The Layered Approach

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When it comes to auto theft, the best offense is a good defense. In terms of prevention, Équité Association recommends using a layered approach, which consists of four categories: simple steps, anti-theft devices, vehicle immobilizers and tracking devices.

“The techniques the criminals are employing are constantly evolving and becoming more sophisticated,” said Bryan Gast, VP of Investigative Services at Équité Association. “Adopting a layered approach is the best way for Canadians protect themselves, their families and their vehicles. Remember, when it comes to vehicle theft, the best offense is a good defense.”  

Each layer provides protection and, in combination, greatly diminishes the likelihood of vehicle theft:

Layer 1: Simple steps

  • Keep your car doors locked at all times
  • Never leave your keys in the ignition or start your vehicle remotely - even on cold days!
  • Ensure your windows are closed completely when leaving your car
  • Park your vehicle in a well-lit area
  • Park your vehicle in a secure garage if possible

Layer 2: Install visible or audible anti-theft devices

  • Audible alarms
  • Steering column collars
  • Steering wheel/brake pedal lock
  • On board diagnostic (OBD) port lock
  • Brake and/or wheel locks
  • Theft deterrent decals
  • Identification markers in or on the vehicle
  • Window etchings
  • If possible, turn off key FOB or place inside an RFID-blocking pouch (e.g. Faraday bag) when not
  • in use, even at home.

Layer 3: Install a vehicle immobilizer

  • Install a quality aftermarket immobilizer device with an ignition disabler that protects against relay attacks, reprogramming attacks and CAN bus attacks.

Layer 4: Invest in a tracking system

  • Tracking services install multiple and difficult to locate tracking devices throughout a vehicle. In the event of a theft, these devices can help track a vehicle