Auto Theft References and Glossary




Vehicle alarm
Vehicle alarms draw attention to would-be thieves with sirens, beeps and other loud noises. Some systems trigger flashing lights too.

Steering wheel locking device
Steering wheel locking devices are attached to the steering wheel of your vehicle and provide a great visual deterrent; most thieves prefer to target vehicles that are easy to steal.

Electronic immobilizer
An electronic immobilizer is a security device that automatically engages when the vehicle is turned off.  It interrupts the power supply to three vital circuits: the starter, the ignition and the fuel pump, and only when the correctly coded key is used are the circuits re-enabled.  All new cars, vans, light trucks and SUVs built in Canada must be equipped with anti-theft engine immobilizers as of September 1, 2007.