Car: 2006 2.2 ES i-CTDI
Join Date: 14th February 2010
Location: Middlesbrough, UK
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Wouldn't waste your money.
Most vehicles of this type are either stolen to order or opportunist thefts such as our scottish friend who was mugged of his keys.
If this happens its likely your car will be ragged round the streets, thieves won't care if they're chased or not and it will likely result in them either burning your car out or wrapping it round a lamp post.
If its nicked to order then again with the CAT1 immobilizer its going to be nigh on impossible to nick without the keys. This means they'll either burgle your house for them while you're out or stick the car on a low loader. This is where a tracker comes in I hear you say...
Anyone who's going to the trouble of casing your house, hiring/buying a low loader with the sole intention if nicking your car only has to do a google search for 'tracker disable' and will find a multitude of devices which block satellite signals and prevent a tracker working. For £100 they are home free.
And if they don't have one, the tracker will not be activated until you report the vehicle stolen, so if you're in bed or on holiday it could be hours/days before you realise your car is gone. By which time its being sold back to one of us guys as a ringer on ebay.
Personally I think a more structured approach to car security is required to prevent thefts. (and this is actually what one guy who was a vehicle security expert told me)
1. Never leave your keys near the door so they can be fished through the letterbox.
2. Fit exterior lights on PIR's to your house.
3. Vary your routine when parking in public places and be aware when walking back to your vehicle of suspicious characters.
4. Buy a safe and lock your keys in it if going on holiday (or give them to your neighbour).
5. Visible deterrents such as multi-lock or steering locks can be useful for preventing opportunist thefts.
6. Tinted window film can be useful for making smashing a window more difficult and also stop prying eyes.
7. Lock your car doors when driving to prevent hi-jacking.
9. Get a CCTV system with a movement alarm (See Maplin).
Oh and 10...FYI...Wiring your any part of your vehicle bodywork, or interior up to mains electricity is unfortunately illegal !
I did once see a steering lock which delivered a 10000volt shock when tampered with. Haven't seen them for a while but that would be mildly amusing even if it did mean removing a charred body of a chav from the drivers seat prior to driving off !
Anyway, this is my personal opinion so feel free to say its all rubbish and buy a tracker if you want the peace of mind which it will undoubtedly offer. No offence taken.