Theft Detection

Theft Detection

Your car is a valuable and expensive asset. Even with full insurance a car theft can be a cumbersome and expensive affair.

But how can you help prevent theft of your car and possibly avoid an increased insurance premium? The best way to secure your vehicle is by adding a Car Security System. But these systems are often very expensive and comes with a monthly subscription plan.


With the AutoPi IoT platform you can easily build your own security system, with remote notifications, in-vehicle notifications and real-time tracking. We will now go over how your car can do that.


Since the AutoPi is always online, it is possible to use it for the theft detection. The AutoPi can monitor movement and start of your car.

You can set up the AutoPi to give notifications to you every time your car is started and even monitor its position online in real-time, thus being able to guide authorities to the exact location of your vehicle. You can set up your AutoPi to sound audible alarms inside your car, to warn off intruders.

A notification notifying the driver if theft detection happens to the car

How to do it?

You can set up AutoPi to notify you every time the car has started and/or when it starts moving. It can also be used as a parental control to be aware of your kids using your vehicle. You can do it all within the AutoPi cloud management platform. 

The AutoPi can monitor irregular movement and start of your car. You can setup the AutoPi to give you notifications every time your car is started and even monitor its position online in real-time, thus being able to guide authorities to the exact location of your vehicle if stolen.

You can setup your AutoPi to sound audible alarms inside your car, to warn off intruders. All of this is done directly from your online dashboard, with triggers.

How can AutoPi be used for theft detection?

A trigger is a built in functionality of the AutoPi IoT platform. Think of it as a “if-this-then-that” system, where you can trigger and react on everything. So what you do is simply go into the trigger setup and configure all your security precautions. This could be:

  • On ignition on, send a text message to this number “+45 my number”

Or do it conditional to add a check for known presence:

  • On ignition on and bluetooth device “my phone” not connected, send a text to this number “+45 my number”

And if you want to add in-vehicle warnings through the built in speaker:

  • On ignition on and bluetooth device “my phone” not connected, read this text “Unauthorized vehicle access. The authorities has been alerted”

And you can do all sorts of variations of these triggers to set them up just as you like.

In the event of a theft, you can do real-time tracking from your dashboard. A detailed overview of the technical setup is seen here below. The AutoPi dongle has connection to the vehicle OBD2 port and to any peripherals connected.

From the built in Speaker, it is possible to speak notifications within the vehicle and warn off intruders. All vehicle rules are setup on in the AutoPi cloud dashboard and downloaded to the dongle using the 4G connection. The cloud dashboard is also able to send notifications to your phone.

AutoPi dashboard showing triggers that can easily set up theft detection

In case you want to know more or are struggling with installation, please contact sales@autopi.io

Benefits of theft detection 

There are lots of benefits when it comes to theft detection optimization. The main benefit is that you are one step ahead of a thief. With a feature of notifying you when the vehicle starts and moves, you are aware of the current situation and can act straight away.

You also have an opportunity to monitor the vehicle in real-time, which can help you to guide the authorities and find your vehicle and a thief much faster.

In addition, AutoPi can notify the intruder with audible sound alarms within your vehicle and it might even persuade the intruder to leave the vehicle alone. 

An illustration how AutoPi helps with theft detection of the car

A supporting benefit of theft detection is that it can be used as a parental control service. The same way as before, it can warn you when the vehicle starts and moves, therefore, you are aware of your child using your vehicle and even monitoring when he/she is located.

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