Engine Disabler or Kill Switch:
This well hidden switch is installed so when turned on, it cuts power to your starter.
A metal shield that locks around your steering column, which prevents tampering with the ignition switch or starting mechanism. This prevents "hot-wiring" a car because the area is inaccessible.
A hood lock prevents a thief from stealing parts under the hood or disconnecting anti-theft devices.
When turned on, this mechanism stops the flow of fuel from the fuel pump so the car will only go a short distance and then quit.
Time Delay Switch:
This is a power cut-off device which, unless a switch is turned off, will disable your car shortly after it's started.
Time Delay Ignition:
This device will activate your ignition only after a preset time has passed. There is no way to activate the ignition before the preset time has elapsed.
Clutch and Brake Lock:
This mechanism, used only on manual transmission vehicles, locks the brake pedal and the clutch pedal together so one can't be operated without the other.
Brake Lock on Hydraulic System:
This is a mechanism which, when activated, locks on all four brakes and makes it difficult to move or tow the car, even if the engine is started.
Bar locks attach to the steering wheel and block the ability to steer the vehicle. They can also stop the theft of the air bag. This tool can be enhanced with the use of a shield that makes it more difficult to cut the steering wheel and remove the bar lock.
Wheel locks are an inexpensive way to prevent the theft of your vehicle's wheels and tires.
Locking Gas Cap
A locking gas cap prevents thieves from stealing the gas or refilling the gas tank if they steal the vehicle. For added convenience, many of the locking gas caps with combination access also provide a locked place to hide the vehicle's extra set of keys.
Window film can increase the strength of your side and rear windows.
Etching the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) into your window glass is a way of keeping the vehicle from being stolen for the glass parts.
These can have many features including:
- Keyless entry that enables you to open and lock the vehicle while arming or disarming the system. It could also allow you to open the trunk remotely.
- Electric scan prevention stops the use of scanning tools to duplicate your remote's signal.
- Passive arming -- if you forget to arm your alarm, it will arm itself automatically.
- Built-in kill switch that disables the ignition.
- Built-in fuel cut-off switch.
- A loud horn or siren that can be activated from the remote. This acts as a panic alarm.
- An impact sensor that sets off the alarm before the glass breaks.
- A proximity sensor that warns people when they get too close to the vehicle.
- A hood sensor that sounds the alarm if someone is tampering with the hood.
- A remote notification device that tells the owner if the alarm is going off.
- An LED warning light that notifies a car thief that your alarm is activated.
- Remote starting devices that will allow you to warm up your vehicle in the cold without the threat of someone stealing it.
More expensive alarm systems can include:
- Remote control of the vehicle: If the driver does not enter a code before starting, the alarm company is alerted and tracks the vehicle. With this system, the police can shut off the vehicle so the thieves can't escape. It also allows the owner to call the alarm company and shut off the car in case of a carjacking.
- This technology allows the owner to call and have the door opened or the vehicle started anywhere in the world.
- It will tell you where you are within 10 feet of your exact location and give you directions on how to get to your destination.
Before you buy an alarm system, contact your insurance company. With the right features, you may qualify for a discount.