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Discussion in 'RS3 Forum' started by Veneeringman, Mar 20, 2014.

  1. Veneeringman
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    Veneeringman Bazinga VCDS Map User

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    [Mar 20, 2014]
    Been reading about the Bucket seat thefts in the paper so I've decided to improve security, going to have the Viper smartstart system installed after i come back from Holiday by a firm in Bristol called Secure my car, I've had a lengthy conversation with Antony this morning who owns it, he has seen a big increase in thefts of / from Audi's, BMW's in recent months, the thing i like about the viper system is it integrates with the Audi Canbus system.
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    Security film on all glass will help a shed load mate, its very hard to get into the cars via windows with this in place trust me, not overly expensive either.
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    [Mar 20, 2014]

    This

    They steal the seats in situ


    Best option is not to have buckets
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    kwistof South East Events Moderator Regional Rep

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    I'd say the best option would be to go to Audi and advise them of your concern about your seats being stolen with the recent hype in the press.

    Then they may be able to help add a unique watermark or invisible identification mark on the seats in relation to the VIN/Chassis the seats came from.

    Finally a couple of small custom made stickers to advise of the increased security placed in the window regarding the seats being ID marked would complete deterring possible criminals.

    Just a thought and a work around before spending hundreds on an after market security.
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    Anyone can buy smart water, but does it actually deter thieves and would it stop people buying marked seats on eBay?
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    Dave, using that logic, don't by a car in the first place. Live in a cave and don't have any personal belongings.......

    That'll show the b*stards!
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    The root of the problem is people buying them second hand.
    Pentagon glass,aftermarket alarm with sensors,security lights with sensors,hidden PIR sensor with inside alarm,gates and as many other obstacles you can think of to deter the thieves.
    A 3k all singing dancing CCTV is null and void by a 2 quid balaclava from a car boot sale.
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    Thanks Nigel I'll give that company a call.
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    [Mar 21, 2014]
    I would be tempted to fit the anti tamper bolts that you can only bolt in and are a nightmare to undo or even tack some weld on as hammer chisel or grinder will make a bit of noise and slow them down a fair bit.
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    Over on rs246 we investigated that option but since the bolts have to be high tensile ones (unless you want to risk the seat becoming loose or detached in an accident) we were unable to source anything suitable.
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    How about tack welding the bolt head to the seat frame, or even filling the bolt head with weld.
    Can you get to the thread under the car or do the bolts not come right out as you could weld that end too.
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    You could not tac weld under the car seat you would burn something in the car and yourself....

    I would like to see somebody come up with something that could guarantee they could not be taken

    I'm lucky to be able to have mine in a garage every night and I do not leave it anywhere now

    When I first got it I parked it in town and when I came back there was a load of charvers standing around it taking pictures of it and looking in the windows so after that I only use secured car parks.

    You could try Locktite Threadlocker but that is only really used to stop bolts vibrating loose

    I cannot believe they will do this and as Voohees says a CCTV will do nothing I've got one on my house and it did not stop them trying to take the wheels off my missus A3 black edition right in front of both cameras on the front of the house they got 3 of the locking nuts off and couldn't get the 4th off otherwise they would of had the wheels off it and we never heard "anything" the only reason we realised is then I was washing it and realised the locking nuts were missing.... I am glad in a way I never caught them because I would probably be locked up now I hate thieving scum bags
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    [Mar 29, 2014]
    Fill the bolt heads with epoxy resin?
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    [Mar 31, 2014]
    As others have already mentioned tack weld the seat to the frame Jack Barclay Audi have carried out this work for a number of RS3 and RS4 users so appear to have devised a way of doing this which prevents the seats being easily removed and does not set fire to the carpet.
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    [Mar 31, 2014]
    You actually need to recover / find your stolen seats first though, to even get to the stage of proving they are yours.
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