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Vehicle alarms can be a deterrent to amateur car thieves and car burglars. Some alarms disable the vehicle's starter or fuel pump until reset by the vehicle owner while others merely make noise and are usually ignored. The alarms with the disable feature are the most effective. Keep in mind that even the best alarms can be bypassed.
As with car alarms, steering wheel locks or the "Club" may deter inexperienced car thieves. These devices are easy to circumvent and should not be counted on to protect your car, especially if you drive a popular model that is often stolen for parts. Thieves can very easily cut the steering wheel or remove the lock from the bar itself.
There are several types of vehicle recovery systems available, although not all are available in all areas. Some systems use electronic radio transmitting devices such as the VectorTrac and LoJack sytems. GM’s OnStar is a well-known GPS/Cellular based tracking product that can also recover a vehicle under the right circumstances. Tracking systems, especially the RF Tracking systems, are very good at getting your vehicle back after it has been stolen and when combined with a vehicle alarm, offer the best protection you can get.
LoJack utilizes a small radio transceiver hidden within the vehicle. Because LoJack doesn't have automatic activation capability, the vehicle owner must report the theft to police before tracking can begin. LoJack has been around longer than any other system and is well established in the US, the UK, and many other countries.
Like LoJack, the VectorTrac system utilizes a small radio transceiver that is hidden within the vehicle. Unlike LoJack, however, VectorTrac Locator Unit also has a GPS receiver which can give the control center a good initial fix on the vehicle before trackers are even dispatched. The vehicle may then be tracked from a computer as Tracking Receiver equipped vehicles move in for the apprehension and recovery. The control center can remotely kill the vehicle’s engine at anytime to avoid dangerous pursuits and allow easy and safe recovery of the vehicle. The VectorTrac Locator Unit has several inputs and outputs that may be configured by the system integrator to enable features such as tamper detection, automatic activation, horn honk etc. Due to FCC regulations, VectorTrac is not available in the U.S.
To learn more about equipping your vehicle with VectorTrac or setting up a VectorTrac system in your contry, please vist http://www.VectorTrac.com.