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The topic of car thefts is often brought up in the press. Lost cars are discussed so often that there are a number of myths and rumors in this issue.
Naturally, most of them have nothing to do with reality. That is why it is necessary to debunk the most popular myths about car thefts.
Car theft myths
To protect yourself from theft, it is enough to decorate your car with airbrushing. This myth is firmly entrenched in the heads of our domestic motorists. It seems to them that if they just repaint the car for some exotic animal or put some image on it, this will automatically stop the criminals. People think that the airbrushing on the fender or the hood itself sets the car apart from other cars, which will deter the thief.
In this case, it is enough to recall the well-known case when a Jaguar was stolen in Moscow, which had a very vivid sign - airbrushing with Baba Yaga. Such a kidnapping seemed unusual, since it was believed that the coloring would stop the hijackers. Considering this case, it is worth noting that Baba Yaga turned out to be a bad talisman. She did not scare off thieves, despite her dark origin in Russian fairy tales. Experts say that skilled hands can remove airbrushing everything in a couple of hours. In this case, no traces remain. That is, there will be no special external signs by which it will be possible to distinguish a car among similar ones. Therefore, you can not amuse yourself with the hope that airbrushing on the car will scare off the car thief. It is reasonable to note that if this measure were really effective, then insurance companies would have already begun to make discounts for the presence of such unusual drawings on cars.
Cars are stolen mainly in the dark. Many drivers are calm about their personal transport, believing that no one will steal a car during the day. In fact, this is a delusion. In recent years, the number of day hijackings has almost equaled the night. Most often, crimes occur in places with a large traffic congestion, we are talking about parking near large shopping centers and offices. There is a constant hustle and bustle, which is the perfect environment for intruders. Indeed, in a crowd, it is easiest for them to remain unnoticed and at the same time observe potential prey. Often, car thieves also have pickpockets as assistants. In a large crowd of people, it is easy for them to pull the car keys out of the pocket of a relaxed owner. Then they are handed over to the hijacker and the job is done!
To find a stolen car, it is enough to hide a mobile phone in it in a secluded place. Motorists believe this is both inexpensive and effective. Why spend money on complex anti-theft systems when you can hide a simple mobile terminal inside the car, which takes power from the on-board network. In the event of a theft with the help of a cellular operator, it will be possible to determine where the car is. The signals of the base stations will help in this, you just need to contact the operator and quickly get an answer about the location of that very phone. First of all, you need to understand that determining coordinates using LBS, that is, base stations, has a much larger error than satellite navigation. Even speaking about the declared, and not the actual parameters, it should be understood that they differ by at least an order of magnitude. It is much easier to look for a hidden car in an area with a radius of 10 meters than 100. But outside the city the distance between mobile towers increases. This will further reduce the accuracy of the readings. As a result, searching with LBS coordinates simply loses its meaning. If we analyze the design features of such a solution, then some serious points will appear here. The fact is that ordinary cell phones are designed to operate in a very narrow range of temperature and humidity. It is unlikely that the owner will prudently acquire highly specialized modules of the Automotive or Military standard for solving car safety problems. As a result, the device, being constantly under the influence of vibration and talk, will operate in a non-standard mode. Its circuitry will fail much earlier. And the battery itself in this mode will die much earlier than expected. After all, intermittent discharge periods and a constant supply of charging current are harmful to it. In this mode, the battery life will be short-lived, and its breakdown will lead to unstable operation of the device itself. But he should always be “on the alert”. Thus, the choice of such a security system imposes on the motorist additional functions of maintaining it in working order and constant checking.
To completely protect yourself, it is better to resort to the services of several and necessarily expensive systems. Equipping your car with anti-theft systems, it is easy to slide to different extremes. Someone thinks that the car can not be guarded during the day at all, and someone believes that equipping it with several means at once will make the probability of theft zero. In fact, it should be borne in mind that many anti-theft systems are based on the same principles. And there are not so many places in modern machines where such devices can be connected. So it turns out that there is simply no sense in installing duplicating devices. After all, this will in no way increase the overall protection of the entire complex. Speaking about the optimal option at the moment, it is necessary to include the following functional blocks in protection:
- burglar alarm that controls the perimeter and external influences;
- anti-theft system, in which locks are well hidden and protected from deception. It must contain reliable and decryption-resistant controls.
- the use of mechanical means of protection, acting in conjunction with electronic devices and complementing them;
- use of means for remote notification of violation or subsequent search. They should be chosen taking into account the most possible type of danger - robbery, vandalism, theft or robbery.
And it is no longer so important whether this complex will be built on the basis of all systems of the same manufacturer or different ones. It is necessary that all functional blocks work, without conflicting with each other. Their interaction should only enhance the protective properties of the entire system. And in this case, the cost of creating the complex will not be shocking at all, because the principle of reasonable sufficiency is observed.
To protect your car from being stolen, you need to park it in a parking lot or garage. Many people believe that the garage, with its contents hidden from strangers, is not only a house for a car from bad weather, but also a remedy for theft. Another alternative would be a guarded parking lot. The garage doesn't actually stop car thieves. Moreover, it can even facilitate an attacker. Indeed, in an enclosed space, a thief can calmly open a car and fight with protective equipment, without fear of being discovered by someone. And even a guarded parking lot cannot give a 100% guarantee against theft. Practice says that hijackers get around such an obstacle quite simply. And often the administration of the parking lot itself is not responsible for the theft.
There are some brands and models of cars that cannot be stolen in principle. Many car owners take pride in the fact that their car is not among the most stolen. If the car is not made in Japan (which is now popular with car thieves), this does not mean that it does not need an anti-theft system. It is likely that one day she will attract the attention of a thief, including her defenselessness. In their reports, the police often discover completely unexpected stolen models. There is a demand in the shadow market for absolutely all brands and models. Statistics say that there are no cars that can be hijacked at all. There are simply those who are more or less at risk of being hurt by a thief. Do not forget about the human factor - any modern protection can be bypassed or disabled if the owner himself is inattentive to observing safety rules.
If the car has a rusty body, then it will not be stolen. In fact, it would be a mistake to think that hijackers only pay attention to new cars in perfect condition. After all, the theft is not always carried out with the aim of the subsequent resale of the entire car. She is often kidnapped in order to be dismantled for parts. This happens if the market, for example, has a shortage of original spare parts. For example, the tragedy in Japan led to a sharp shortage of spare parts for their cars. The answer to this was an increase in the number of stolen, including old cars. The car thief no longer even looks at the appearance of the car, it is much more important for him that there are valuable parts inside. If they are in working order, they can be used for another machine.
The panacea against the hijackers will be to increase the term of punishment for their actions. Many people think that the punishment for hijackers should be toughened. But this initiative is not new; it has been discussed for more than a dozen years. Proposals to increase prison sentences for theft or theft of vehicles are constantly appearing from car owners. But the point is that the law does not have the ability to operate with conventions, half measures and alternatives. If you accept it, then as a result, many people will end up behind bars for a long time, including ordinary young hooligans. And since the work of law enforcement agencies is far from perfect, the real criminals will dwell in freedom.
There is a kind of super-device that gives one hundred percent guarantee against theft. Today, no modern anti-theft device can absolutely guarantee the protection of your car. In Russia, the hijackers are already so highly qualified that even the daily development and improvement of security systems leads to a slight advance of the criminals.
If someone wants to steal a car, then nothing will stop it. Although the previous myth seems to deprive hope of a perfect system, give up and rely solely on luck. Any car needs not only a standard, but also an additional anti-theft system. And do not nod at the cost, age, condition or size of the vehicle. Each of them requires an individual solution that will take into account the level of risk, operating conditions, storage, and many other factors.