Car Security Features

Tesla cars are developed with the highest standards of safety in every respect, ranging from their design and physical structure, to their security.

Your Tesla has several enhanced security features that can be easily activated. To enable any of these features, go to ‘Controls’ > ‘Safety & Security’ on your car’s touchscreen.


Security Alarm

Your alarm will sound and external lights will flash if a locked trunk or door is opened without a valid entry key.

You can enable the Security Alarm on your touchscreen through ‘Controls’ > ‘Safety & Security’ > ‘Security Alarm’. Your car will enable the alarm one minute after you exit, the doors lock and a recognized key is no longer detected in or near the car.

Your alarm can be stopped by pressing any button on your key fob. The Model 3 alarm can be stopped by pressing any button on the Tesla app, or by tapping your Key Card against the card reader. This is located below the Autopilot camera on the driver’s side door pillar.

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PIN to Drive

PIN to Drive allows you to set a secure four-digit verification that must be entered before your car is driven.

The feature can be activated on your touchscreen through ‘Controls’ > ‘Safety & Security’ > ‘PIN to Drive.’ You will be prompted to create your four-digit verification.

If you forget your PIN or want to disable PIN to Drive, go back to the setting on your touchscreen. Tap the link to enter your Tesla login credentials and follow the on-screen prompts.

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Sentry Mode

Sentry Mode is a feature that allows you to monitor suspicious activities around your Tesla when it’s parked and locked in specified locations. When suspicious motion is detected, your car will react depending on the severity of the threat.

If a significant threat is detected, the cameras on your car will begin recording, and the alarm system will activate. You will receive an alert from your Tesla app notifying you that an incident has occurred.

To enable Sentry Mode, go to ‘Controls’ > ‘Safety & Security’ > ‘Sentry Mode’. Sentry Mode can also be enabled via Voice Command or the Tesla app. Unless at a Supercharger, Sentry Mode will remain active until the vehicle is at or below 20% battery. Your Tesla app will notify you if Sentry Mode is disabled due to low battery.

Sentry Mode is designed to add another layer of protection to your car, but it will not prevent against all possible threats.

Note: Dog Mode and Sentry Mode cannot be active at the same time.

Note: Sentry Mode will not record if your Dashcam is not properly installed and equipped with a USB drive.To install your Dashcam, follow these steps.

For more information on Sentry Mode refer to your Owner's Manual.

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Require Manual Entry

All Tesla cars have the option to automatically unlock as you approach the car with the key.

On Model S or Model X, enabling Passive Entry will automatically unlock your car doors as you approach the car while carrying a key fob. On Model 3, an authenticated Phone Key will use its Bluetooth signal to unlock your car doors as you approach the car.

For manual entry, disable Passive Entry and require a key for entry.

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Intrusion Sensors

While the standard security system comes fitted on every Tesla, the Enhanced Antitheft System provides an additional layer of protection against certain break-in scenarios for your Model S or Model X.

This system adds intrusion sensors to your car inside the rearview mirror and is available on the Tesla online store as an accessory. When the sensor is used, it will intermittently pulse ultrasonic waves throughout the cabin and will trigger the alarm if the signal is disturbed by either an intrusion or significant movement within the car.

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Frequently Asked Questions


How do I install my Dashcam properly?
To properly install your Tesla's Dashcam you will need two additional things, a dedicated flash drive with FAT32 format (NTFS and exFAT are not currently supported) and a computer. Once you've gathered those items, follow these steps:

  • Insert your supported flash drive into your computer.
  • Manually add a base-level folder to the flash drive and name it 'TeslaCam' (without quotation marks). This folder is required for your Tesla to know where to store the video files.
  • Once the 'TeslaCam' has been added to your supported flash drive, insert the FAT32 format flash drive into one of your vehicle's front USB ports. The rear USB ports do not support Dashcam.

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