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 features that enhance security and can be easily activated at any time. 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.

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.

Sentry Mode

Sentry Mode continuously monitors your car’s surroundings while it’s locked and parked. When a potential 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. You must re-enable this feature with every use.

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

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.

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 Model S or Model X cars.

This system adds intrusion sensors to your car inside the rearview mirror and is available on the Tesla Shop 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.