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Golf carts occasionally find themselves the targets of theft. And for a good reason. Many people do not add proper security measures to prevent theft. For example, check out this news article about a stolen golf cart in Mount Pleasant. It all happened within a minute and without any struggle. Charleston police suggest, “those with golf carts should utilize a unique key and remove it after use. Keep your cart parked in a garage or fenced-in area when possible, and use a wheel lock.”
Not only are golf carts a valuable investment, but they’re also a fun and convenient way to get around on the golf course or in your neighborhood. However, as with any valuable possession, it’s important to keep your golf cart secure. In this blog post, we’ll share tips and tricks to help you protect your golf cart from theft and damage.
Install a Unique Key Switch
Many people believe that golf cart keys are like car keys in that many variations help add some level of security. Unfortunately, that isn’t true. Many golf carts have a generic key system, which could be a serious vulnerability. One inexpensive security measure involves purchasing and installing a unique key switch, ensuring that only you have the key that can start up your E-Z-Go, ClubCar, or Cushman cart.
Consider a Key Pad Lock
A little pricier, the keypad lock is even more secure than the unique key switch. It involves a numbered keypad similar to the numbers on your telephone, with a customized security code that unlocks the cart and allows it to be started. Until this code is entered, the golf cart will not start.
A Manual Disconnect Switch
A manual disconnect switch is a simple and effective way to secure your golf cart when it’s not in use. This device works by disconnecting the electrical connection that allows the golf cart to start up, making it impossible for someone to steal it without removing the switch.
Installing a manual disconnect switch is relatively easy and can be done by anyone with basic mechanical knowledge. The switch is typically located in an out-of-the-way place, such as under the seat or in the engine compartment, making it difficult for thieves to find and remove. Some models even have space for you to add a padlock to help you feel even safer.
Install a Golf Cart Security System
The most elaborate (and expensive) security method on our list, the security system comes with a key fob (think of the lock/unlock key fobs that most vehicles come with these days). Unless the key fob is in hand when the cart is started, it won’t start up — and those would-be thieves won’t be going anywhere.
Add a Wheel, Pedal, or Steering Wheel Lock
Using a device such as an EZ-Go wheel, pedal, or steering wheel lock can deter thieves because they make the hassle of stealing your cart much too high. The devices make golf cart operation impossible for anyone without the key to remove the pedal or steering wheel lock.
A GSP Device
GPS tracking devices are a great way to keep an eye on your golf cart’s location at all times. With a GPS tracking device, you’ll be able to quickly locate your golf cart and call the police to recover it. Many GPS tracking devices also include additional features, such as real-time monitoring and speed alerts, which can help you keep track of your golf cart’s whereabouts.
Keeping your golf cart secure is essential to protect your investment and ensure that you can continue to enjoy it for years to come. By installing any of the anti-theft devices above, you can deter thieves and prevent theft. Remember to store your golf cart in a garage and cover it when not in use. If you have any questions or need assistance installing these security features, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are always happy to help ensure your golf cart stays safe.