Concealment Helps Protect Radar Detectors From Thieves
Just like a child that’s fascinated by bright, shiny objects, thieves seem to be uncontrollably attracted to automobiles that have flashy electronic devices.
This is great news for those who have little or no pieces of electronic equipment in their cars. Unfortunately, it’s bad news for those who drive around with a portable electronics shop under their dashboard.
From radios and CD players to radar detectors, if it’s a good piece of electronic equipment, it’s on a thief’s shopping list. Those who have radar detectors can be at a particular disadvantage, too, since the antennas often serve as advertisements for what’s inside the automobile. There’s no guess work for the thief.
Inasmuch, it’s a good idea for those with detectors to do what they can to protect their autos and their equipment from those looking for a quick, five-finger discount. While there’s no sure-fire way to avoid an auto burglar, there are ways for motorists to increase the odds in their favor.
The first thing a motorist can do is to exercise good judgment when choosing electronic equipment, including radar detectors, for their vehicles. Don’t pick items that mount in clear view of those walking by a car. Look for electronics that mount under the dash or in it. Flashy and big might look “neat,” but if it grabs your eye, it’s more likely to catch a thief’s too.
The antennas for complicated pieces of electronics are the hardest to conceal without hampering performance. If auto burglaries are a problem in your area, it might be a good idea to consider those models that can rely on hidden antenna. They’re out there and if theft is a real concern, they might be worth the extra money.
For those who can’t afford or simply don’t want a hidden antenna system, the best bet to protect an auto’s equipment while your away is a good security system, too. Or go for systems that require the most inconspicuous antenna possible.
Never make an attempt to conceal an antenna that’s not intended for concealment and don’t alter the installation plans for your radar detector’s model. If this is done, reliability can be compromised, which is something you don’t want to do if avoiding a ticket is the purpose of the purchase.
Whether you buy a concealed system or not, using good common sense when parking and leaving your auto for extended periods of time is a good idea. Park in populated areas, consider security systems and don’t leave other thief attractors out in plain sight. This means keep the CDs locked in the glove box, don’t leave money out and do, by all means, stow packages in a locked trunk.
There’s no guarantee to totally avoid a car thief looking to score a radar detector, but you can maximize your odds if some common sense is applied.