Steering-wheel lock

Definition and Function of Steering-Wheel Locks
– Visible anti-theft device for cars
– Immobilizes the steering wheel
– Also known as crook lock or club lock
– First generation locks connected steering wheel to brake or clutch pedal
– Later models extend over the dashboard to prevent turning

History of Steering-Wheel Locks
– Used since early 1920s
– Initially designed for open touring cars and roadsters
– Patents filed in 1916
– Published in Official Gazette of the United States Patent Office
– Reduced crime rates when introduced in the 1970s

Limitations and Vulnerabilities of Steering-Wheel Locks
– Can be defeated by cutting the lock or steering wheel
– Not to be confused with steering column locks
– Steering column locks immobilize the column when the key is removed
– Standard feature in modern cars
– Steering column locks contributed to reduced crime rates

Related Products and References
The Club (automotive) – another type of anti-theft device
– Seelhorst, Mary: Think Its New? Think Again! March 2002. – reference
– Phillips, Bill (1993). Home Mechanix Guide to Security: Protecting Your Home, Car, & Family – reference
– New York, p. 100. 2 Abr 1979,Vol. 12,N.º 14 ISSN 0028-7369. New York Media – reference
– Heloise Around the House: 2,647 Household Problems Solved from Basement to Attic, p. 27. Rodale – reference

Additional References and Sources
– Raven, Greg & Chad Erickson (2011). Water-Cooled VW Performance Handbook: 3rd Edition – reference
– United States Patent Office (1917). Official Gazette of the United States Patent Office – reference
– Mayhew, P.; Clarke, R. V. G.; Sturman, A.; Hough, J. M. (1976). Crime As Opportunity (PDF) (Report) – reference
– Retrieved from – source link
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