Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

5 Essential Things to Know About Your Car's Anti-Theft Device

anti theft ttk

Your car’s anti-theft device is installed in an effort to help protect your investment from thieves. Most cars today include a variety of these devices and systems that not only protect the car, but also deter theft in the first place.

There are different components and options available in anti-theft devices. However, understanding these options and how they prevent theft is important, especially if you live in areas with higher theft rates. The following are the essential things to know about your car’s anti-theft device.

Be Responsible

Anti-theft devices work well, but only if you are responsible when you park your vehicle. Leaving the keys in the ignition or even leaving it running when you head into the store will render the devices useless for obvious reasons.

Proper Usage

It’s also important that you understand how to engage your anti-theft devices. For example, a steering wheel lock often requires you to turn it slightly when you exit the vehicle to engage. Those that are integrated into the lock mechanism may require only a single push or rapidly tapping the button twice to make sure the system is engaged. If you can’t find this information in your user manual, you should speak with the manufacturer to find out.

Opt for OnStar

If you are purchasing a GM vehicle, you will have the option to subscribe to OnStar service. While it might seem like an unwanted expense, the GPS tracking offered by the service can be invaluable in helping you recover your vehicle if it is stolen.

Consider LoJack

If you are purchasing a non-GM vehicle, most dealerships offer LoJack as a feature that can be added on to your vehicle. This system uses radio frequencies to locate stolen vehicles, offering greater protection that will still work when the vehicle is out of range or in an area that obstructs satellite signals. It is estimated that a LoJack system is around 90 percent effective in helping to recover vehicles that are stolen.

Smart Key Technology

Smart Key technology, which requires the key fob to the vehicle to be in close proximity for unlocking and inside the vehicle for starting, is another great anti-theft device option that offers protection. While this system is only available as an extra feature on some models, the overall protection against theft is well worth the investment of the upgrade.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
Icon-warranty_badge-02

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

More related articles

How to Transfer a Car Title in Idaho
In order to prove ownership of a car, you must have the title. However, when a car is sold, given away or inherited, the title needs...
Veteran and Military Driver Laws and Benefits in Idaho
The state of Idaho offers a number of benefits and perks for those Americans who have either served in an Armed Forces branch in the...
Auto Safety Tips
Driving is more than a way to get from point A to point B. Owning and driving a car can also be a highly enjoyable experience. Whether a person is driving...


Related questions

Q: How do I release the steering wheel lock with the key?

When your car is turned off, the steering wheel will sometimes lock as a safety precaution. During this time, the steering wheel will barely move, and the car cannot be turned on. To release the steering wheel lock, insert the...

Q: how to fix no keys issue if i dont have the car's keys

The 2010 Maxima uses the 'Nissan Intelligent Key" system. The only way to start the car is to have the key fob in the vehicle while using the start button. There is no way to defeat this requirement as this...

Q: Resetting the PATS (Passive Anti Theft System)

The passive anti-thief system (PATS) is programmed to work with your keys from the factory. Only a dealer with special programming tools and codes can reprogram the system to your key again. If you have one key that is programmed...