• Tips to avoid getting jacked •

Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by bumpnSdime, Oct 11, 2002.

  1. bumpnSdime

    bumpnSdime Guest

    Saw this over at termpro


    • ALWAYS use common sense. Don't 'bump' where you live, esp. if you live in an apartment
    • If at all possible, avoid putting any stickers on your car (be it performance or audio) they just scream "steal me! steal me!"
    • If you go to car shows/soundoffs, I suggest removing your license plate temporarily. This will at least make it hard for people to remember your car is packing what gear(s)
    • Consider getting dark limo tint and car cover. Remember - out of sight, out of mind.
    • when you go to a mall or a store, turn down your system at least 2 miles BEFORE you get there. When a thief hears you bumpin down the road, he will follow you till you park and jack your equipment when you leave. Anybody who's desperate for money will do ANYTHING to steal something.
    • Please Please Please install an alarm. I know about 30 people who pack thousands of dollars worth of competition-grade Audio Equipments in their SPL vehicles and they don't even have a $100 car alarm How stupid can you be..
    • 'modify' your car alarm.. It might be an overkill, but I'll install 10 additional siren around the car - two inside the hood, two underneath beside the cat, two in the trunk, and four in the cabin. Thieves don't have enough time to cut all those wires while they're blaring 130bD.
    • I betcha right now I can guess where you all have your alarm brains.. they're under the dash. right? that thing can be disabled in less than 5 seconds! Don't be a fool, move that brain somewhere hidden. Mine has mixed wire colors and false wires all around, Not even a professional installer can unload it.
    • modify your Kickpanels to hide the hood release latch under the dash. Mine is covering the whole thing so you will have to reach inside the kicks to pop the hood. One time I took it in for an oil change it took the guy about 10 minutes to figure out where the hood release is This is extremely important so that the thief can't disconnect your +12 source and disable your alarm.
    • I can't emphasize enough how extremely important security screws are. These are oddly-shaped head screws that you can get from any hardware store. Nearly ALL thieves carry a flat screwdriver and/or phillips screwdriver all the time. A hex or square head screw will definately slow them down. If your amp is bolted to the amp rack like this, there's NO WAY they can take your equipment.. but make sure your amp rack is bolted as well.
    • Ask your insurance provider if they can cover your equipment.
    • Be careful on who you show your system to... remember that every person is a possible thief. Even people who post here.
    • Don't leave anything "interesting" inside your car (cellphone, jewelry, heck even a quarter) this will only attract passerbys that can possibly lead to theft.
    • make sure all your fuses are good and have the right rating. Moreover, make sure your equipments are FUSED. In worst case scenario, after an equipment is stolen, wirings short out literally putting the car on fire.

    The next time you roll down the parking lot, remember to keep them bass down cause having a system is like having sex--- you'll never know when you're gonna get jacked
     
  2. bumpnSdime

    bumpnSdime Guest

    Additional Tip: For those of you with websites about your ride... BE CAREFUL! That website can easily turn into a 'shopping catalog' for a thief. Try not to list personal information on the site (ie what city you live in, what school you go to). If you have any pictures of your ride, always blot out the licence plate. Also, if you have your own domain name try to use a different mailing address then the one your car is located at (ie Use a PO Box). Remember that's public information and can easily be obtained by doing a "WhoIs" report (http://www.netsol.com/cgi-bin/whois/whois).

    ALSO-- Manual fuel cut off switches.....hey they cost a freakin dollar. Invest in them. Its a simple cut and splice between the fuel pump line and will piss the hell out of anyone attempting to move your car.

    Speaking of the hood, Hiding the hood pop switch is a step in the right direction but will only stop petty kids who are just f'ing around in the game. The real vulnerabillity is in the line that connects the lever to the hood pop mechanism...in most cars these are routed throught the driver side fender. Pull the plastic molding back strip the insulation and get a plier to pull the wire inside and POP ....you have an open hood.
    solutions? reroute the wire somewhere else or add additional lines to confuse.

    The main point is no matter what you cannot stop someone from getting into your car. You can SLOW them but not totally stop. There are big holes in the side of the car covered with glass....i believe people call these windows. Since it is imposible you to stop someone from getting in one should focus on slowing them down as much as possible as well as preventing the moving/disabling of the car.

    An expensive alarm won't do much for you. They are all the same with some added bells and whistles. All you really need is a starter kill, and dual stage siren....an expensive alpine alarm with LCD screens does not do anything if it can be yanked from under the dash.

    BUY A PEDAL LOCK
    [someone] has thought many hours about this and still have yet to figure a way around it. The infomercial is correct. That pedal is made of some hard freakin steel. And even if you could manage to break the pedal off youd have to sit with your ass facing either up or our of the car for a long period of time....not something smart to risk..

    Record time sawing through a steering wheel....48 seconds.

    I don't know if alarm stickers (such as "Protected by Viper", etc) is a good idea or not. Some say it's a good deterrent, some say it makes it easy for code scanners to 'unlock' your code. If somebody knows more about this issue, please shed some light...

    Another security feature that you can get is Wheel Locks. http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/e...item=1846139244 I don't know yet if it can be defeated, but it's worth a try.

    LoJack is also a good investment. Although they run around $600 installed, you might get something in return from your insurance company just for having it. Also see 'peace of mind'

    IMO, the *only* equipment that you cannot protect is your subwoofers. Whether you put a grille or not, if a thief can't pull it out, he will stab it with screwdriver. (reconing a sub is way cheaper than replacing it)
     
  3. wet1

    wet1 Guest

    Good advice given above. I have had attempts to take tires and rims. The locks were hidden inside the hub cover. They took the covers but the rims and tires were still there. (Vibration sensor was turned off at the time).

    I was hit again for the stereo at another time and place. Since I no longer own that vehicle, I will talk about it. Because of large trucks the vibration sensor was always off. This person knew vehicles and how to enter without making a mess or taking to much time. I won't go into how. They opened the door, popped the hood, and clipped the siren wires. They wanted the head unit. Only I had taken the covers off while the equipment was new and bolted the covers together. I had also installed the head unit by the sides inside the dash and not with the standard retainer knob mounts. They kept the knobs to let me know they wanted it. They did manage to get one amp out of three. They cut the seat cable and pried it off the floor under the seat. However they did not get the wiring harness so it didn't do them much good. I had removed the bench seat to do the amps install. The insurance company paid off within 3 days. Don't make life easy for a thief or they will make it difficult for you.
     
  4. oh one last thing, add this to your tips:

    • REMOVE YOUR STEREO'S FACEPLATE!! After parking and before leaving the car. Some car stereo owners don't even bother removing their aftermarket headunit's faceplate which is waiting for would-be thieves to possess. (Not applicable to those that own a headunit in which the face 'flips' into the dash).
     
  5. M-1000

    M-1000 COME FLY AWAY

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    damn... im gonna have to be careful when i get my car/system :eek:
     
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    And don't just take it off and put it under your seat or in the glove box, thieves will look in those spots.
     
  7. Waddup you?

    Waddup you? OT Supporter

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    my laziness paid off for a thief that stole my system. I take the extra time to remove the faceplate and put it in the case to bring with me when I exit the vehicle.
     
  8. About two years ago my cousin's Toyota Camry almost got jacked in his driveway at his house; he lost the amp, subwoofer encosure/subs, bowling balls, and tools. Later on, his stereo headunit's faceplate got stolen. I told him many times to remove your unit's faceplace and take it with you before you leave the vehicle, but he didn't listen.
     
  9. Re: • Tips to avoid getting jacked •

    The best car alarm to consider buying is Clifford, cuz one of their models carry an anti-carjack feature called, "BLACKJAX" in which the system sets a 'trap' by blaring the alarm and flashing the vehicle's lights which immobilizes your car after a thief drives off with it. I might buy that for my mom's car -- '89 Toyota Camry, cuz it's a 'hot' car for thieves.
     
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  10. flynfrog

    flynfrog Cool isnt Cheap

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    remeber stealth is the key keep every thing as hiddine as possible
     
  11. Waddup you?

    Waddup you? OT Supporter

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    safety wire

    :bigthumb:
     
  12. Blackz28

    Blackz28 OT Supporter

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    Those are all awesome tips and everyone should follow em, but you gotta realize that if someone wants your car/stereo/rims/etc bad enough, they will get it.
     
  13. there are a lot of "ricerboy" (modded) cars found at my campus which are prone to theft.
     
  14. the key here is.... IF THEY DON'T KNOW ITS THERE, they won't want it :big grin::big grin::big grin:
     
  15. flynfrog

    flynfrog Cool isnt Cheap

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    Why do people put steal me stickers on there cars

    its hmm why not leave the doors unlocked and take the deck out so that they dont ahve to break the window
     
  16. daNattyFatty

    daNattyFatty New Member

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    another good tip is get a pager system that has a tilt sensor. this way you can be alerted when you're car is being jacked up. ie. wheels being stolen, or whole car being put on flatbed truck
     
  17. SenenCito

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    Very nice advice here
    Thanks for the tips
     
  18. Zimmy76

    Zimmy76 I like my beer like I like my violence, domestic

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    The sticker might work with someone who doesn't know what there doing. I had a civc, and never put the sticker from viper on it. One night some kids tried to steal my car, they shattered the quater glass and the alarm went off, at that point they took off. The next week I put the stickers protected by viper and my civic wasn't touched again. But I also started parking in the driveway, and not on the side of the road.

    You will have to check into LoJack, I'm not sure but you might want to try www.lojack.com but they only cover certain states. I looked into them and they didn't cover missouri at that time.

    One tip I have, probably commen knowledge, but try to park your car where there will be light on it, and not to far away from everything else. If you have a driveway park it there, instead of the side of the road.

    There have been some great tips here, I'll have to email them to myself for when I get my next nice car.
     
  19. The Kenwood deck in my Saturn has a blinking light (when the faceplace is removed) which 'fools' (a) would-be thief(ves) that my system is disabled, does that light really drive them away?
     
  20. STA

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    Unfortunately I know people that do steal cars and shit from cars. Keyword "know", not hang out with them. They say the biggest detterent is a really really loud siren, or better yet several of them. Most of the time if it's that loud they will run. It is best to take other precautions as well though.
     
  21. DNMonty

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    I had my stereo stolen from the past 3 cars I've had.

    81 Tercel limo tint windows. Someone saw me driving home, showed up @ 4 am and broke my trunk open and emptied the car. Took amps and sub then entered the car through the trunk and took the rest. No insurance coverage (lesson learned)

    88 Jetta flashy chrome (it was on the car when I got it and wasn't easily removable). Busted rear door vent window and unlocked door, took screwdrivers to dash to remove CD player, didn't follow the RCA cables to find out what was in the trunk since the alarm was blaring in my work parking lot in the middle of the afternoon. Insurance replaced it with a better CD unit but the dash and window cost over $1000 (total cost $250 deductible for a brand new dash and better CD in a old car) lesson learned - reduce deductible to $100

    Same 88 Jetta, someone walked down my street and broke into about 15 cars in one night, mine was the only one with an alarm so it was the last (mostly old people on my street)
    Broke my trunk lock and got nada. Was trading the car in in a month anyways. Insurance replaced the trunk and repainted the car to make the finish match. $100 deductible for a new paintjob increasing the value of the car @ trade-in time. :bigthumb:

    98 Golf bone stock, everything hidden. nothing flashy not even window tint. Someone popping cars in the parking @ work, different place (inner city, IBNiggaStoleMy....) Broke driver side window, leaning in with screwdriver and pliers ( I know because the were left behind) never opened the door. My dumb-ass left my faceplate on since it was now a 4 year old CD player and I was lazy. Alarm never went off @ all, someone came in and said my hazard flashers were on, musta hit the button on the way out. Insurance covered everthing and replaced it with a new Alpine.
    My 00 Passat, everything hidden, much more conservative about where I turn it up, and now I own a house I can park it in my garage. :big grin: Nobody has touched it yet, hope I'm finally done with dealing with these nitwits.
     
  22. Always make sure to remove your stereo's faceplate & take it with you. (see my first post of this thread regarding removing the faceplate).
     
  23. DNMonty

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    I always do now, even when locked inside my garage. :big grin:
     
  24. Swoop411

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    I used to live in the barracks on base. I always parked my truck under a street light, next to the road in a parking lot directly across from the base headquarters and had my tail lights stolen. Several days later a guy with a flashy civic hatch had his ride stripped of everything. I now have better insurance coverage and dont have anything in my car that I couldnt live without if it were to be stolen. My grandfather used to tell me that locks and alarms only keep out the "honest" theives.
     
  25. UncleGene

    UncleGene And when I say brother, I don't mean, like, an act

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    my old civic had a couple dents on the trunk lid and a couple scratches on it so it looked pretty junky and people would think, "the guy can't even take care of his car there is no way he'd have anything nice in his car." No one ever messed w/ my ID MAX :big grin: :bigthumb:
     

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