1. TRACKING SYSTEMS - Although they sound good on paper, these costly systems are not very effective. They come into play only after the vehicle has already been stolen, as reported by the Boston Police Department, the city in which the idea originated. By the time the victim reports their vehicle stolen, (which is usually the next day) it has already been stripped and dumped. If the owner of the stolen vehicle is lucky, the thief will
found and removed the tracking transponder while stripping the vehicle and the tracking system will lead the police to the abandoned shell of the vehicle.
Nowadays though, the thieves are
using sophisticated debugging equipment to
find, remove and discard the tracking
transponder. Sadly, law enforcement officers continue to
track the signal thinking it is coming from the stolen
vehicle when actually it leads them to a trash dumpster
in a back alley somewhere! These systems are not available in all areas, and they are not very practical in big cities. Furthermore, they are expensive ($895 and up) and some even require a monthly monitoring fee. Many people in the security industry
refer to these systems
as "after the fact jack." Ford, General Motors and Chrysler offer their own system and sadly these systems are
also easily defeated. The minute a thief steals your vehicle he plugs in a $20 GPS SCRAMBLER . . . aka: (signal destroyer) to negate any signal coming to or from your vehicle thus making the your vehicle invisible. In the old days, the thief would break off the antenna on the roof of the vehicle to defeat these systems.
(SMART KEY) SYSTEMS - This
anti theft system is factory installed on almost every
new vehicle manufactured today. Most every manufacturer,
whether domestic or foreign uses this type system.
Embedded in the head of the vehicle’s ignition key is a
miniature RFID Transponder Chip which contains
one of a trillion possible electronic codes. When the
key is inserted into the vehicle’s ignition, the
transponder sends a signal to a disc shaped antenna
surrounding the key cylinder housing behind the shroud
on the steering column. The antenna then relays a signal
to the control module and if the signal is correctly
recognized, the vehicle is allowed to start. If access
is attempted without the correct code, critical systems
(ignition, starter) remain inoperable. Again, this all sounds
good on paper but all this system does is keep honest
people honest, because it is very easy to bypass. The
thieves are now using laptop computers with recorded RF
codes to bypass them in about 5 seconds, which
is probably why the factory installs these systems for
free. Sadly, many salesman at the car dealers tell their customers that
because of this special transponder chip in their key .
. . they do not need any extra security for their
vehicle, but this is NOT TRUE!
3. REMOTE STARTERS - These remote starters may be real convenient by starting your vehicle, warming it up in the winter or cooling it down in the summer, but please do not think for one moment that these systems are secure. There is absolutely no security at all with these systems. They can all be hacked and started with a Laptop or Scanner in seconds. READ MORE
4. ALARM SYSTEMS - These systems have all just
about run their course. The auto manufacturers do
not even offer an alarm systems any longer. Too many
problems and they are totally ineffective in
deterring auto theft. Who hasn't heard and ignored an
alarm? To make matters worse, a "laptop code
grabber" or "scanner box" will open up the
vehicle’s doors and disable any alarm system can be
purchased for less than $100 on the Internet. Even the
more expensive systems that claim to have Anti-Scan
or Anti-Code Grabbing Technology were still defeated,
as demonstrated on this CBS
NEWS VIDEO. Just ask anyone
who has or has had an alarm if they would ever get
another one . . . THEIR ANSWER WILL BE A DEFINITE NO!
5. THE CLUB - Widely advertised, this device is probably the best known anti theft product on the market today. But as demonstrated on CBS' American Journal, a car thief using a hacksaw can cut through the vehicle's plastic 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 AutoLock devices in 60 seconds. The Club Buster is intended for locksmiths, tow truck operators, and auto repossession professionals, but any thief can buy it over the internet right now for $89.
6. REMOTE STARTER KILLS - Many Car Dealers sell and promote this type of device because it is very easy to install and the dealer can charge up to $499 for it. The customer will never know the difference and will think that they are getting top security for their dollar. This device comes with a remote control and a special re-worked starter relay that replaces the factory starter relay in your vehicle's power distribution box. The power distribution box is very easy to access directly under the hood of the vehicle, all you have to do is to lift the cover of the box pull out the relay, replace it with any factory relay (cost $2) and drive the vehicle off. Again, the remote control on this device can be scanned and bypassed with a scanner box very easily in seconds.
7. KEYPAD SYSTEMS - These systems connect to the starter wire under the dash. They can be defeated in seconds by locating the "brain box" of the keypad (which usually is wire-tied or taped to the steering column under the dash) and then touching the two contacts with a jumper wire.
8. STEERING COLUMN COLLARS - Now nearly obsolete, these devices are worthless in terms of theft protection. All a thief has to do is reach below the dash; pry the ignition switch off the topside of the steering column post, exposing a rod; and pull the rod upward, allowing the vehicle to start.
9. BRAKE PEDAL LOCKS
- We witnessed one of these pedal locks
compromised very easily at a crime prevention seminar.
This pedal lock is designed to go in between the brake
pedal and the floor board of the vehicle making it
impossible to apply the brake. Hence, a thief would not
steal the vehicle if he could not stop it. The
demonstration showed a "would be thief" hitting the side
of the pedal lock just below the brake with a small
sledgehammer denting the floorboard until it slipped to
the side and was removed. NOT