Vehicle security systems have been around nearly as long as cars themselves. Believe it or not, a pair of inventors from Oregon patented the world's first car alarm device clear back in 1918. The technology has come a long way over the last 99 years, and the price has also come down so dramatically that nowadays anyone can afford a security system for his or her car. Interestingly enough, however, most people still don't realize all the different ways security systems actually benefit their owners.
Regardless of whether or not your car already has an alarm system, you still want to cover your security basics. That means always locking your vehicle, even at home, and always taking your keys with you instead of leaving them in the car. Park in well-lit locations after dark, make sure your windows and sunroofs are all shut tight, and never leave packages or other valuables where they can be seen through the windows.
Unfortunately, however, even if you take all of these precautions, someone may still target your car, and that's why a professionally installed security system is so important. It's a proven fact that car thieves and break-in experts both know to look for car alarm systems, and these systems act as a powerful deterrent. That means your car and its contents are verifiably safer, which can give you peace of mind on top of the more tangible security benefits.
Your car is a significant investment, so protecting it should be a top concern. On top of that, we understand that vehicles and their contents are much more than just valuable items. For most of us our car is an intrinsic part of our daily lifestyle, and in many cases is directly tied to our livelihoods. That's why keeping your car safe and sound is so crucial—you need it to commute to work or school, to go shopping, and for a hundred other little errands you might take for granted. Having your car stolen is a traumatizing experience, but even just a break-in it can permanently affect your peace of mind. Besides, what if a thief takes something of sentimental value from your car? All it takes is one criminal opportunity to lose something irreplaceable, so nip that possibility in the bud.
Another benefit of vehicle security systems is that in many cases, having one professionally installed will give you a discounted rate on your car insurance policy. That's because the major insurance companies know that vehicles with new alarm systems are less likely to be targeted. This is especially true of the higher end security systems that include immobilizers and vehicle trackers, which make them far harder to steal and much easier to retrieve.
With all that in mind, it's no wonder security systems are considered a crucial addition to any automobile. For more information on specific options, feel free to browse the Stereo West Autotoys security systems page, or do one better and come visit us in person in Elkhorn, NE or Omaha, NE. We're a national leader in all things automobile, but our top priority is always working with our local community. Come let the experts protect your car!