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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old Aug 8th, 12, 11:36 AM Thread Starter
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Theft safe guarding question

I have what I would call an upper end driver. I was curious how others protect their cars from theft when away from home.

battery disconnects
fuel shutoff
alarms
steering wheel locks
etc.....


What do you think is the most effective mechanism?


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post #2 of 29 (permalink) Old Aug 8th, 12, 12:13 PM
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Re: theft safe gaurding question

Locked garage and a large dog on the front porch.

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Re: theft safe guarding question

I sleep in mine.

Other than an ignition cut-off, it's in the garage when I'm not driving it. Never in the driveway, ever.
As far as at work, I just park out of the mainstream view, and kill the ignition.
If someone wants the car, they're going to get it no matter where you park or what you do to deter them.

Install a tracking device in it so at least you'll know where the thieves took it.

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Re: Theft safe guarding question

I drive mine all around town on a regular basis and often to work. I have a kill switch on the electric fuel pump and put a lock on the hood. When I park anywhere I activate both. If it's an all day affair like work I park in front of the building and disconnect the battery cable along with fuel pump and hood lock. A pro will steal it he he really wants to, these measures simply slow him down. No different than locking up a bicycle.

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I typically do a couple over night trips a year and always cover the car at night with it parked nose in with the wheels turned full lock in one direction. This way if they try to lift the rear and tow it off the car will sorta fight back unless they take the time to get past the steering lock. I also disable the ignition and use a club onthe over night trips.

A lot of the drives I go on are to what you might call tourist type attractions but I usually go along with others in their classics too and that in itself adds a bit of security, think safety in numbers.

In the end these old cars are our babys but they are still cars and just using good common sense goes a long way. It also helps to have good insurance...

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Re: Theft safe guarding question

Integrated hood-lock and ignition kill switch and battery disconnect.
lojack for "classic" cars that has its own power supply
and just in case a cell phone under the spare with tracking enabled that charges from a cheap solar pad laying in the vert well.
I like to cover all the angles.


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$45k insurance coverage and knowing I'll get to make the UPS guy sick of me again is all I need.

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Re: Theft safe guarding question

If you are traveling and stay in a motel get a room on the ground floor with the car close by.

Years ago I used to travel with some racers, usually from 5-10, and would stay at motels from time to time. Usually one person would stay up to keep an eye on the cars and rigs, we would take shifts. Someone almost always had to work on a car late at night anyway. Sometimes we would hire a local security firm to put a guard by the cars...with 5-10 people paying it was really cheap.

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Some missed...having the MIL nearby...but, seriously an up to date anti theft device with a back up cut off makes sense.

HWJ's suggestion lets you see where the car went/is...but, if they want it, they'll get it.

Check the archives for a lot more info on this issue as there's scads of it in the vault, eh?

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Check the archives for a lot more info on this issue as there's scads of it in the vault, eh?
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I was going to suggest that but it gets old after a few years.

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fuel shut off and remove the distributor rotor.
battery also get taken out and put on trickle charger in another garage.


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I have what I would call an upper end driver. I was curious how others protect their cars from theft when away from home.
Randy - Can you elaborate a little? By the replies it seems some read "away from home" as going somewhere and leaving the Camaro home and others read it as taking the Camaro out and parking it in public away from home...

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I'm noticing a trend that car thieves increasingly tow away classic cars to circumvent hidden kill switches etc. A hidden GPS tracker is safest bet. I have also seen people use those "boots" that parking police put on wheels to prevent theft.

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Randy - Can you elaborate a little? By the replies it seems some read "away from home" as going somewhere and leaving the Camaro home and others read it as taking the Camaro out and parking it in public away from home...
Sure Dennis, I meant both situations. I've only owned my car for a couple months and have worked hard in reliability. I now drive to work on a regular basis and I am concerned about theft there. It's in a large parking lot on a university campus. Thought that was safe but just this morning a woman was assaulted and her car stolen - yikes!

I eventually want to do overnight runs as well so the range of advice is all good!

Thanks for the thoughts guys. I know it must be a well worn subject and I appologize for not looking through the archive first.
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Using a flat bed, your car can be gone in a minute or less with most of the deterents mentioned. Turned front wheels get jacked up using special jacks that most ramp truck drivers have. It adds about 10 seconds to the whole process if you're in a hurry. If it's a vehicle I want back no matter what condition it's in like my Camaro? a GPS device and/or Lojack.

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