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12/13/2010 - Anti-Auto Theft Device Offered at Discount at CVPD

Vehicle theft prevention tools can make for a crime free holiday season.

With only a few shopping days left in the holdiay season indecision and near panic sometimes arises when trying to decide on the right gift for that hard to shop for family member or friend. San Diego Law enforcement professionals offer up a few gift giving ideas. These gifts will not only show the recipient that you care about them but they’re also the types of gifts that will keep on giving throughout the year.

For that security conscience shopper on a tight budget, perhaps the best deal of the holiday season comes by way of the Chula Vista Police Foundation. The nonprofit organization recently purchased a number of steering wheel locking devices know as the “CLUB.” This bright yellow, (normally red) law enforcement model of the highly popular CLUB serves as a visible deterrent to would-be car thieves. In an effort to help reduce auto theft in the San Diego region, the Chula Vista Police Foundation has made the locks available at a very affordable $15 each, (well below regular retail pricing). They are available for purchase Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM through December 30th at the Chula Vista Police Department.

The steering wheel lock makes for a great stocking stuffer and will give the recipient the peace of mind that comes from knowing they are less likely to become the victim of vehicle theft.

For added protection, many retailers offer additional vehicle protection systems to help protect your car from theft. A cutoff or “kill” switch designed to disable the vehicle’s ignition or fuel system can be just the right gift for that individual who has everything except for a way of deterring a car thief. Both fuel and ignition cutoff devices can be installed with some degree of difficulty by a “knowledgeable” mechanically inclined individual. However, a professional installer can do the job for less than $75.

Since electronics are usually at the top of most people’s list, how about giving that special someone a vehicle security system? You can purchase a car alarm systems for as low as $150 installed. Many of the newer alarm systems even include a feature that will automatically notify you if someone attempts to steal your car.

For the person whose interests are always “way out there” how about a GPS based vehicle tracking system? These systems allow law enforcement the ability to locate and track your stolen vehicle and helps in the recovery of your car before it is stripped or further damaged.

Remember- Thieves do not just steal cars, they also break-in cars and take personal items. You can avoid receiving a visit from the “car break-in Grinch” by not leaving your GPS system, iPod, cell phone, laptop, purse or ANY items of value in view inside your car.

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