• What is an Anti-Carjack System?

    Anyone who drives a car in an urban setting may want to include an anti carjack system as part of an overall car anti-theft system. For several years now there has been a phenomenon that has plagued our cities known as carjacking. This is when a thief actually takes a vehicle with the owner present. Often, the thief may threaten, hurt or in the unlikely event, kill the owner of the vehicle they have targeted. Authorities suggest that you don’t confront a thief under these circumstances, but rather just let him take the vehicle. An anti-carjack device or feature assures that the thief will abandon your car undamaged and possibly get caught. 


    Just about every major manufacturer of auto theft products offer an anti-carjack device as a stand alone or as part of an overall security system. If you find yourself being confronted by a thief who wishes to take your car, and the car is protected by an anti-carjack device, you can strike a switch as you leave the vehicle. This action activates a timer on the anti-carjack system. Some systems can also arm automatically, so you don’t have to do anything but give the car up. You simply arm it by pushing a button on a remote control transmitter. The timer holds the system from acting as the thief gets into the car and drives off.


    After the timer runs out, the system goes into action. An LED indicator commonly mounted on the dash will flash and an audible chirp will sound. Moments later the siren or car’s horn will begin to sound and the parking lights will flash. It is hoped that this commotion will encourage the thief to drive the car to the side of the road and leave. If, instead, he stops the car and then turns the ignition system off and then on again he won’t be able to start the car. Meanwhile, the siren or car’s horn will continue to blast, the parking lights will continue to flash and this should gain attention forcing the thief to flee. The commotion will continue until you strike a hidden default switch. 


    If you want to really punish the thief, you can ask the installer to add a pain generator, a little siren that offers a louder, higher pitch noise than the common siren. This is expected to force the thief from the car. You can also ask the installer to cut the engine off after the siren and parking lights begin their work. However, this action can be very dangerous unless the system can be set up to cut off the engine when the vehicle is stopped in traffic or slowing down. If the car is traveling at higher speeds like 50 miles per hour or faster, then when the engine stops, an accident will probably occur damaging your car. Moreover, it could cause irreparable damage to your engine. Although it can be done, it is not recommended.