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Andrew-C
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2006 2:15 pm    Post subject: Top Tips For keeping Thieves Away Reply with quote

i know it sounds like alot of work, i know its alot of hassle, but my top tips for everyone is to:

A. Remove the Satnav whenever you leave the vehicle - take it with you wherever you go - simple and effective - no need to remove the wiring and no need to remove the cradle. just the sat nav itself.


B. Always leave the glove box open - potential thieves will see that you've clearly taken it with you. Often when thieves see that there is a Cradle or there are marks on the window where a cradle would be, they look to the glove box, if its closed... they're more willing to break in, if they see, that there is nothing but the average glove box bits and bobs, they often leave it as there isnt anything which outweighs the Risk-Pay off reaction.

C. Never park in Dark or quiet areas - although people think quiet areas mean less chance of break ins, its quite the oppersit. More chance o f a thief being caught/disturbed by cars driving past or people walking up and down the street, even at night time.

D. Make friends with your neighbours - i know it sounds lame, but often neighbours can be a good weapon against crime. Sometimes your neighbours hear things that you may not, if their friendly enough they may call the police or even take action to disturb the thieves.

Living in Leeds, i know for a FACT that if i leave anything on show that looks like its worth anything, my car will instantly be targeted. Hence why i'm paranoid about leaving anything of value in my car. My car itself isnt of massive value, so my car itself doesnt get targeted, but ive caught people sniffing around it because of the GPS cradle in the window.

ive always left my normal trash in the glove box, but i dont think their intrested in nicking a few wrappers, a torch and maybe a free parker pen.

Never Leave Anything Of Value In Your Car - Not Even For 5 Mins
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2008 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very Happy great thanks for advices Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2008 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good advice, Andrew-C and Welcome to the forum
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2008 9:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Top Tips For keeping Thieves Away Reply with quote

Andrew-C wrote:

D. Make friends with your neighbours - i know it sounds lame, but often neighbours can be a good weapon against crime. Sometimes your neighbours hear things that you may not, if their friendly enough they may call the police or even take action to disturb the thieves.

My neighbour across the road came to tell me and the policeman that he'd seen my van being done, but he hadn't come across to tell me at the time because it was 1:30am and he didn't want to wake me. The policeman advised me afterwards to beware of him - as if I didn't know already - the clue was that the police had been there half an hour earlier to take one of them away in handcuffs, a sort of follow up to the previous week's handcuffs visit and the week before and the drug squad raid the week before! The van do-ers not only opened the glove box, but also the underseat storage tray, to steal my Black Dyke Mills and Chopin CDs. Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2008 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most motorists would use Black Dyke and Chopin CDs to deter thieves Laughing Laughing

I use the philosophy of never leaving anything on display, no matter how valuable of otherwise it may look - even an old jacket could be a target because jackets often have wallets etc in the pockets

Some of the criminal fraternity were at the back of the queue when brains were handed out though -

a friend of my wife recently had her car stolen and written off by being driven into a wall in a nearby village

...the thief was also local and bragged to one of his friends - who knew the girl whose car he'd knicked

...the police didnt need to do too much detective work and easily managed to link the criminal to the crime
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2008 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

GPS_fan wrote:
Most motorists would use Black Dyke and Chopin CDs to deter thieves Laughing Laughing



Some of the criminal fraternity were at the back of the queue when brains were handed out though
What more can I say? My thieves weren't even brainy enough to be deterred by Black Dyke and Chopin!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2008 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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My thieves weren't even brainy enough to be deterred by Black Dyke and Chopin!


Your thieves...? Perhaps a name change to FagiN is in order?

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2008 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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no need to remove the wiring and no need to remove the cradle. just the sat nav itself.
Not so sure about that. If I were a thief and saw these on the screen, even with the glove box open, I would know you have a sat. nav and would think 'Where else have they put it. Under the seat maybe'? Best to remove everything, wipe the 'ring' off the windscreen and take sat. nav. with you.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2008 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lost_Property wrote:
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no need to remove the wiring and no need to remove the cradle. just the sat nav itself.
Not so sure about that. If I were a thief and saw these on the screen, even with the glove box open, I would know you have a sat. nav and would think 'Where else have they put it. Under the seat maybe'? Best to remove everything, wipe the 'ring' off the windscreen and take sat. nav. with you.

That's what I thought too. If you take the following two options:

A) Leave the wiring and cradle on display, but take the sat nav with you

B) Conceal all traces of the sat nav and accessories, yet leave them in the car

Then isn't it preferable to do B? Not only is there the inconvenience factor to consider when lugging the sat nav with you, but what about the threat of being mugged with it in your possession? Perhaps not that much lower than a car break in?
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