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WelshGas

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Thanks for the heads up - I was going to buy but this has seriously put me off - I think I will rent when I need a vehicle
:rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes: Seriously?

The number reported stolen compared with the number of vehicles on this Forum or the number sold in the UK, I think you are probably more likely to have your house burgled than your California stolen.
 
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Steering bar lock as a visible deterant, install your own tracker. It has probably been parked up for a while to see if it has one fitted. if spread enough on facebook this is usually when it gets spotted by someone.

Only noticed this today so could do with more exposure on social media
 
Meoncoast

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With respect California Ben nobody is going to drive off with my House.
No but they may break in when you are enjoying your rented van.
 
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How awful for you.

Reading reports like this make me wonder what additional measures I can put in place to prevent theft if someone gets hold of our keys.

I wish you luck in tracing its whereabouts.
I guess an immobiliser may help prevent this.
I am having one fitted on Monday
So sorry to hear of the loss.
 
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Good afternoon,

That is so terrible to hear. It is such a huge decision and occasion to buy and finally own the California. You should spend your time enjoying the van.

I never understood how people believe they have the right to take things away from others which have worked and saved hard to buy and enjoy what ever it is.

We live in the country and even though the van is my daily drive, now and then we take my wife's car and leave the van in front of the house. The keys are in a different room kind of hidden away, but nothing stops intruders to get into the house and search for them.

I had a look at Autowatch Ghost in Ireland, because I am interested to get it installed. But so far I have not found a company that a.) offers this solution and b.) that convinces me that they are a reliable company. If anybody is aware of a supplier and installer with a good reputation in the greater Dublin area, please let me know. :)

Regards,
Eberhard
hello Eberhard. If you hear of some way to protect our Cali from robbery in Ireland would you please let me know. I live in Leitrim. Thanks
 
Madhutter

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How awful to have suffered both the break-in and the loss of your new Cali, you must be relieved to hear your insurers are paying up quickly.

it must be off-putting to have lost it so soon after purchase but I would urge you to consider getting another as the pleasure of owning one and enjoying the freedom to roam is so great.

I read another posting of the theft of a newly owned Cali from Dartford so have put a Disklok on ours for daily use when out and about but also now considering the Ghost immobiliser. That and a lock up for when it’s not being used for a period...

All the best whatever you decide...
 
Karlos

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Peter so sorry to hear this, if you do decide to go down the conversion route our first van was a t6 conversion with a hilow roof so didn't look like a camper. Possibly worth considering but not a patch on an Ocean.
 
Eber123

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hello Eberhard. If you hear of some way to protect our Cali from robbery in Ireland would you please let me know. I live in Leitrim. Thanks
Good morning,

Yes, of course. I will talk to my VW dealer about this as well. I wonder if they can recommend something.

Regards,
Eberhard
 
Escargotine

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Glad to know that it ends well.
After reading this post, i put a cobra tracker.
Also, my insurance reimburses me what i paid for it, for 3 years.
My wish : never to need any of those services...
 
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I am so sorry to hear of the horrible situation you have been put through, I can only echo the views of others on this thread. Also it was good to see that the sh*te that you were put through did have a good outcome in the end with your insurance from comfort.

I did see that there are a lot of good suggestions as how to protect in the future, but where do you stop?
I like the idea of clamps locks etc, or even a chain around a wheel as I have on the bike. These just slow the theft by a few moments.
i have a stop lock pro elite, supposed to be one of the best but tests have shown defeated in 5 mins.
i have heard of vehicles being lifted up or dragged onto a loader.

Anyway I digress, I do hope Peter that you can soon put this episode to the back of your mind and hopefully find a replacement ready for the new year and get out there and enjoy.

kind regards
 
flying banana

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I'll keep my eye out. I've dug a moat around mine and filled it with crocodiles. Worth driving around to see if it's parked up somewhere though. Theybitren dump them a few hours to check for trackers
 
siosload

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Good morning,

Yes, of course. I will talk to my VW dealer about this as well. I wonder if they can recommend something.

Regards,
Eberhard
I wouldn't mind getting Autowatch Ghost on our van as well. If there aren't any reliable installers in Ireland, I wonder if there would be enough of us willing to commit and make it worthwhile for another installer to come over and do a batch of vans all at once. I'd be willing to commit.
 
clarinetbcn

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Hide the keys or take the ignition key with you perhaps. That is why women have handbags. I have a small hidden safe for spare keys etc.
Just a note, in Europe, men use handbags. Keys, phone, wallet = bulky awkward baggy clothing, e.g. shoulder bag to maintain a minimum of comfort and avoid homeless look.
 
sandy mcp

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Before we shipped our Cali to Aus I hid a little Tile (tracker) in a secret spot, the day it arrived in Melbourne, I received a message on my phone alerting me in an outer suburban address and not at the docks, After investigation I was told it had been moved to that location for quarantine inspection.
Not sure if the TILE works the same in UK but worth looking into Huh?
 
Taff Tenor

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Any recommended fitters Loz? I Googled around and found Immobiliserdirect but after all the horror stories on here want to make sure our Cali doesn’t get damaged as a consequence of fitting.

Cheers

Taff T
 
Loz

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Any recommended fitters Loz? I Googled around and found Immobiliserdirect but after all the horror stories on here want to make sure our Cali doesn’t get damaged as a consequence of fitting.

Cheers

Taff T
They have regional fitters, give them a call.
I used Autoelec Glos. but he only does Gloucestershire
 

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