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Tom Tom / Mobile Sat Nav's - Some Fecker nicked mine

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by hop2407, Jan 18, 2007.

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    [Jan 18, 2007]
    Just to re-iterate to those ignoring the warnings by the police and every man and his dog - If you have a portable Sat Nav, ensure you remove everything out of sight and even get a rag and rub off the round ring the sucker / suction pad leaves on the windsreen, when you leave the car... Apparently the thieving B@&&!ds are looking for the round ring on the windscreen and trying their luck.

    I parked my car in a NCP in Leeds and thought "It'll be ok as it has Video Security" - left the holder attached to the screen and like a numpter, locked the Tom Tom in the glove box..... Tw@ I know....

    Well one things for sure, I'll not be wasting my time locking the glove box again as it was simpley prised open - little prise mark above the catch... and how the Fook they got in my car is a mystery to me..... because when I cam back to car it was locked as I heard it unlock and make the beeps - so the feckers locked the car after they left !!!!
    And when I closed the glove box - Couldn't open it with the catch as it was locked.

    No Window smashed and I know for certain that it was locked, alarmed and immobilised as I checked the lights were flashing on the dash before I left the vehicle....

    Only thing I could see was the gate on the passenger door lock was out of line and as I tested it by putting my key in - it was difficult to get the key in ... Fook knows if this is how they did it...
    I dont have a audi remote alarm just a remote central lockig fob that came with the car - so was somebody scanning as I pressed the lock button - dunno.

    Anyway - no damage to car.. all still locks just Tom Tom and holder missing.

    Got a police and NCP crime ref but as for the police checking the video surveylance in the NCP - apparently there is too much video (Time span)to check through (I left the car between 09:00 and 16:30) - Idle feckers..

    Be warned lads and lasses - I thought it would be ok...
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    [Jan 18, 2007]
    Sorry to hear what's happened.

    It's a real faff to have to move everything out of the car each time. I have to admit I always leave my glove box open when I park it - even on the drive.
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    [Jan 18, 2007]
    That's the prime reason why I'm looking at an RNS-E retrofit. Taking everything out and setting it up again is a ballache; travelling on a motorway and stopping at the services for twenty minutes plus five for sorting out the TomTom.
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    [Jan 18, 2007]
    I never leave my satnav in the car i always take it with me, its small enough too anyway! and as for taking the holder down and rubbing all the marks of, would take ages!
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    I agree - but these fookin opportunists - look for anything to take their chance....
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    [Jan 18, 2007]
    I thought about putting a label above the bracket on the windscreen saying "the bracket is here but the nav is with me"
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    [Jan 18, 2007]
    yeah but even doing that, as hop2407 says, these "opportunitst" would prob think that was just a hoax or decoy if you like and will still break in for the fun of it to see if they can find it!

    Some scum out there aint there!
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    [Jan 18, 2007]
    I had a car broken into before. The fascia panel for the stereo was in the glovebox and the fuckers just broke the window on the off chance and nicked it but couldn't get the head unit out. They also left acouple of hundred quids worth of CD's and 2 £150 quid pairs of shades.

    I don't think they were very clever.
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    [Jan 18, 2007]
    AT least by having it locked in the glove box, your insurance will pay out for it (if your going through that)
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    Absolutey Mart - thats the saving grace......

    LOL - The ironic thing is - I had to go to Leeds 2 days after and in the same car park. I thought along the same lines.... A post-it saying "No sat Nav or holder in here as your thieving, Mother F****ing mates beat you to it"
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    [Jan 18, 2007]
    It's not worth claiming on your insurance for a few hundred quid.

    You might as well just swallow it.
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    [Jan 18, 2007]
    tom tom and holder for sale. £100.
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    [Jan 18, 2007]
    seriously though, i always leave mine in the glovebox, and allthough its only a few hundred quid its the damage they do to your car that matters. ive stopped using the sucker pad now as ive discovered that if you take the round docking piece on the tomtom 700 off the window mount it sits great in the b5 cupholder on the dash. this leaves no trace when you chuck it in the glovebox and close the cupholder.
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    i have found with the tomtom the more you fiddle with the bracket, the looser it becomes!
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    Sorry to hear this Hop.

    Theiving skum.
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    [Jan 28, 2007]
    THis is the lastest example of fucked up Policing in 'Blairs Britain'.

    Rather than saying, 'make sure you remove your sat nav and remove all marks etc etc', the message should be,,,, 'we will not rest until this current epedemic has been stopped, and criminals realise that rather than an almost zero probability of being caught, they can expect to pay for their crimes'............ It's called deterence

    Part of the problem is that we (the law abiding, taxpaying public) simply accept being told you shouldn't have things people want to steal, rather than demanding action against those that do!!
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    Gutted to read this. A few years back, my brother's mint S2 Escort RS Turbo was torched at Lakeside Shopping Centre in Essex, inside the multi-storey. Thieves broke in to steal the car, were foiled by the immobiliser, so to lose all evidence of finger marks, they popped the bonnet, cut the lines to the fuel distributor etc. and the whole lot was destroyed.

    Even more annoying was that the two cars either side of the Escort were also written off, so the final insurance bill approached five figures.

    My brother spoke to the retards who operated the CCTV systems, and they were as uncooperative as you can get. After doing some more digging - with the local police involved - we now think it's possible that a security guard contacted some organised pond life to inform them that a particular car had arrived in the car park. They probably get a "bonus" of some kind for their tip-offs.

    I'm certainly not implying that every car park is like this, but you really need to be removing your sat nav and cleaning the screen before you enter a car park. It's unlikely that thieves would take the risk of checking every single car parked for tell-tale signs of portable sat navs - otherwise even the public would be suspicious. You could even be watched as you drive in.
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    As someone else said, it's unlikely you are going to claim on your insurance for it, so I always leave the glovebox unlocked, that way if anyone breaks in to the car at least I haven't got to fork out for a new glovebox.

    These idiots will break in anyway - nice car - must have something good in it, iPod, SatNav etc etc. I don't think you'll ever stop it, even if you took everything with you, which is pretty impossible (satnav and holder, charger, mobile charger, iPod and holder, iPod charger.

    If you claim on the insurance though, make sure they know that there was CCTV available. I bet the insurance company would be able to make them search the tapes. It seems kinda pointless having CCTV if no one is going to check the recordings after a crime. It's not even a threat to the thieves if they know that no one is going to look.
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    Holy thread resurrection, Batman!
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