antitheft device


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antitheft device

[‚an·tē′theft di‚vīs]
(mechanical engineering)
A piece of equipment installed on an automotive vehicle in order to prevent or slow down theft; designs include mechanical locks on the steering wheel and ignition switch as well as other means of shutting off the ignition system, shutting off fuel flow, or sounding an alarm.
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Since antitheft devices are usually placed where they attract little attention, the ministry is warning users to be careful when they enter public facilities and commercial buildings.
Applying this to the automobile theft trade, he stated that the more sophisticated antitheft devices become, the more cunning thieves must be to overcome them.
Virtually all libraries use magnetic antitheft devices in their general collections, which are pieces of metal glued or hidden inside a book set to trigger readers located at building exit points.
He also advised that drivers fit a good alarm and warning stickers, and antitheft devices including steering locks, as opportunist thieves will try to find an easier target.
They are using antitheft devices as well as other technology to make it harder for boosters to hide the origin of stolen goods.
The company, which was established in the mid-1990s, has continued to be the leader in providing antitheft devices as a standard to protect data.
based in Wilkes-Barre, PA, has developed antitheft devices intended to prevent many of today's major shoplifting tactics, which the company estimates costs all types of retailers some $23 billion annually.
Concealed like many extant antitheft devices, they will do nothing unless touched by a "reader signal," which makes the RFID "reply" with its own unique signal--an electronic dialogue invisible to the person wearing it.
He said the increase in antitheft devices, such as steering-wheel immobilizers, in luxury models has lowered payouts, he said.
In recent years many retailers and vendors have sought to combat shrinkage through source tagging, or the use of antitheft devices on packaging that trigger alarms at or near store exits when the tags have not been deactivated at the checkout.
The security requirements of retail stores have spurred the use of antitheft devices incorporating magnetic alloy strip.
Second, some models with factory-installed antitheft devices remain exempt from the label requirement.