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Stopping the theft of your A3.

Discussion in 'New A3/S3 (8V Chassis)' started by Redgrouse, May 10, 2014.

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    [May 10, 2014]
    I couldn't see a thread devoted to security measures which could prevent your car being stolen so I thought I'd at least start a helpful discussion.

    Preventing having stuff stolen from your car is common sense - don't leave it unlocked, close the windows, hide or remove valuables, don't park it in an isolated place etc etc.

    What about stopping your car being taken completely?

    There is the obvious threat of 'two in one" burglaries which I, as a criminal barrister, have seen a marked increase in over the last 5 or so years. Again prevention is obvious - hide keys and don't leave them on the inside of your door (you'd be amazed how many people do that) or within a fishing rod distance of your letter box (another method).

    However the latest worrying trend is electronic devices which fool the car into believing a thief has the key. That RS4 video in another thread shows it at work. Now we can sit and rightly complain Audi ought to address this but that could be a long and fruitless wait. A tracker may be of some use but thieves usually find and disable them quickly (especially if your car has the sticker saying it has a tracker!).

    I am interested in views on other devices such as Disklok, wheel clamps or the like. Having a visible preventative device is going to deter a thief at the very least. If the thief has 2 cars one of which is a pain to steal he will go for the easy option. Car thieves want to be quick.

    Do you use such a device. I was looking at the potential for a Disklok but in another thread someone said it chewed his BMW leather steering wheel. Have you experience? What about those wheel clamps? Do they damage alloys?

    This could be a helpful discussion and I look forward to hearing your views.
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    My car is always parked behind my works van, they would have to move that before that got my car. I also have PIR flood lights and a CCTV camera. But I do worry when it's parked up away from home.
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    [May 10, 2014]
    I like the STOPLOCK Pro.

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    [May 10, 2014]
    If someone really wants to steal your car, they will. Fortunately that is what insurance is for.

    Really you want to hope that if your car is stolen, it is stolen properly and not just taken for a joyride and later recovered.
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    Agreed, if stolen I don't want to ever see it again
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    [May 10, 2014]
    I've used a disclock in the past and have yet to try it on my A3. But I know from experience what a pain they are to remove.
    For many years a friend and I ran a motorsport photography business, specialising mainly in rallies. we were parked up in North Yorkshire in the middle of nowhere and were all set to leave, got back to the car in the dark and my pal found he had lost his keys. We searched high and low, trecking several miles in and out of the forest to all our spots but no luck.

    The RAC sent out an automobile lock specialist and he had a pig of a job removing the disclocl.
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    Surely any determined thief would just drill out the lock, and I expect the majority of users would keep the key attached to their car keys anyway...
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    I think any determined thief is going to get your car if they really want it. I suppose it's about making life more difficult so they choose an easier target?

    I wonder how many carry a drill and several bits with them, they also like to get away quickly, the longer it takes and the more noise they have to make increases their risk of being seen or caught. steering wheel lock of some sort must make them think twice?
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    Park next to an M3........that should do it:haha:
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    I bought a disklok a few years back to protect my previous X5 as there were so many stories about X5 being stolen by cutting a hole in the passenger window and coding a key somehow via the OBD port.

    I don't know if the A3 has the same vulnerability but I still kept the disklok at make sure it is fitted overnight. It's a minor inconvenience but gives me some piece of mind.

    A neighbour a few doors down to me had the door handle lock barrell of his 318d drilled out the other day but nothing was taken. He now uses a disklok as well.
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    [May 10, 2014]
    Most people don't react to car/house alarm going off these days, even if its the middle of the night..
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    Keeping it in a locked garage out of sight helps. The problem is most people use their garage as a store room these days.

    Even the planning authorities no longer count a garage when deciding the number of car parking spaces required for planning permission for a new house as they know the garage will rarely be used to park a car.
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    My car is in a locked garage overnight but to be honest if someone wants it that much I will leave my keys out for them. If rather they take it that come upstairs with a baseball bat or something to my head. It's completely the reason why I choose to have GAP insurance. If it gets stolen, as others have said, I don't ever want to see it again. Id rather just start again.
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    If only our local authority allowed us to have a garage then mine would be snug. However the problem with garages are they can easily broken into allowing the thief to work undercover and in the dry with, usually, mains power on tap..
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    [May 11, 2014]
    For the first 12 months in the event of the vehicle being stolen/written off most insurance policies will indemnify with you with a brand new vehicle.

    Hence for the first 12 months i won't have any additional security on my vehicle.

    If it gets stolen the likeliehood it ain't coming back.
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    If you take out GAP insurance you're in the same position of having the car replaced for 3 years.
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    [May 11, 2014]
    You are absolutely correct however the old bill do claim that a burglar or thief doesn't tend to hang about.
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    [May 11, 2014]
    Yes they leave the scene very rapidly in your car....
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