The changing face of Car security

August 10, 2020 5:30 pm


When cars were first built at the turn of the century the question of security was not fully addressed. To start with cars rarely even had a roof. The “horseless carriage” was a rare sight on roads and in some cases it was preceded by a man waving a red flag to warn you it was coming. One other factor was that if the car was stolen it wasn’t too hard to spot as in many cases it was the only one in the local area and was probably owned by the local lord or Doctor. In addition, starting a car involved turning a crank handle at the front then quickly running round to hit the gas pedal. In fairness it was a better, and a much quicker, option to steal a horse instead.

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As cars began to become more numerous following the introduction of the Model T Ford, car theft began to rise. The first line of defence was the introduction of the door lock. This simple key and lock system has been the mainstay of stopping someone entering the car for decades. When the introduction of the key and ignition system was created this further increased security. Although it was still relatively easy for a professional thief to get in and “hotwire” the car and drive it away.

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In our modern age we have brilliant Ghost Immobiliser systems like those from These will stop the car and shut all it’s systems down so that it cannot go anywhere. Combine this with alarms and the physical systems of steering locks and wheel locks the life of the car thief should get very hard indeed.