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Hi,

Due to all the thefts of Type R's are the moment I'm thinking about getting a tracker.

Does anyone have any advice / prices??

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 18th March 2010, 21:26
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I would also be intrested in this a system when activated all Police unit nearby know its there like seen on Road Wars if they close to a stolen car their tracking device activates
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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.
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Yup, from the tracker website :

"The most valuable recovery was that of an 80,000 Bentley Continental from
West Yorkshire, stolen of course with keys as were 78% of all the cars
recovered in December."

Its a worrying statistic.
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These have been discussed at length my friend, use the search function for "tracker".

I have one installed and I would recommend it.
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Im turned off now as im a garage owner and keep keys well away from access and all access is not accessible lol SHUTTER ON MY HOUSE
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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 !
Yes Please! any links anybody

Perhaps there are some unintentional security devices that happen to have rather unfirtunate side effects .
After all....if you enter a fenced off area that says danger high voltage risk of death and you enter and get fried rice effect..
...I aint seen anyone sue the leccy board...
..or the leccy board labelled as liable




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How about a faulty halon system loaded with mace or something



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Unable to find a link to the auto taser, I think they could be outlawed, but heres a newspaper article on them from a while ago :

The Spokesman-Review - Google News Archive Search
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Evidently they nearly bankrupt...everyone was interested in the auto taser but noone bought it....they then started developing/selling the taser that most police forces now use.

The auto taser is no longer available



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When the Xantia's first came out (and some Peugeots I think) they had a keypad just behind the gearstick.

Even with the keys you were going nowhere without the keycode, it locked out the fuel pump.

Wonder why they abandoned it?
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When the Xantia's first came out (and some Peugeots I think) they had a keypad just behind the gearstick.

Even with the keys you were going nowhere without the keycode, it locked out the fuel pump.

Wonder why they abandoned it?
morons forgetting there code...
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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.
Actually, not so. Me and RG have Trafficmaster Smartnav systems. The tracker on mine is not enabled as it's not necessary for the insurance, but while I still had it on the month's free trial, you may remember, is when I had my little altercation with the deer.

After waving my pride and joy off on the low-loader, ten mins later I get a call from TrafficMaster HQ: 'we're just calling to let you know that your car is moving without the ignition being on. Are you aware of this?' I also got another call when it was on it's way to the bodyshop for repair. Since it was connected to the satnav, I assume that they would have been able to give it's location to the authorities (to within 10 metres, as per the satnav smallprint) - given the circumstances however, thankfully I didn't need to find that out.
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