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2 easy and cheap ways to prevent Cali theft, even if the thief has the keys!

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I'm sure some top range vehicles get loaded, but is there much evidence of this? Most public parking places, roads, or even your own driveway make this a difficult task without drawing attention to yourself.

The Cali is well equipped with alarm sensors, but it's the keys that are the achilles heel. Physical additions are what's needed on top of this to add another problem layer, and visual deterrent.
 
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I very cheap and simple way I have used is to install a small hidden switch within reach or use one of the unused switch spaces on the dash and use it to by pass / isolate either the brake light or clutch switch (depending on manual or DSG) as you need to push the brake or clutch to start the engine. I prefer to use a momentary switch that you have to push every time so you can't forget to set it. Anyone with keys could jump in but it would not start without pushing the "special switch" at the same time as turning key. Could also fit a key operated switch if required.
 
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Method 2 , the pedal thing looks good stuff .
The seat thing is way to much hassle to put up , you would do this a few times and then just won't bother anymore ....my guess....
For long time parking it would work

Good thinking rookeryview....:thumb
But short park ups are also dangerous , specialy on holliday trips.
I got a Bearlock on my DSG gearbox and lock it every time i leave the verhicle , even when going in the supermarket....did cost me 500 euro but so easy to use and under normal conditions this is a no go for thieves....

Can't see one sticking his head under the steeringwheel with a padlock every time they get out of the verhicle .
A Bearlock takes 2 seconds sitting behind the steeringwheel....contact off ....keys out ...reach under gearstick......Bearlock on.....one move .
hotel. where do you get bear locks fitted in Europe. do they have fitting centres or garages might get one fitted when over in Europe cheers dale
 
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Did I not read somewhere that to leave the front wheels turned would make it harder even to low load?
 
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The anti tilt alarm and the movement sensor alarm didn't stop a friends Honda Civic R being loaded onto a low loader and being taken away, in Birmingham. People watching the theft were told he had lost his keys.

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...terrible. So does leaving her on full lock prevent this?
 
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I think it would be a little more difficult to roll the vehicle up a ramp or use a winch you would have to break the steering lock and straighten the front wheels without the help of any power steering, or lift up the front when winching. So every little bit helps.
 
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A Cali (in my op) is unlikely to be swiped by an oportunist thief, more likely pros stealing to order.
Yes, and they will read this forum and look for GPS data on any photos that are posted to locate their target so beware of this and do not give away your precise location. :eek:
 
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In terms of operating convenience you can't beat the Autowatch Keyguard. This uses a remote fob with a keypad to enter a pin code.
As stated earlier, if it's a pain to operate you are unlikely to use it all the time.
The Keyguard is auto arming too.
With the padlock ones, where do you keep the key?
 
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Looks good. Another way to spoil someone's day.
Does it affect the warranty?
All of these techniques, whether padlock, key fob, or bear lock are all extra levels of surprise for a key thief, with no way of knowing which one is waiting for them.
Hopefully they will be reading all about it here, and learning that they will fail sooner than later, and leave some evidence behind.
If everyone did one of these things, we would all sleep happier.
This club should set up an enhanced security sticker in multi language, and encourage extra measures.
 
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I very cheap and simple way I have used is to install a small hidden switch within reach or use one of the unused switch spaces on the dash and use it to by pass / isolate either the brake light or clutch switch (depending on manual or DSG) as you need to push the brake or clutch to start the engine. I prefer to use a momentary switch that you have to push every time so you can't forget to set it. Anyone with keys could jump in but it would not start without pushing the "special switch" at the same time as turning key. Could also fit a key operated switch if required.
This would be my answer to. I couldn't be bothered to lock and unlock a padlock down at the footwell, especially as my Cali is a daily driver. Good idea though if you leave your Cali parked up for long periods.

I used to have a kill switch on an old Peugeot 309gti. Worked great.

I usually leave my Cali open, but don't have anything valuable inside. Saves some twerp damaging her getting into it. If they decide to let themselves in the only thing they will find is some baby wipes and extra virgin olive oil. There welcome to it if they are that desperate:talktothehand
 
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^^^^^
That sounds a bit wrong :D:headbang:embarrased
 
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Lots of great ideas but as most vehicles are now stolen with the keys surely the most effective way to prevent theft is to always put the keys in a convenient but well hidden place. It's keys on the hallway table that makes for easy pickings.
 
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Solenoid 12volt tap on the fuel line ,switch under the dash or seat??????
They would not get far, just don't forget to switch it on/off when you want to drive it
 
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Hiding the keys is good, obviously, as long as you lock your bedroom door:eek:

There'e also word on the street that if you get the VIN number, (or not) you can make a key and program it if you have the inside knowledge. Is that true?

The magic switch is great, but how do you do that, without messing up your electrics or warranty?

The ideal scenario is that no one tries to break into your house in the first place.
Physical visible deterrents are good, and might put someone off from even trying for keys.
If a "pro" finds your keys AND then needs to find a switch, or a lock, they are going to get cross/stressed, and your olive oil and baby wipes is the least of your worries:Grin

You want something that says this on the outside, in order to move on the majority of thieves without further ado.

Has anyone got experience of failed attempts to steal their vehicle? What can we learn from these?

Having a visible lock doesn't tell you how many times it has "worked" to prevent theft !
 
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We've already covered that up with a piece of card, haven't we?

We haven't??...........:headbang
 
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You need the VIN number, key database, key blank and cutter and then a programming tool and software to get a working key that will open the door and start the engine. If you also use a reputable Dealer or key supplier you will also need the V5. Hiding the VIN will not help because the Reg Nos can give that information.
To be absolutely honest there is no way you would be able to stop a Professional who wanted your vehicle without going to extraordinary lengths which would take away all spontaneity of using it. Obviously if you only use it for summer holidays then you can go to greater lengths and 1 or 2 wheel clamps would stop it being removed easily.
For the opportunistic thief simple methods will suffice and ultimately good Insurance.
Don't forget, if you try too hard to foil the scumbag then they may take it out on the vehicle and cause a lot of damage, which, if you had not informed the Insurance Company of you anti-theft measures could hold you responsible for the damage.
 
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