Help! My Ignition Interlock Was Stolen. What Now?
Every once in a while an ignition interlock goes missing after a car prowl. A recent case was in Redmond, Washington, where a man returned from the gym to find his car window smashed and his interlock device stolen. This can be pretty distressing – while not as bad as a stolen car, it can leave you just as immobile, albeit temporarily. That’s why LifeSafer has put in place a quick system to get drivers back on the road as fast as possible after an interlock theft.
Why Steal an Interlock?
Why anyone would want to steal an ignition interlock is anyone’s guess. No one buys them on the black market to install in their own vehicles. Moreover, they need to be installed by a professional interlock provider, so do-it-yourselfers are out of luck.
Probably thieves just clean out anything from a car that isn’t nailed down. They see an electronic device and pick it up, figuring they can sell it somewhere. They are almost always disappointed.
Still, that leaves the interlock user without a ride, which is most definitely inconvenient. So here’s what to do if you go to your vehicle and find your LifeSafer ignition interlock stolen:
- Report the theft. Call the police and make a report of the theft, being sure to get the report number.
- Call LifeSafer at 800-634-3077. Let LifeSafer know your police report number. You’ll get a call back with instructions on what to do. Unless you’re in a state with mobile service, the vehicle will be towed to an installation center and the device replaced.
- Get back on the road. Once the device is back in, you’re good to go.
Remember, LifeSafer is there to keep you behind the wheel. Don’t hesitate to call if you have a question or a problem that needs attention.
And happy driving.