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Discussion in 'Safety & Security' started by pos_clunker, Oct 21, 2006.

  1. pos_clunker

    pos_clunker Guest

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    It’s not as sexy as ICE or some savage rims are, but with all the people who’ve lost their car to theft recently, I thought I’d ask. What are you doing to protect your car from theft and/or vandalism?

    Currently...
    .detachable faceplate
    .locking gas cap
    .park in well-lit, high visibility areas away from bad streets as much as possible
    .stock security alarm
    .wheel locks

    Considering...
    .battery disconnect switch with fused bypass http://www.escortfocus.com/html/battery_disconnect.html

    Let's try to raise awareness of this often overlooked aspect of automotive modding. I think the ICE forum is way underutilized and undervisited when it comes to talking about security and safety.
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    pos_clunker Guest

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    You don’t necessarily have to list what you are doing or plan on doing, but at least toss out some ideas.
  3. S-scort-Wagon

    S-scort-Wagon FEOA Donator

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    mines up on jack stands with no motor. hows that for security... lol

    seriously though, i ALWAYS keep the car clean on the inside, as in, dont leave anything in the car. even if you THINK nobody would want it.

    the saying goes, "one mans trash is another mans treasure" so dont leave anything lying around. cuz the possibility of someone breaking into your car to steal something random.

    and window tint is actually something that helps keep thieves away. <--- heard that one from my buddy who is a local police officer.

    AND also, i dont know if the escort has the blinking theft light, but my zx2 did. so always lock her up with keyless entry and have that red theft light blinking. that can fool folks into thinking there might be a decent security system.


    and also as stated above by POS. i always try to park in a well lit area, if possible, somewhere that i can see the car out of the window of my home, or whereever i might be.

    i know that sounds kinda paranoid, but id rather seem a little paranoid than be carless. :wink:
  4. onequikscort

    onequikscort New Member

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    compustar 2 way security system. going to wire in a fuel cutoff switch. ohh it sits in my garage all the time.

    chris
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    that EFP battery switch sounds like a good idea but it would be tiresome to open and close ur hood everytime to disconnect/connect the switch (especially if u have hood pins like me :lol: ) i was browsing the net for an electronic project that we have to do for our circuits class and i found a car alarm simulator that will make thieves think that u have an alarmn

    http://www.electronickits.com/kit/complete/surv/vemk126.htm

    just figure i post :wink: it as an idea
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    I got a noise alarm and an O2 pistol with copper bb's. I'm surgical with that little thing so any thieves will have about 15bb's up his/her arse. :twisted:
  7. S-scort-Wagon

    S-scort-Wagon FEOA Donator

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    hahaha, surgical, i love it.
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    On the Wagon it will have a 2 starter kills, 1 fuel cut, GPS tracking and whatever else I come up with while I'm still putting it together.

    With the hatch, it didn't seem to matter that it was parked in a well lit area that should have been safe and was f'ing gated! 8O She's had an extra kill added in as well now. Don't want it to disappear again.
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    I've got tinted windows, I feel that if a potential thief cant see whats int he car, less likely to try to steal anything, plus even if they take a closer look I have a 95 egt with the cover thing when the hatch is closed, so everything is hidden completely.(subs/amps).

    Only thing showing is my eclipse cd player that has the supposed unstealable esn, which im sure could be stolen by the right person. My alarm has proximity sensor, shock sensor, and engine immobiliser, with 2 backup sirens hidden away.

    The cars parcked in my driveway right in view from my bedroom window, and the baseball bat is beside the front door, so im not too worried.

    Although one thing I'd be worried about is if they were careful enough and used a coathanger they could get in, I lock the keys in the car the other day and it took me like 15 seconds to get the door open.

    Perhaps some kindof small plate could be placed in the door to prevent it, I thought about looking into it but its too cold out and im lazy..
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    if you have the esn programmed. if it is stolen it cant be turned on. it can be stolen but if it is unplugged from power it will lock up.

    chris
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    my friend has that headunit and it does lock up completely. everytime you disconnect it and reconnect it you should have to imput a code to get it to work again. i believe it also has a gps tracker within the headunit
  12. pos_clunker

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    True, it’d probably just be worth it to just do it when you feel it's necessary rather than all the time.
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    I feel that the Escort nameplate on the car is all the theft deterrent that I need.
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    Amen to that......but mine are lead, it may not kill them now, but cancer is only a few years away.....
  15. S-scort-Wagon

    S-scort-Wagon FEOA Donator

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    LETS TRY AND GET THIS THREAD BACK ON TOPIC, IT COULD BE VERY USEFUL FOR SOME PEOPLE.


    Thank You.
  16. chubyboy

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    I remember hearing an Escort owner who was tired of getting his head unit stolen so he rigged up an alarm system with five electric Kenworth horns so if anyone tried to remove the H-unit, they would go off(inside the car). He had it happen once, but the h-unit didnt get removed and he never had it happen again...im thinking of doing something like that
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    BTW, did i mention that my main theft deterrents are the escort badge, a different color shitty painted left fender, and a dented right fender...oh, dont forget the 15Wx4 crappy Panasonic AM/FM/Tape head unit...
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    lol its funny this tread just poped up, my stepdads old school s-10 blazer just got stolen so we decided to add a killswitch but didnt want a toggle switch or something so we put a relay between the ignition swith and the starter relay so now you have to have the car in neutral to start the car. his truck had a neutral position switch and the wiring was right by the starter relay. I think the idea is pretty nice unless he decides to push the car.
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    Just because a stereo is unstealable doesn't mean they wont trash it in frustration. In my F-150 I did such a solid install of a deck that after using a pry bar and removal tools etc they didn't manage to even budge it. However he did steal the face plate and smashes the front of the unit so it would be inoperable, freaking moron, I guess he didn't realize the unit was soldered to the bracket. Also, keeping valuables such as amps and subs out of view is important, I have 1 amp under each seat and subs in the back of course covered by the hatch cover. I really don't think someone will want to steal an amp by first removing the seat then realizing the screws holding down the amp are custom made by me and they won't be able to budge it; the chrome surrounding "armour" also makes it impervious to blunt blows rendering it very hard for them to destroy in spite.

    Regards,

    - Jesse
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    by the way they sell the EFP switch at walmart (the same one too) thre on that battery modular in front of auto by the replacement terminals. and you can build a led flasher with a tranisitor a cap and a doide, Radio Shack also sells one for 5 bucks with batery holder and red led. just an FYI.

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