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General Chat Thread, Top ten cars nicked last year. in General; 100 years down the side street Tardis in Metro form? *Edited to add. I once had a Metro. The gears ...
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    100 years down the side street
    Tardis in Metro form?

    *Edited to add. I once had a Metro. The gears were labelled as 1, 2, 3, E (for economy). I sold it after 2 months due to embarrasment and brought a Peugeot 205 GTI.

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    Yards. I meant yards

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    The one person that TRIED to steal my mums car (whilst I was driving it, with a policeman friend of mine), ended up with a sprained wrist as I wrist locked his knife hand, and smashed it against the door frame. He was then arrested later that day as he tried to carjack an unmarked police car!
    In the modern day i'm surprised he didn't sue you for loss of earnings, assault etc etc. Kind of the way things are going at the moment it seems

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    When someone has a knife, it is deemed reasonable force to do whatever it takes to get the knife out of their hand.

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    Some knuckledragging retard broke into my Astra MK3 while it was parked one night. Bent the door out, and unlocked it. Smashed the column after ripping the interior light out, tried to hotwire it.

    3 reasons he epically failed...

    1. It was an Automatic with a shifter interlock. No key, no shift release.
    2. It was a Phase2 with the V-Grille...with ECU integrated immobiliser.
    3. I had the fuel pump fuse on the book case.

    He then scattered the cars contents round the carpark before legging it. 7 cars were done that night, mine was the only one not nicked.

    I bent the door back in line, couple of dabs of paint. Set of locks for £7 from a breaker, new shroud for £1, couple of hours...back to normal.

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    Interestingly, you want to pay attention to how many key fishing incidents occur in your area. If a large number of vehicles get stolen from such incidents, you can get a discount from parking on the road. That way the thief has no guarantee that the car parked outside a house has the keys in the hall without prior observation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    When someone has a knife, it is deemed reasonable force to do whatever it takes to get the knife out of their hand.
    Especially if there is chocolate cake at stake.........

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    Quote Originally Posted by CAM View Post
    Interestingly, you want to pay attention to how many key fishing incidents occur in your area. If a large number of vehicles get stolen from such incidents, you can get a discount from parking on the road. That way the thief has no guarantee that the car parked outside a house has the keys in the hall without prior observation.
    tbh if you leave your keys near your front door and your car is knicked with them its your own fault at least put them in a drawer or something

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    Or leave an amusing set of fake keys in fishing reach, which when attempted to be used, emit an ear piercing alarm....hmmm.

    Edit: once fished the keys from the ignition of my locked MR2 once. Had to force the window down a crack, use a long welding rod to and push the key in and turn it, then unlock the door. Took ages!
    Last edited by 3s-gtech; 7th April 2011 at 05:32 PM.

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    I had to fish for my own keys once. It was 6-30 am in the winter. I was just on my way to the gym and accidentally locked my keys in the car. I was able to get a long cane from the garden and fish my wife's keys off of the stairs and unlock the door, otherwise I would have frozen to death.

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    I once had to explain to the police what I was doing at 1am outside my own house trying to open a Ford Escort with a bent coat hanger. The car belonged to me and my wife had locked the keys inside - both sets of keys......

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    The locking on my Chrysler Neon was getting so temperamental that I doubt someone could have stolen it even with the keys.

    Maybe that's why not many get stolen.

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    Looking at Dos Box's list, you'd think that Ford were still only using 20 differs on their locks!

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    My mum had her MK2 vauxhall astra stolen in about 2001. Was a sad day really, as before it was my mums car it was the family car, and took us on holidays all over the place throughout my teenage years. How a 1.4 Astra coped with 4 people plus luggage plus trailer tent on some pretty long drives I will never know, but it was a trooper and never let us down.

    Anyway, it was found abandoned about 10 miles away and recovered by the police, eventually written off by the insurance due to the damage done during the theft. The funny thing is they'd tried to steal the radio, but couldn't get it out - kudos to me for fitting it properly. Shame they saw the need to shove a screw driver through the front of it in their efforts thou, they didn't even have the front panel for it so god knows what they thought they could do with it if they got it out.

    Also had a very old golf I owned stolen once, for which I was pleased because I was trying to get rid of it. That was also found abandoned several months later.

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    My 1st car (4 years ago) was a 1990 mini, and 3 of my mates also had old minis as we found out we could get then cheap, good on fuel, fun to drive and most of all Classic Insurance about £350 a year for 18 years olds (they have since changed it to 25 + ) The key for my mini opened the other 3 minis doors and my ignition key would actually work on 1.

    Saying this I did however open the door on my mini with a piece of slate more then once



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