Did you know that every 26 seconds a vehicle is stolen in our country? By the time you finish reading this blog, another car will have been stolen. While you can’t always prevent theft from occurring, sometimes there are things that you can do to minimize the risk.
At Insurance Doctor, we take car safety seriously. Here is a list of anti-theft devices that are available on the market to protect you and your vehicle. Prices can range from $10 to $1000 depending on the level and type of security you choose:
Steering-wheel lock: These devices go over the steering wheel and completely locks it into place. (@$25-$100)
Brand parts with your Vehicle Identification Number: Your VIN is a unique 17-digit serial number assigned to your car. Car parts with a visible VIN are a lot harder for thieves to re-sell. (@$20)
Car alarms: These are quite good at getting every one’s attention. The price on these can vary greatly. (@$150-$1,000)
Hood locks: This will prevent a thief from accessing your battery or stealing car parts. (@$20-$50)
Tire locks: Tire locks are visible and not so easy to take on and off. Not the best idea for the car you drive on a daily basis. (@$80-$200)
Kill switch: This will actually shut down part of your engine’s electrical system when activated. Be sure to check your car’s warranty, because some car makers do not allow installation. (@$10-$125)
Vehicle tracking system: This device is linked to your local law enforcement agency. A transmitter is installed in your car and is activated once a theft is reported. (@$700)
If you decide to install an anti-theft device on your vehicle, be sure to contact your automobile insurance provider. In some cases, you may qualify for a deduction in your insurance rates.