars to get in like they did to your car. I have installed a security camera on the side of my house pointing at the driveway but sometimes I don’t feel like it’s enough so I really like your suggestions. I have been looking into a dashcam in my vehicle for sometime and am going to seriously consider getting one. Thank you for the great information.

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