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Dad is getting a new RX350. Best security system?

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Dad is getting a new RX350. Best security system?

My 75 year old father is set on getting a new RX350. He'll be parking it in his garage but he often visits my house and my brother's house and stays for the weekend. He also spends a lot of time at the local rec center (pre covid).

What third party security systems are best considering the Lexus factory ones can get easily bypassed by theives who know what they're doing?

Is a simple steering wheel club helpful?

Thanks!
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the club is no match to a professional thief. It only take them 30 seconds and if he wants your SUV, he will take it.
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30 second eh? Yikes. I thought it would provide at least some of a deterrent.
booblehead wrote: the club is no match to a professional thief. It only take them 30 seconds and if he wants your SUV, he will take it.
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Interesting! I assume this would void the warranty if he got this installed? Maybe I should let the Lexus dealership install it :)
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hank755 wrote: Interesting! I assume this would void the warranty if he got this installed? Maybe I should let the Lexus dealership install it :)
I would assume dealership may stay away from custom alarms or kill switch install.

But @Booblehead's recommendation cost more but keep your warranty intact.
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+1 for kill switch. No it won't void your warranty if installed properly and it's less likely to be a problem compared to an immobilizer. Not as convenient as immobilizer though.
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Just have good insurance. He will be paying a premium to insure it anyway so they are taking the risk. Unless he keeps gold ingots in there, no need to do anything else IMO
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Or just keep it in the garage.
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My dad got his rx350 last year. He’s about 58. Came from a BMW X6 but liked his previous lexus. He went back and I told him about the thefts. We got him ghost immobilizer installed.
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The Club or similar is the best. For the simple reason that thieves targeting the Lexus vehicles (and others modern cars) are using the radio frequency amplifier technique.

Throwing a physical lock will complicate / delay the robbery enough that they should move on to the next target. Especially with so many surveillance cameras installed in homes. It's too risky to spent time dealing with different controls.

Also, think about protecting the air bag if you live in a high crime area. https://www.amazon.ca/Oklead-Universal- ... B07HRHQ7KK

Also:

** Do not leave keyless FOBs near the front door of your home overnight; rather leave the keys as far away from the front door as possible

*** Consider leaving keys in a container that will block the keyless FOBs signal, such as a Faraday bag / box
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Best security? Don't buy one LOL

As @motomondo mentioned, best thing to do is keep the fob far away and in a faraday box.
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RaphaelG041 wrote: Just have good insurance. He will be paying a premium to insure it anyway so they are taking the risk. Unless he keeps gold ingots in there, no need to do anything else IMO
You clearly have no idea how often these are stolen and how easy. It's not about insurance, it's a pain in the ass to have to go through the whole process of starting the claim, waiting for time to pass so insurance can officially deem the car missing, paying deductible and buying again which may leave one in a negative equity situation.
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engineered wrote: +1 for kill switch. No it won't void your warranty if installed properly and it's less likely to be a problem compared to an immobilizer. Not as convenient as I've though.
I know there are insurance companies in Montreal that do something like this and it doesn't void the warranty (the ones I've seen, add a "circuit interrupt" behind the dash and you have to place a magnet fob over the specific spot to start to start the car.)
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The stock Lexus alarm system should be fine if you take precautions on protecting the keyfob. You can get a metal box with tin foil or a small metal box (i.e. Faraday cage) that you can take with you to put the keyfob in. This prevents people from trying to get a signal from the keyfob and start the Lexus. I am not sure if this works, but here are some examples: https://www.amazon.ca/Faraday-Protector ... B0894BVQSM AND https://www.amazon.ca/SHISHUO-Car-Key-S ... B07CZDCJSS

Other items like this can be found here: https://www.amazon.ca/s?k=faraday+box

You might want to ask your Dad to get a few quotes from various insurance companies and they can give you an estimate on how much the insurance is. If the rate is high, and they tell you that it is stolen often, you can ask them what alarm system/theft deterrent systems they recommend as they will know what works and what does not.

Think of it this way: You will be PAYING for the insurance, so if it is stolen, you get another vehicle. If you put all sorts of things to deter thieves, they might just ransack the vehicle, damage it and insurance may cover the repair costs. The vehicle won't look the same and you will be driving a new vehicle that may look butchered.

With any appealing expensive vehicle, you just need to do what is reasonably possible to prevent it from getting stolen.
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Looks like latest model you can track through their mobile app.. recently my neighbors old RX350 stolen from covered parking . It took 3 weeks for police to found car in Missisuagua .. meanwhile his insurance company gave him latest model of Same car .. told him that if he loose again then it will impact his insurance..now he is parking his car in garage all time .(day n night )
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If you file enough claims for your stolen vehicles, insurance company will surely jack up your premiums to the moon and/or dropping you totally on renewals. Of course, you will still get to drive a brand new one every time after it is stolen. hehe.

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