Base model? No thanks. You’ve customized your ride’s rims, sound system, wheels and tires, shocks, seats, paint job, you name it. Basic has never been your thing, and nothing’s too good for your car. So why would you rely on a factory-installed alarm system to protect your car from thieves?
Short answer: you wouldn’t.
First of all, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, California holds the number one spot on the top ten list of states for vehicle theft. And second, here in San Diego, just minutes away from an international border, it’s that much easier for criminals to strip your car and disappear all those beautiful parts into an organized network of thievery. Plus, as many as 80% of car thieves are professional criminals who can disable a standard alarm in under a minute.
As far as you’re concerned, standard will never cut it – especially when it comes to protecting your car.
At Stereo Depot in San Diego and El Cajon, we’re right there with you. After all the care and customization you put into your ride, a top-notch security system is the only thing that makes sense.
What to look for in a security system
Visual/audible car alarms
Some people will tell you that because professional car thieves can disable standard car alarms, there’s no reason to have one. We are not those people. You have to remember that car thieves are going to start with what’s easiest and quickest. If your car sounds an audible siren and starts flashing the lights when it’s tampered with, you can bet most thieves will move on to easier prey. Alarm systems reduce the risk of theft because they make your car more difficult for criminals to steal. Period.
So let’s say some master thief takes an interest in your car and finds a way to bypass the audible alarm. If your system is complete, it will have an electronic security device that prevents the engine from running if your key is not present. In other words, it renders your car unable to be “hot wired.”
Over half of stolen cars are never returned to their owners. Some are sold off into the hugely profitable overseas black market, and others are stripped and sold for parts. In the event that your car is stolen, you’re much more likely to get it back if you have installed a tracking system that will find the exact location of your car and alert the police or your monitoring service once you report it stolen.
One of the first things organized car thieves will do with a stolen car is to get rid of the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). This allows them to deal in parts without concern of getting caught. If the stolen car cannot be identified, it cannot be proven stolen. You can address this by spraying your car with thousands of tiny dots, each less than 1mm across, that contain your VIN. This allows your parts and components to be identified. Mount an alert in the window that your car is equipped with microdots, and potential thieves will see that stealing your car is more trouble than it’s worth.
Plus a smidge of common sense
All of the above components of a complete security system won’t help you if you don’t also use common sense.
- Take your keys out of the ignition and put them in your pocket when you park your car.
- Tuck your valuables out of sight.
- Lock your doors and close the windows and sunroof all the way.
- Park in well-lit areas, and garage your car whenever you can.
You know. The usual.
At Stereo Depot in San Diego and El Cajon, we’re as passionate about cars as you are. Come on in and take a look at our selection of quality security systems. Let our knowledgeable, professional staff members answer your questions about audible alarm components, immobilizers, tracking systems, and whatever else you need to protect your ride.
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