I often share with you on my blog about how you can help us. I do so because I know that when we work together to improve our community, it becomes that much safer and that much more of a great place to live and raise a family.

In this week’s blog entry, I want to share another way you can help us and – most importantly – how you can protect your car from thieves.

Easy things, such as locking your car and never leaving your keys inside it, are the best way to make sure your car stays right where you leave it.

But anti-theft systems and devices are items you can purchase in an effort to make your car more difficult to steal, or easier to trace and recover. Here’s how some of them work:

Audible and Visible Devices deter theft by bringing attention to an unauthorized attempt to steal or enter your vehicle, such as a horn alarm. Visible devices create a visual threat/warning/deterrence, such as the use of steering-wheel locks—as well as theft-deterrent decals, flashing lights and window etching.

Immobilizing-Type Devices prevent thieves from bypassing your vehicle’s ignition system and hot‑wiring the vehicle. Some incorporate computer chips in ignition keys or disable the flow of electricity or fuel to the engine.

Vehicle Recovery Systems use electronic transmission technology that helps law enforcement reveal the location of stolen vehicles—and possibly catch thieves in action.