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Burglary and car theft

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
There's a lot of talk about burglary and car theft today on the threads - I was wondering how many of us have been a victim of burglary, perhaps some of you can share your stories, how it happened, when and the outcome - perhaps some of your experiences will help us to be more aware in the future - one of the guys mentioned someone broke into his home and stole the car keys whilst he was sleeping and made off with his car - this is something I've come across before (not personally) and ever since I keep my car keys in my bedroom at night.

The only major incident I came across was at Uni when two guys tried to steal my friend's 205 GTi - he caught them in the act so to speak and used a weight lifting bar to chase after them - they got away by speeding off in their own car, but not before he'd managed to smash out some of their windows ... he called the police and they thought it was quite funny!!

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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I used to live in the middle of nowhere in a tiny street which noobody even knew existed. My step-dad had a VW Corrado which was sooooo cool and one night someone broke into the house, stole the car keys (absolutely nothing else), reversed my mum's Saab off the drive, took the Corrado and then put the Saab back.

    Crazy. We never saw that gorgeous little car ever again.

    It was just sooo scary to think that we'd obviously been targeted just for that car and they must have been watching all our movements and stuff. eww
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by candy
    I used to live in the middle of nowhere in a tiny street which noobody even knew existed. My step-dad had a VW Corrado which was sooooo cool and one night someone broke into the house, stole the car keys (absolutely nothing else), reversed my mum's Saab off the drive, took the Corrado and then put the Saab back.

    Crazy. We never saw that gorgeous little car ever again.

    It was just sooo scary to think that we'd obviously been targeted just for that car and they must have been watching all our movements and stuff. eww


    I can't believe they put the Saab back to it's orignal position - maybe to not arouse neighbours. I think new Peugeots have a key pad as well so even if you have the keys to the car you need to know the code to start the engine - which I think is a good idea.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    A few years back I fitted a CD player to my motor. With a removable unit (before removable fascia's. Yeah, it was that long ago :p )

    Anyways every night I would take the unit into my house. One night, for some unknown reason I put the unit under my seat. Woke up the next morning to find that my window had been smashed (Ever replaced an electric window? Pain in the arse!) and the unit stolen. But not only that. They had also used the toolkit I had in the car to remove the housing, cables and speakers. Plus the cd case in the boot with my CD's.

    Oh and the toolkit. :mad:

    The way I see it was it couldn't have been opportunist. I lived in a cul-de-sac at the time. So no "passing trade". Plus I normally took the unit in with me. I get the feeling that someone knew I had the CD player (As I said was a while back when CD players were still very expensive for cars) and targeted me.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    A friend of mine had a really expesnive CD system fitted to his car - real top of the range stuff with tonnes of security protection on it to make it useless if stolen to most thiefs - It got stolen from his car the day after he had it installed.

    Part of the service he got when buying the unit was that someone comes to your home and fit the unit for you.

    He reckoned it was that installer or someone he works with that stole it cos he had all the security codes to the unit so if he stole it he'd have no problems using it.

    I bought a minidisc player for my car years ago from Argos and it came with free fitting - sod that I did it myself - didn't want some potential thief knowing where I lived.

    I reckon if you get one fitted then get it fitted at work or at a friend's house so they don't know your address and where to find your car at night.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by DiamondGeezer
    I reckon if you get one fitted then get it fitted at work or at a friend's house so they don't know your address and where to find your car at night.

    Great tip mate. I reckon that mine was nicked by the guy or someone he knew that fitted mine.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by NinjaMaster
    Great tip mate. I reckon that mine was nicked by the guy or someone he knew that fitted mine.

    Yeah also don't give your address when you buy , heck .. pay cash .. or get someone else to buy it and pay them back or something .. just hide your true details from them... I'm sure they often work in conjuction with the car thieves - I should also add my friend system came with a garentee from the manufacturer if it gets stolen they replace it for you so he got a new one - a few days later his car was burnt out infront of his own home - not sure if the car music system was missing first though. I wouldn't be surprised if it was the same guys again come to get the 2nd unit.


    It's the same thing in dodgy looking shops and resturants pay by cash if in doubt cos some waiters are paid to steal people's credit card details.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I've never been the victim of burglary but the thought of someone in my home actually fills me with rage!
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Had three cars stolen. The cars were all the same - Escort Cabrillays (sp?) and the same thing happened to them. Got stolen, all the alloy wheels, spoilers etc taken off, and then totally burnt. Would show the pictures of the remains but dont have a scanner!

    Also about 2 weeks ago on holiday, when my Dad was driving back from the Monacco Grand Prix he stopped at some traffic lights and three guys came, opened the passenger door and grabbed the bag on the seat :eek:
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    once somebody stole my fuzzy dice, and once my friends took my car (you dont need keys to drive it so they just drove it away) and once i was involved in stealing a hubcap :p and thats about it i think...
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by Young and sexy
    Also about 2 weeks ago on holiday, when my Dad was driving back from the Monacco Grand Prix he stopped at some traffic lights and three guys came, opened the passenger door and grabbed the bag on the seat :eek:


    I tend to like driving with both windows open and often have a bag with me - I try and put it on the floor rather then the seat or better still behind my own seat cos then you can't see it at all.

    In Africa they do something worsr then just stealing a bag - they have a very clever technique for going up to someone's car getting certain people to give them money - I won't post it here though cos I don't want the idea spreading and so far I've never heard of it happening anywhere except in Africa.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by DiamondGeezer
    I tend to like driving with both windows open and often have a bag with me - I try and put it on the floor rather then the seat or better still behind my own seat cos then you can't see it at all.

    In Africa they do something worsr then just stealing a bag - they have a very clever technique for going up to someone's car getting certain people to give them money - I won't post it here though cos I don't want the idea spreading and so far I've never heard of it happening anywhere except in Africa.
    Yeh thats what me and my mum do, put it out of sight, but we werent with my dad that day...he's not as clever as us ;)
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by Young and sexy
    Yeh thats what me and my mum do, put it out of sight, but we werent with my dad that day...he's not as clever as us ;)

    .. My Dad has finally gotten around to turning on his car alarm at night - don't know why he don't just do it when he gets out of the car - trouble is now the key is in his bedroom and it's harder to sneek out at night with out the 101 questions!! He's often blocking my car in so I need his key to move his car back!!
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