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Old 07-23-2004, 12:15 AM   #1
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Is there any way you can make your car from being stolen? Besides tracking devices what other things can you do to make sure no one even drives off with your car? Even with the best alrams im sure they can still some how start your car. Those sterring wheel locks or pedal locks dont work because those just kind of deters them away but im sure if they really want your car they will easily break them.
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Old 07-23-2004, 12:27 AM   #2
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Well sure. Nothing can be a total deterrent especially to professional car thieves or from plain vandals. However these devices , which might also include a hood lock,can deter the non professional thief.
I guess a level of concern about car theft depends on where you live. In my county there where all of seven cars stolen in 2001. Compare that to Bronx county which had 5,500 cars stolen the same year. You may want to check the regional forums to see what's happening in the area where you live.
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Old 07-23-2004, 12:55 AM   #3
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Old 07-23-2004, 01:04 AM   #4
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I live in Los Angeles. nuf said.
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Old 07-23-2004, 01:09 AM   #5
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Depends on how legal you want to keep it.
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Old 07-23-2004, 02:08 AM   #6
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Yes. Trunk monkeys definitely work. I can attest to that. Besides stopping thieves in their tracks, trunk monkeys can also be very entertaining.
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Old 07-23-2004, 07:09 AM   #7
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Old 07-23-2004, 08:53 AM   #8
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. . . if they really want your car they will easily break them.
That's the key right there. No way to stop someone if they really really want your car. I've gotten to the point where I have all sorts of cut offs and alarms and whatnot on my car. I just put on a QR steering wheel and lock kit so that I can remove the steering wheel when I'm parked. Anything to make it more difficult. . .but in the end, if someone wants it, they'll figure out a way to take it. That's when I depend on my comprehensive coverage insurance to come in to play.

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Old 07-23-2004, 10:02 AM   #9
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don't attract thieves to your car by not putting guady body kits, wings, flashy wheels, stickers, and play your stereo loud when parking your car is generally a good start.
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Old 07-23-2004, 10:57 AM   #10
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I'm skeptic about the common notion of "If someone really wants it they will get it" mentality. Really, does someone "REALLY want" YOUR car that much? I mean unless you have mayor $$ in stuff on the car, and unless you left it in very easy to aproach areas, theives will basically see your car as an item of opportunity. If it's easy, low risk and good reward, they will try to break in. If not, they will move on to the next car. I think the balance is not tilted all the way towards thieves. Also, I think theft by use of towing is less common than people like to think. That's probably done in high priced vehicles that are really hard to steal. IMO
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Old 07-23-2004, 11:07 AM   #11
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what's a trunk monkey
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Old 07-23-2004, 12:02 PM   #12
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Muahhaha !!.......

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Old 07-23-2004, 12:39 PM   #13
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I had all the glass on the car etched by the dealer with a serial number that is registered nationally. I seem to recall somewhere that this is a very big deterrent to "real" (versus joy riding kids) car thieves since they have to remove all of the glass before parting the car.
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Old 07-23-2004, 12:47 PM   #14
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Do a search on it, you can even find videos on it.
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Old 07-23-2004, 12:52 PM   #15
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I have had two different top end security systems installed on my 2 cars. Both got broken into. My truck got the deck, my $450 pool stick and about $2k in cd's stolen. The car got gutted. They couldn't steel it cause they broke the ignition so they just took everything out of it.

I caught someone once on my truck and twice on my car so it could have been more times.

So basically....every car has an alarm...nobody pays attention anymore unless there's glass everywhere and the guy has a ski mask or something and at that point they care more about themselves and they just take off.

If you want to keep you car safe. Get a good alarm. Ignition kill is mandatory. Park in safe very well lit lots. In plain side. You hide your car from site that means they are hid from site while they gut it.

Basically at some point the stuff in your car isn't that safe. But with a good alarm, ignition kill you can at least save your car and hope insurance covers most of your losses...most give you $1000. Also...get renters/home ownders insurance...they'll cover your cd's and personal belonging inside the car.

If you have no warranty to care about and want the performance get something like the TurboXS ecu upgrade that you can set up multiple programs. When you park it...set it up as dead. No fuel. Or you can give them about 2 miles of fuel..haa. Let them run out of gas and be forced to run away from the car in plane day light.

once I get over my 100k warranty..or close to it..I'll be doing this.
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Old 07-23-2004, 12:53 PM   #16
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I had all the glass on the car etched by the dealer with a serial number that is registered nationally. I seem to recall somewhere that this is a very big deterrent to "real" (versus joy riding kids) car thieves since they have to remove all of the glass before parting the car.
This is not a deterent it's a scam to get your $. The value of glass is not high enough to merit a thief NOT to steal your car. Cars theive do not steal your car for the glass, they steal it for everything else.
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Old 07-23-2004, 01:04 PM   #17
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well if a thieve wants a car,they r going to get it. The best thing to do is just have insurance. Then u can get another one that is newer haha. I have a 2002 which i love (but then again i would have to buy used cuz i hate that super ugly new look and the bug catching subaru hood scoop that is completely useless,haha), but conclusion is the only way to keep theives away is never leave your car. Not sure about other states but subarus look nice but are not actactly hot cars to steal. People out here would steal a Saturn LS before they steal any subaru cuz the parts can be sold on the black park better. toyotas are 2nd in line when it comes to theft.
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Old 07-23-2004, 01:04 PM   #18
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you could always look into the alarms that they have in foreign countries.

1. car shocks. by wiring metal plates in the most commonly touched spots. ie. door handles and such. capacitors in the trunk keep a very high charge that when touched is like touching a tazor.
2. flame throwers. usually under the driver side door. expell flames and burn the crap out of a theif.
3. my favorite: the air bag surprise. I saw this done in the us. this setup keeps the driver side airbag charged if the alarm is triggered. then a motion sensor on the steering wheel when activated will make the airbag come out. imagine triying to rewire the igntion with your face in the steering wheel right as the airbag comes out

highly illegal here though. if you injured a theif with them they will probably sue and you could go to jail. but these are damn good.
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Old 07-23-2004, 02:34 PM   #19
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Okay I hate people who say have insurance. Thats obvious. But many people like me don't have the time and resources to deal if my car is strippped or stolen. My rates go up and I lose the value of my car. Plus I have to deal with the stress of filing a claim and such. And all my hard work is gone because of some iddiot. If my car woould get stolen every yr I would lose 5000+ in the value of my car.


I was reading on another was this guy who had an ITR....his first ITR got jacked from a UCLA parking lot! nothing special....
his NEXT type R got taken FROM his Brentwood gated apt complex. The Crazy part is that he had his roommates BMW 330 parked behind him!
So the theives got into the underground parking complex, broke into the BMW, moved the BMW, took out his club w/ another steering wheel, took off his clutch lock, disabled his viper alarm! Well this all would have been fine since he had loJack. Well to finish it off, they found his loJack chip sitting in dumpster somewhere in Inglewood!

yea.
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Old 07-23-2004, 02:50 PM   #20
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http://www.cnn.com/WORLD/africa/9812...e.thrower.car/

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Old 07-23-2004, 03:09 PM   #21
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Okay I hate people who say have insurance. Thats obvious. But many people like me don't have the time and resources to deal if my car is strippped or stolen. My rates go up and I lose the value of my car. Plus I have to deal with the stress of filing a claim and such. And all my hard work is gone because of some iddiot. If my car woould get stolen every yr I would lose 5000+ in the value of my car.
Not everyone carries comprehensive insurance. . .some only carry liability which means that they're not covered for theft. You may hate being told to buy insurance, but that's the only real way to protect your investment. If someone stole your car and you didn't have insurance, then you would still be in the same situation as if you did have insurance, only you'd be out the cash for the car as well. No one has the time to deal with a stolen car, but that's an unfortunate part of life.

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Old 07-23-2004, 03:24 PM   #22
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THat's pretty damned impressive that the guys managed to find the lojack. Those guys apparently knew what they were doing.
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Old 07-24-2004, 10:37 PM   #23
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Old 07-24-2004, 10:43 PM   #24
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there's no 100% fool proof way of preventing your vehicle from being stolen. anything installed can easily be bypassed. the easiest way to steal a car is to use a tow truck, 15 seconds and it's gone.

if you value your vehicle... get decent insurance coverage or buy a beater for situations where you're not in control of your vehicle.

if you really need to protect your vehicle, get an alarm with a dedicated ignition kill system, ie. clifford g4/g5 alarms or transponder with multi point immobilization including ignition or fuel etc. mul-t-lock transmission lock to prevent the vehicle from being shifted, removable steering wheel, maxi guard hood lock, active gps system to notify you of a security violation etc... lists goes on and on...

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Is there any way you can make your car from being stolen? Besides tracking devices what other things can you do to make sure no one even drives off with your car? Even with the best alrams im sure they can still some how start your car. Those sterring wheel locks or pedal locks dont work because those just kind of deters them away but im sure if they really want your car they will easily break them.
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Old 07-25-2004, 01:16 PM   #25
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Best way is not to be stupid and flash the car around and what's in it to random people. If there's a loud stereo system in it, don't have it slammin' when you're close to leaving the car parked for awhile, especially if you park outside at home or work. A good alarm and some common sense can go a long way..
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