ABSTRACT The acquisition of a vehicle is a thing of joy but the stealing of such is a thing of great sadness. This situation leads to development of various car security systems with most of them having one limitation or the other. All these were considered to design a better microcontroller-based car security device. This device is a software and hardware implementations which automatically senses when a vehicle is ignited by an intruder. When this happens, the microcontroller receives the signal, processes it and sends high or low logics to the switching circuit to immobilize the vehicle, makes a call to the car owner, the security services (depending on the stored phone numbers) and also activates an alarm all within a minute. Other features incorporated in this project are the status display unit using a Liquid Crystal Display (LCD), the cell phones for tracking purposes via the network vendors and the panic switch that can be pressed when the car is about to be snatched by thieves to make phone call to the security service immediately and immobilize the vehicle after 20 minutes. To achieve the above functions, an AT89C52 microcontroller is programmed to carry out the task. The finished project was installed in a car (Toyota Carina II), tested to work satisfactorily and recommendations were also made for future improvement on the project.