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  • Difficult to steal? discuss thefts here!

    I'd like to hear some input from people who have had their stuff stolen or *know* of someone who has stolen stereo equipment.

    Like everyone else I'm worried about getting my **** jacked however I think this equipment will be very difficult and time consuming to steal as much of it will be bolted to the frame, which brings me to my next question is how do theives work to remove so much equipment and how long does a typical theft take? What are the best ways to deter thieves from either attempting to take yo **** or actually taking it?

    I'm considering wiring a bright light that opens when either of the doors open to deter thieves and take away the cover of darkness in which most of these thefts take place. The other solution would require some chlorine tablets,bleach and a large circulation fan mounted under the dash.

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    We've had a member who had his LCD stolen from his bimmer. But the install looked so nice that the theif probably thought that it was real deal
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    • #3
      Judging from the fact that when my brother had his LCD and tachometer jacked, the average thief that'd take car parts (versus stealing + choping the entire vehicle) is pretty stupid and could care less if the goods are damaged beyond use. Although the LCD was hardly in there at all, the thief just cut through the wires (appearently not noticing that they were attached to simple plugs that would pull out) and literally ripped the tachometer from the dash. The guy was caught, but my brother still hasn't gotten his stuff back (this was over a year ago). This incident happened in the parking lot of Wal-Mart, my brother was just going to pop in and grab something quickly, and didn't lock his doors.

      which brings me to my next question is how do theives work to remove so much equipment and how long does a typical theft take?
      Less than 30 seconds I'd guess. However, they'll likely have prying tools, and don't care about your stuff, or the amount of money they could get for it, if it was in nice condition, instead of simply ripped out. Quantity over quality.

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      • #4
        It is not possible to stop your car or contents from being stolen. What you can do is slow down the thief and possibly deter the PITA thiefs. Like the guy mentioned by tom61...the moron who cuts stuff up and makes it unusable for both parties. Just as you said secure items as solid as possible. The harder it is to get out the longer and less likely they are going to take the time to get the parts out. I like to use odd fasteners like torx bolts or allen bolts. Something that a thief is not likely going to carry with him.Try to make items look factory and hidden. Your idea of lighting the interior is a good one. Anything that will slow the guy down is good.

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        • #5
          it takes five seconds tops to break into most vehicles (with a jimmy, or just breaking in), and less than ten seconds to rip out the average stereo (if you know what youre doing)... whatever you can do to deter theft is all the better... tint your windows, get an alarm, park in visible illuminated areas... etc.
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          • #6
            Typically they will operate at night (if they're smart). They will break in a window (smaler window if they're nice), jump in the car, use a screwdriver to pop out the overhead light (so they can't be seen), then do their work.

            to remove equipment, they usually won't try to unbolt anything. They will use whatever they can to literally rip the system out of the vehicle. If you have an indash setup, they will rip the crap outta the dash to get at whatever's inside.

            To be honest with you, I don't bolt my stuff down. You can figure that if someone wants your stuff bad enough, they will get it. I figure if they get into my car, they might as well get my stuff without having to cause more damage. Thats just my philosophy.

            Remember, car alarms just keep the honest people honest. If you have a real theif that's interested in your stuff, they'll jack it faster than u'll here your alarm and can get to the car.

            I have my entire car stolen when I was living in Milaukee WI going to school. My girlfriend at the time had her cheap *** head unit stolen outta her car. The guy cut himself on the dash and left some drops of blood in the car. The evidence unit too the piece of dash and was able to catch the person using their own blood.
            A roommate of mine had his head unit jacked while in Milwaukee. Also, about a year ago I had my in dash screen jacked while working at Sears. Talk about cheap, they knew I was working and wouldn't find out until after my shift.

            Talk about bull****, coming out late at night, finding my window busted out and stuff jacked. Took my cell phone too - lost all my personal numbers from when I was at school in Milwaukee.....
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            • #7
              Those whom wanna steal your **** would do anything to your car to get it out. Like mine, for example, they broke into my rear passenger window, stole the subwoofer, wires were pull out. A month later, they broke into my driver side windows, ripe the whole dashboard off with the LCD molded into it. And then the center console were ripe too, they even unplug my alarm ( was a ****ty alarm before).
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              • #8
                I know a guy that lifted an amp an JL sub from this dickhead at school, using a pair of wire cutters. Took him all of 45 sec.
                To deter theifs I recommend bolting what you can down with hard to see/reach bolts. Lock your doors and make sure it cant be popped open. I help my buddy get into his car by shoving a stick between his weatherstripping and window and hitting his powerlock button. Alarms are are crap. Everyone zones them out and 99% of the time you cant hear them. Dark tint and a stock apperance help. People might see someone working on getting into your car and see it as they left their keys inside. Park up front so it looks like you'll be out any second. If at all possible get very strong windows. Installing door poppers are a handy way of opening your doors as well as preventing jimmy-ing of your latch.
                Scratch your car to help and primer iit in random spots, kick in a few dents, snap off the antenna, and put on stock wheels with one hub cap on each side missing, a dark tint kit from Wal Mart (must have air bubbles) and Garfeild Cat in the window best results. You can have a hoopdy on the outside and the Pimpest ride inside, no one will know.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by kirbycope
                  Scratch your car to help and primer iit in random spots, kick in a few dents, snap off the antenna, and put on stock wheels with one hub cap on each side missing, a dark tint kit from Wal Mart (must have air bubbles) and Garfeild Cat in the window best results. You can have a hoopdy on the outside and the Pimpest ride inside, no one will know.
                  Good advice! I'm going out to my car right now to kick in the side. CAusing $3000 in body damage is well worth protecting my $1000 system.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by xBrady
                    Good advice! I'm going out to my car right now to kick in the side. CAusing $3000 in body damage is well worth protecting my $1000 system.
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                    • #11
                      Great responses, I'm curious to know if theives are using the stereo equipment for themselves or if they are turning them over quickly for cash? If that is the case it who is buying this stuff?

                      I'm seriously considering building a strobe light in the car to distract and deter thieves, Does anyone have any advice on where to start?
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                      • #12
                        Great responses, I'm curious to know if theives are using the stereo equipment for themselves or if they are turning them over quickly for cash? If that is the case it who is buying this stuff?

                        I'm seriously considering building a strobe light in the car to distract and deter thieves, Does anyone have any advice on where to start? Has anyone created any homebrew anti theft devices???
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                        • #13
                          Speaking of breaking in to the car.
                          Well tonight i had ****test night ever my car got broken in to in front of my University in this little street where i parked it.

                          Some dumb **** stole my Liliput and my console as i had it nicely mounted in. but idiot didnít know where my computer was so luckily only thing that was stolen was LCD and my Remote control. GRRR SO ANGRY...
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by c4shm0ney
                            Great responses, I'm curious to know if theives are using the stereo equipment for themselves or if they are turning them over quickly for cash? If that is the case it who is buying this stuff?
                            Either another crackhead or some kid who lives in their hood. I had "friends" in my neighborhood who always came up with stereos and amps and bikes out of nowhere. And my bike disappeared, too. If they really want it theyll keep it, its just circumstance/opportunity.

                            I'm seriously considering building a strobe light in the car to distract and deter thieves, Does anyone have any advice on where to start? Has anyone created any homebrew anti theft devices???
                            You could just make a single flashing led, and compliment it with a viper warning sticker. Then it will look as though you have an alarm, without spending more than 10 bucks.
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                            • #15
                              Piezo speakers mounted under the dash with hidden wiring can be a great deterrant to wouldbe thieves. Nothing like having your ears bleed while you try to rip that stereo out. Plus the more time they spend looking for the $5 piezos is less time they have for stealing your stuff.
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