Tag: anti-theft

18 Posts

Feb 21, 2017

Starting Problem May Be Due to Bad Immobilizer

Dear Car Talk

Bill's son is set to buy grandma's Accord, but the car seems alarmed at the prospect. What's causing the Honda to balk at starting when it's warm?

anti-theft

Car with smashed window
Nov 30, 2016

To Lock or Not to Lock?

Tim Cotton

For some, that's actually a question! 

law enforcement

How to keep thieves from stealing your car
Nov 19, 2016

Don't Leave Your Keys: Five (Obvious) Ways to Deter Car Theft

Jim Motavalli

There's no excuse for leaving the keys in the car, but people do it all the time. Thefts involving this particular idiocy are up 31 percent in the last three years. Only Hawaii is key theft free.

anti-theft

Putting your keys in the freezer
Oct 14, 2015

Busting Thieves By Putting Your Key in the Freezer: Boooogus!

Staff Blog

We got an email from Marianne giving us the business for suggesting thieves can't read the code from your keyless entry remote and open your car door.

myths

What sets off a car alarm
Sep 24, 2015

Can Car Talk Help Cheryl Get Some Sleep?

Dear Car Talk

Cheryl suspects that one of her neighbors has a malfunctioning car alarm. Every night it beeps about six times and wakes her and her husband up. Can Car Talk solve the mystery of the midnight beeping?

anti-theft

May 05, 2015

How's This for Dumb? Leaving Your Keys in the Car.

Jim Motavalli

Car theft is down nationally, but it would be at '60s levels if we'd just stop with this one dope-slap-deserving move.

anti-theft

Mar 03, 2015

Gone in 60 Seconds: Using High-Tech DNA Coding to Stop Car Theft

Jim Motavalli

Will your next car be sprayed with DNA, to catch the bad guys? See how the next generation of security systems will work. 

anti-theft

Jan 22, 2014

Hackers Have a New Target: Your Car

Jim Motavalli

Cars today have data ports and event data recorders (black boxes), and they can and are being hacked in a variety of creative ways. Bad guys are rolling back odometers, stealing cars with electronic keys, erasing crash data and more. And wait, it all gets worse when every car has 4G access.

anti-theft

is the glove compartment a safe place for valuables
Aug 28, 2012

Today: Safe Place to Stash a Wallet?

Dear Car Talk

Sol's wondering about the best place to hide valuables in a car. Can Tom and Ray help him keep his stuff hidden away and out of the hands of petty theives?

anti-theft

can thieves capture the electronic information from your key fob
Oct 01, 2010

Thieves can capture your key fob's code. Urban legend-- or not?

Dear Car Talk

I got an e-mail this morning from our company's internal security department about locking your car with the remote key fob. The memo cites the story of a woman in a shopping center who noticed two guys in a car...

myths