A recent post by much liked forum member Tai @TaiMc , and her choice to use a physical locking device on her rig to reduce the likelihood of its theft beyond the security mechanisms provided by FCA got me thinking that this subject matter might deserve its own thread, and that her actions may not seem as silly or paranoid as we may think (I just don't know.)
I have a Club (TM) device sitting unused in my garage. I'm not in a particularly high vehicle car theft area, (as if vehicle's aren't stolen from all zip codes) but I've been reading lately about how people are encapsulating their key fobs in radio frequency transmission blockage devices https://clark.com/cars/can-wrapping-your-key-fob-in-foil-stop-car-thieves-we-put-it-to-the-test/ be that tin foil or a Faraday bag https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faraday_cage (think the bag that came with your electronic toll pass device (e.g. EZ Pass (TM)) etc. to inactivate its signal when circumstances warrant.)
You'll note I "copied" Mark, @Blkjak maker of the much loved here leather key fob holder (disclaimer: I'm a happy client.) Maybe if this fear of thieves zeroing in on fob transmissions is legitimate, that some sort of Faraday key fob encapsulating device (with easy ability to open when transmitting via the fob) could be (or he'll want to offer such things) integrated into his product line.
Can anyone speak to the legitimacy of such theft mechanisms? I must admit to hearing more about the *possibility* that such theft is possible than it actually happening: which may only be my ignorance here.
Should we be backing up our rig's base security with such Club like devices, or at least making them part of the gear we travel with for installation when parking in higher none crime areas?
I will also reiterate my 2 cents from another post. If you choose to go this route, devices that merely attach around the steering wheel (and not the brake pedal) are IMHO not worth the money.
Both designs safety motivated: a steering wheel is designed to give to reduce injuries in an accident, and easily cut by a hacksaw. A brake pedal is made of metal not subject to easy bending/breaking/sheering. And a "chain" (the auto theft reduction device) "is only as strong as its weakest link" (the steering wheel or brake pedal.)