Thread: Stopping Theft
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Old 11-29-2019, 11:32 AM   #8
WRXnick16
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I agree with the others. It would be a different story if you were driving a '97-01 Integra Type R.

If you're overly concerned:
  • Old school steering wheel lock or aftermarket quick release steering wheel
  • Wire in a hidden ignition kill switch
  • OBD2 diagnostic port lock
  • Get a fancy alarm system that you have to disable each time before physically moving the vehicle. Make sure it has plenty of hidden ear bleeding piezo sirens. These systems can send notifications to your phone as soon as it's triggered. Ideally, the system would be connected to a separate device (fob or phone app) so that your standard key fob can't disable the alarm (in case it's cloned). Anything is hackable these days, but this just adds a 2nd, yet inconvenient, layer of security.
  • Install a GPS tracker to track & quickly recover the vehicle. These can also send alerts.
As Mulder mentioned, having a manual transmission is a deterrent all on its own. There really isn't much valuable to steal from our cars unless you have the Recaro seats, aftermarket stereo, or wheels. If you had an STI, it may be a different story with the Brembos & STI drivetrain.

Can you tell that I've owned a lot of Hondas?

There are a lot of good alarm system threads over in the Honda forums due to their high theft rate. While the keyless entry aspect doesn't apply there, the overall design of the alarm system still does (2-way pager w/ 1 mile range, battery backup, ignition/starter/fuel pump kill switch, piezo sirens, shock sensor, tilt sensor, hood pin sensor, gps tracker, etc.). Most modern systems have encryption & "code hopping" to prevent cloning. But honestly, an alarm system sticker & steering wheel lock will probably prevent most thieves. It won't be worth their effort & risk.
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Last edited by WRXnick16; 11-29-2019 at 12:07 PM.
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