Car theft is down by 25% in Washington state and in the Seattle–Bellevue–Tacoma metropolitan area. The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) recommends a layered approach in thwarting would-be car thieves. The NICB is a non-profit organization which dedicates itself to preventing vehicle theft and is supported by casualty and property insurance and self-insured organizations.
For your information, The Farber Law Group provides the NICB Car Theft Prevention Tips here.
- Don’t leave your keys in the ignition
- Lock your doors and close your windows
- Park in well-lit area
Warning devices which are visible and audible can let car thieves know that your auto is protected. Common devices include:
- Audible alarms
- Steering column collars
- Steering wheel/brake pedal lock
- Brake locks
- Wheel locks
- Tire locks/tire deflators
- Theft deterrent decals
- Identification markers in or on vehicle
- VIN etching
- Micro dot marking
Immobilizing Device are devices which prevent thieves from bypassing your ignition and hot-wiring the vehicle. Some electronic devices have computer chips in ignition keys. Other devices inhibit the flow of electricity or fuel to the engine until a hidden switch or button is activated. Popular third layer devices include:
- Smart keys
- Fuse cut-offs
- Kill switches
- Starter, ignition, and fuel pump disablers
- Wireless ignition authentication
The final layer of protection is a tracking device which emits a signal to police or a monitoring station when the vehicle is stolen. Tracking devices are very effective in helping authorities recover stolen vehicles. Some systems employ “telematics” which combine GPS and wireless technologies to allow remote monitoring of a vehicle. If the vehicle is moved the system will alert the owner and the vehicle can be tracked via computer.
This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. Our personal injury attorney firm represents car accident victims and their families. Contact us for a free and confidential case evaluation. We have offices in Seattle and Bellevue to assist you.