My 1st rule.. dont show your stuff off to anyone. Word gets around, and so do the crooks.
2011 Nissan Frontier SL
AMD X3 2.2 | M4-ATX | 16Gb SSD | 2GB DDR3-1333 | MSI GF615M-P33 MB
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Ugh that has to be a bad feeling. I installed a pager alarm (in silent mode) in 1989 on a Mitsubishi pick up. I had a Dennon deck, with amp and subs, back lit liquid crystal tv, and a speech enabled cobra radar detector with a modified heads up display in the windshield. I was on the phone describing the alarm to a friend when the pager went off. Annoyed at first I realized this was not a drill the alarm had been activated. I ran outside to find my truck intact, however my girlfriend’s car had been broken into and her radar detector had been stolen. Long story short we identified the guy and he had to pay restitution. There is a story about a mtion sensor IR cam that can do a screen capture and send a pic and text to a phone. This may be a modern approach to my crude alarm that worked so well 20 years ago... really I don't feel that old.
If somebody wants something that bad they will get it.
Complete stealth is virtually impossible ... what are you going to do at red lights and the person next to you sees your system?
What was it ??? I think it was the iphone that would take pictures of the perp and send them off somewhere. There is also software that phones home when perp tries to use the net.
hmmm, how about a dongle that when is no longer connected sets off a set of instructions in the pc to follow up on?
+1 on cam to record all events when car is in panic mode
"stop with the REINSTALLS, what do you think we got some lame-o installer!!!" - mitchjs
this wont prevent theft but it will get you back some im puting this in mine and btw either way back up your data every week or when you get something realy hard done that not the thing here it is cameras im already puting one in my stearing whele and il put one on the mirors in the trunk and in the glovebox door have a program that records a video or takes pictures or both (videos better) and sends it to your email like streams it incase it gets cutoff and use a rocket internet stick or a phone any thing that will work where you are and a cheap alarm to if you cant stop them arest them with evadence and if that doesent work find them an "get it back"
my guess is op's car is nice looking. there are a lot of days i want to buy a new truck, but most often its WAY too cool to have $2k worth of technology crap in my car and most people would never even know i upgraded the radio.
like said already- keep your system looking OEM for one. this is exactly why i didnt install my lcd in a fixed, always showing position. i made mine slide out from the dash... a lot more work but now i never worry about my truck looking high tech.
that, and the 10,000 scratches and patches of rust all over really help take away the appeal i dont care, i keep throwing money at all the mechanicals- the suspension, engine parts and whatnot.... so it will always run like new even if it looks like a 20 year old beater.
A few years ago, my car got broken into. I had my screen sorta ghetto-rigged in my dash (i.e. it was easy to just pull out) and one day it was just gone. They took the touchscreen and snipped the VGA and power cables, and they also took the head unit out of my glove box (yeah...my glove box ). The funny thing - they probably won't know what the heck to do with the screen. The worst part - this happened like 2 days before i was to drive 18 hours back home from school. I ended up buying a cheap HU at best buy, and had my laptop in the passenger seat supplying music/entertainment.
3 lessons learned:
a) Always leave your doors locked.
b) Spend the time to mount your stuff in a more permanent matter.
c) Never trust a college campus (no matter what religion it is affiliated with. This happened at a Christian school)