Deter Car Stereo Thieves using this Simple Trick

Car stereos are one of the easiest and most rewarding upgrades you can make to your vehicle. However, in many cases this will also put a huge target on every side of your vehicle as well. If you have already made this upgrade, or are planning to in the future, this simple trick may just save you from losing out.

As with all prized possessions you want to keep safe, the trick is to make them as unfavorable as possible. Most of the time if something doesn't look valuable or worthwhile, potential thieves won't find the reward worth the risk.

By using the stock faceplate from you old stereo and placing it over the more expensive one, you are accomplishing the same thing. What makes this quick fix even better is that there is still plenty of room for customization. If the thought of Velcro holding it on seems too boring, you can opt for some small electric motors and have the old faceplate lift from in front of the new head unit.

Full instruction are available at Instructables.

Idea From : GizMag

Aug 6, 2008
by Anonymous

I did exactly that by

I did exactly that by accident in Boston. I had a used Corolla with nothing but an AM/FM radio, and had a tape deck added. Unfortunately the dealer needed to special-order a face plate to put over the hole where the radio had been. The hole was near the top of the center console, whereas the new tape deck was down low -- so at first sight, when you looked into my car, it appeared that my deck had already been stolen!

I never did get around to fixing it and figure it was a cheap, if slightly unsightly, anti-theft device.