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You want to protect your car from potential burglary, but don't have a lot of money to get one of the expensive security devices on the market. Here are some options.

• Find out what your needs are. Generally, car security systems are used only as crime deterrents. If someone wants to break into your car badly enough, he or she always will be able to do so. Your main goal should be to deter those criminals as well as you can.
• How much can you afford to pay. Figure out how much you want to pay on a security system. The more you pay, the more elaborate the security system you can buy.
• Consider something as simple as the Club. Car steering wheel security bars can be quite effective. They can keep burglars from turning the steering wheel on your car.
• Get a key-lock device. There are devices on the market that can keep your car from being started unless the person has a key. Many professional car thieves know how to start a car without having a key. But if you install a key-lock security device, you can keep the thieves from working their magic.
• Lock your doors. If you keep your doors locked at all times, that often keeps many would-be criminals away.
• Keep your valuables out of sight. If you must leave your purse or cellular telephone in your car, put it under a seat or in the glove box or trunk. If a criminal can't see your valuables, he or she are less likely to break into your car to take them.
• The cheapest car security devices include car alarms that go off if the door is open once the alarm is activated. These alarms run as little as $100. These alarms won't alert any public safety officials about the break-in; they'll simply use a loud alarm to draw attention to your car and hopefully scare the criminal away.
• The most expensive car security device can track your car's exact position at all times. It runs as much as several thousands of dollars, plus monthly fees. This kind of alarm uses satellite technology, including a global positioning unit, that alerts public safety officials, not only when your car is stolen, but exactly where your car is at all times, if needed.