Car Theft is a problem throughout the world. Here’s some of the best anti-theft devices ever conceived:
1. TRUNK MONKEY
Nothing is more useful than a trunk monkey. As per Wikipedia, “The Trunk Monkey is portrayed as an efficient theft deterrent, as seen in one commercial where the chimpanzee knocks out a would-be car thief and throws him off a bridge.”
Originally created in 2003 for Suburban Auto Group in Oregon, the trunk monkey series of videos became viral and grew from a single video to a series.
2. MANUAL TRANSMISSION
In 2014, Edmunds.com estimated that the percentage of manual transmission vehicles sold was around 6%. As a manual transmission car owner, this means that the vast majority of the population does not know how to drive stick. Which also means that the most car thieves probably don’t know how to drive stick. Jalnopik has published repeatedly wannabe thieves were thwarted here, here, and here by their inability to drive manual.
3. PARKING NEXT TO A NICE CAR
I used to work in downtown, and parked in very sketchy parkades. There was often broken glass on the ground. My solution? I found the nicest car in the parkade and would always park beside that one. Nice cars attract attention and look far more tempting to steal.
4. OWNING AN UGLY CAR
Buying a car is an emotional decision for 99% of the population. The same thing is true for car thieves! If your car is less than desirable in the eyes of the general public, it probably won’t be desirable for a thief. The only problem is that you’ll need to live with the car the rest of the time too.
5. THE BLASTER
Johannesburg, South Africa has highest carjacking rate in the world. It’s no surprise that the same country developed a car mounted flame thrower system. Powered by trunk mounted propane tanks, the system was capable of shooting 5 meter high flames towards attackers. The company had financial difficulty and stopped selling the devices after 3 years in 2001. Nevertheless, a few hundred were sold and there are still some on the road today.
So there you have it. Theft-prevention at it’s finest. I recommend trying all of these at some point, although I think the first one is the hardest as it’s going to be really hard to train a monkey like that!
If you have any other ideas, feel free to leave suggestions in the comments below.