Stolen from a members garage in the South London/Kent/Surrey area overnight on Friday 14th February. Coupe - Colour is Zircon Blue with a non-standard white roof. Reg is YBM 522L If you have any information please call the owner, Ian Davidson on 0208 6573672.
I would advise hiding a tracker unit on each car. There are several on the market for somewhat under £100. There ought to be an insurance discount for doing so, maybe something the Club should think about.
In my membership I remember 2 Rovers stolen, one from a lock-up near the M25 and 1 off the street in daylight in Brighton. I suggested then that the club might investigate terms for trackers. My information was that there is a cost per unit per car and then an annual monitoring fee so in my case it would be expensive. Perhaps an insurer discount might off set this but needs investigation. tv police documentary dramas show hot Range Rovers etc located in minutes
Sadly these days if they want it they will take it. No amount of security will stop the determined thief.
Having had a car with Tracker fitted i can confirm they are expensive to keep active. I suppose its all down to how much you value your car albeit taking lots of preventative measures to box in your pride and joy always helps but if they really want it they will have it in the end.
Lets hope its found intact and soon but knowing todays thief its either on a ship heading to Africa or in a million bits by now being sold on ebay.
I have a cheap and more private tracker such that your location is not stored or shared on someone else's server. This also requires a mobile phone hidden somewhere in the vehicle and the phone needs gps capability. I use a free app called MacroDroid which is configured to send location information by SMS when the phone receives a text containing a 'secret' word. It send gps coordinates and a Google Maps link to locate the phone ( and the vehicle). The phone has to have a permanent USB power connection and I use a pay-as-you-go SIM card whose credit does not expire after a time period. I also use this on my everyday phone in case I lose it. I know that Google can do that for you but I try to live in a 'Google free' zone.
I plan to install an alarm in my P5 and link it to this system so that if the alarm is triggered the phone will send a location text message to me every few minutes.
There are simple options available to dissuade thieves. The primary goal is to make it very difficult to start/move the car.
1. If the car has an electric fuel pump (always a good idea) fit a hidden switch. 2. Ground the ignition system. A hidden switch and wiriing that grounds the negative side of the ignition coil. 3. Wire the horn into the ignition circuit. Secret switch. As soon as the ignition coil is activated the horn blares! This will keep you alert prior to starting the car. 4. Remove the rotor button.
Wire in a combination of the above. Eg. Options 2 & 3.
* Thieves...unless you're very distant from your car do not want to hang about or muck about with multimeters checking the circuitry.
Post by Roy of the Rovers on May 23, 2020 8:07:45 GMT
I dont think thieves generally bother with starting the cars nowadays.. they just turn up with a flatbed and drag it on. Job done and away. Personally I angle the wheels when parked and fit a steering lock as well as other methods. Anything to make it harder to be towed and take longer.