For owners of cars with RNS-e units it seems that the number of thefts may again be on the rise, and specifically in certain parts of the country.
Today I've been liaising with one of our forum members whose car has been broken into in the Leeds area.
Here is an excerpt from our exchange of emails which give a scale of magnitude of the damage these people are prepared to do to get one, and the volume of issues that are being reported in a single area.
It was indeed the RNS-E that was taken, they've made a right mess of the door frame while trying to pry the glass out too. The repair company said this was the 27th they'd done this month and over 100 have been done so far this year. The chap at the garage said he was at some seminar recently where an Audi representative acknowledged the problem and said Audi were trying to develop a retrofittable way of making them non removable to try and stop this.
The problem seems to be particularly bad around the Leeds area, so much so that it's being treated as the number 1 priority by the community policing team. The suspicion is that the thieves are operating out of Bradford but I think this is speculation rather than based on arrests.
PLEASE be extra vigilant with any information you choose to share online (photos / modifications lists / garage / build threads). I'm not saying the forums are necessarily going to be a source for opportunists who are after nav or mirrors, but I think all of us (including myself) can be accused of being quite open with what we share on here.
Appreciate for those without a garage / secure parking this is a bigger issue, but with crime only likely to go up given the current economic climate you may wish to review your procedures and security.
Might be worth discussing within this thread any useful ideas as to how we can better protect our cars (Smart water / Pentagon Tinting Films / post code marking RNSE casings etc.) as this may only become a bigger problem.
Given the unnaturally high number of RNS-e units floating about on the bay you may want to think about where these are coming from, and what you may be funding by buying them too (again, including myself in this as I bought one 3 yers ago).
Over to you for ideas and innovations, and our thanks go out to forum member Jon for sharing the information, and at the same time our thoughts as his car has been damaged extensively so a pikey can make a few bob.