Tag: anti-theft

20 Posts

Car's Computer Thinks Mom's a Thief
Mar 19, 2019

Car's Computer Thinks Mom's a Thief

Dear Car Talk

How can Mom reintroduce herself to her car?

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Whoopee cushion
Mar 12, 2019

Anti-Theft Idea We Wish We Had Thought of First

Staff Blog

Toyota's latest anti-theft idea: A digital whoopee cushion!

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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?

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Car with smashed window
Nov 30, 2016

To Lock or Not to Lock?

Tim Cotton

For some, that's actually a question! 

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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.


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.

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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?

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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.


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. 


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.

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