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How To Protect Your Car From Burglaries In Houston

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Car burglaries in Houston are nothing new, unfortunately, and in recent times we’ve seen an upswing in automotive break-ins. The good news is that as tech evolves, our options for defense against car burglaries grow and improve.

In addition to the usual tips for avoiding car burglaries like keeping valuables out of sight, parking in populated areas, and always remembering to lock your doors, here are some other tools you can use to safely catch criminals and prevent being the victim of an automobile break-in.

1. Simulated Dummy Alarm

Solar Power Simulated Dummy Alarm

Solar Power Simulated Dummy Alarm

$11.99


Thieves never want to draw attention to themselves and this two-piece simulated dummy alarm mimics flashing LED lights used in high-end alarm systems. The red and blue colors are associated with law enforcement, which could be enough of a deterrent for a car burglar to move on rather than try their luck. These are an easy-to-use option with no wires or installation required; simply attach the solar-power alarm lights with the included adhesive and they’ll blink all through the night. 

2. Wireless Glass Break Alarms

Wireless Glass Break Security System DIY Kit

Wireless Glass Break Security System DIY Kit

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$16.99


Wireless glass break alarms are another compact, highly affordable option for deterring car burglars. These are affixed to your car in two parallel pieces with the included adhesive strips. Turn the alarm on with the easy on/off switch whenever you exit your car and want extra protection. While the alarm is turned on, it will set off a 200 decibel alarm anytime the door opens or if there is a glass breakage that separates the two units. If you’re opening the door yourself, you’ll have a moment to return the switch to the “off” position before it begins to sound as there is a small delay. Note that this alarm runs on AAA batteries which are not included.

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3. CARLOCK Real Time 4G Car Tracker & Alarm

CARLOCK 4G Car Tracker & Car Alarm

CARLOCK 4G Car Tracker & Car Alarm

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$49.95


For the next level of car theft security, consider CARLOCK, a smart device that links to an app on your phone. Once installed, you’ll receive notifications anytime your engine starts and/or your car moves, if any unusual vibration is detected, and you’ll also be notified if the device itself has become disconnected which could be a sign of someone tampering with your vehicle. CARLOCK comes with other valuable features, like detailed trip tracking, in case you’re the unlucky victim of complete auto theft, and it also monitors your vehicle’s health which is a nice perk baked into the service. Note that in addition to purchasing the device, there is a small monthly fee of $9.60 for using the connected app after the first month which is free.

4. Mengshen Wireless Anti-Theft Burglar Security Alarm

Wireless Anti-Theft Burglar Security Alarm

Wireless Anti-Theft Burglar Security Alarm

$16.99


This anti-theft security system is another low-maintenance way to protect your vehicle from criminal activity. Installation and activation work similarly to the wireless glass break alarms, but this system is equipped with a remote control. It’s also good for families and shared vehicles, because they offer additional remote controls that can be linked to the same alarm. The 113db alarm siren is sure to scare off thieves who thought your vehicle would be a prime target. This system runs on AAA batteries and comes with one set already provided.

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5. Viper 2-Way Car Security System

Viper 2-Way Car Security System

Viper 2-Way Car Security System

amazon.com

$247.99


This remote start and security system is perfect for anyone looking for serious protection from car burglaries, as well as some luxury features that are simply nice to have. It comes with a rechargeable, remote key fob that customers say holds its charge for months. This security system keeps detailed tabs on your vehicle, alerting you anytime anything has happened to your car, from telling you when a door has opened to when the shock sensor has picked up on unusual activity. 

The Viper alarm system has more advanced technology than other less expensive options and it also comes with additional functionality, allowing you to start your car from a distance which is a nice benefit to utilize during extreme weather. As you’d expect from a more advanced security system, the Viper needs to be professionally installed – unless you’re the type to tinker with your own dash – but the good news is you won’t be switching out any dead batteries.

6. Garmin Dash Cam Mini 2

Garmin Dash Cam Mini 2

Garmin Dash Cam Mini 2

amazon.com

$126.99


You might think installing a piece of visible electronic equipment to be attractive to thieves, but they’d rather not be caught on camera. Dash cams, like the Garmin Dash Cam Mini 2, record in and around your vehicle and automatically upload saved videos to an online vault via WiFi, so even if thieves destroy the device, the footage could still be around. Just catching a glimpse of a dash cam can deter burglars from targeting your vehicle and should anyone make the mistake of vandalizing or stealing from your automobile, you’ll have all the footage you need for law enforcement to locate the guilty parties.  

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Pamela Mahler is an E-Commerce Writer for Local Commerce at Hearst Newspapers. Email her at [email protected]

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