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For the routine thief, super kill switch: https://www.ravelco.com/

All the gadgets in the world won't prevent your car from being winched up onto a flatbed tow truck. At that point, your best bet is GPS tracking and motion activated notifications.
Hi Hippo first time I saw you here. :) What if we just leave our cell phones in the vehicle?
 

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Years ago a trucking company I used to work for, purchased a new to them truck, it had a toggle switch to kill ECM (engine computer), it would crank over but would not start. They took it out but it's an idea
 

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Hi Hippo first time I saw you here. :) What if we just leave our cell phones in the vehicle?
Well, hopefully that's not your only phone, you have a way of tracking it remotely, it's well hidden, and it's tied into a charging system so it always has a full battery.
If it's a smartphone, the GPS will provide the most accurate location but also use the most power. Cellular triangulation will get you to the general area, but a GPS fix can get you within 10ft. That could be the difference between finding it hidden in a building within hours, or finding it next week stripped and burned out in the bad part of town.
There are certain apps you can use to text a phone to remotely activate the GPS.

If that is legitimate concern for you, I would opt for a dedicated device though. I'm not personally concerned about flat-bed theft so I haven't put any effort into researching such devices.
 

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Years ago a trucking company I used to work for, purchased a new to them truck, it had a toggle switch to kill ECM (engine computer), it would crank over but would not start. They took it out but it's an idea
My father had a car set up like that. It was a 3 position switch and had a pattern that you had to toggle the switch in as well. If I remember right it was an Eagle Talon.
 

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There is a simple device that helps prevent theft, The Club. Police departments still hand them out in some areas. They are anywhere from a little more than $20 and upward. There are variations on them. I had one for a period of time, but gave it to someone who was divorcing her husband whom she was concerned about him taking her van. Quite a story there.
 

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My truck came with GPS tracking. The dealer offered a $5000 theft policy for $299. If my truck wasn't recovered in 30 days they gave me $5000. With GPS tracking there is almost no way it wouldn't be found in 30 days unless it was loaded into a cargo container and shipped overseas which is a fairly common thing.
I said no deal.
 

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As an FYI, clubs are useless to any car thief that knows what they are doing. a hacksaw or battery sawzall or grinder nad they cut thru the steering wheel in about 20 seconds and slip it off. Clubs are one of those feel good things; like when a store or mall puts up gun free zone signs so people think it is suddenly and magically a safe space.

Oh and those special keyed lugnuts with the weird groove that needs the special adapter or socket to get off, best they are is a pain to you or the garage when working on your wheels. A thief will go buy cheap oversized sockets that they hammer over the lugnut in question and then wrench it off.
 

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