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    Default Wheel Locks / Club / Anti-theft Devices?

    I just found out that my neighbor got his Xenon lights stolen off his Infiniti G35, then a few houses down someone's Lexus LS430 was broken into (stole the Xenon lights too, may be the same people)...

    Then the thieves came back and stole tires/wheels and left the cars on bricks.

    This all happened within the past few days. So I was researching locks and stuff and was wondering, what anti-theft devices are highly recommended? And which are the most effective?
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    I've been looking at locks like The Club:

    http://www.winner-intl.com/default.a...Group/Home.htm

    Do they actually work well or just a deterrent?
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    check out Amazon
    search on Gorilla locks
    Gorilla Automotive or Gorilla tire locks

    try these urls....


    http://www.amazon.com/Gorilla-Automo...7368175&sr=8-5

    http://www.amazon.com/Gorilla-Automo...7368175&sr=8-1

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    Thanks, they've been hitting a lot of cars recently and leaving them on bricks.

    For some reason they aren't going after the high-end cars (Corvettes, BMW 7-series, etc.) but lots of Japanese cars are getting broken into.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jvc View Post
    Gorilla Automotive or Gorilla tire locks

    try these urls....
    How about the McGard Wheel Locks?

    www.mcgard.com

    I was thinking 5 different wheel locks (Gorilla, McGard, etc.) so the thieves would need 5 different sets of keys... ;)
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    Nothings fool proof. If they want it, they'll get it. Wheel & Brake Clubs, Locking Lugs and alarms make it more difficult, and sometimes work as a deterrent. I had my truck stolen a few years ago. Now I keep my Tacoma locked down with 2 Clubs. One on the steering wheel and another on the clutch pedal. I got an alarm and starter kill on it also. So far, so good. The less attractive the target, the better the chances are you won't become a victim. That's my .02.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keiko View Post
    The less attractive the target, the better the chances are you won't become a victim. That's my .02.
    Kinda like nothing will really stop a thief if they really want to steal your car, but I'm looking for the best deterrents if possible. :)

    Also I don't understand this - there were Jaguars, BMW's (M series and 7 series) parked in the same area and nobody touches those... but the Hondas/Toyota's/Infiniti's are more at risk? WTF?
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    Quote Originally Posted by appadv View Post
    Also I don't understand this - there were Jaguars, BMW's (M series and 7 series) parked in the same area and nobody touches those... but the Hondas/Toyota's/Infiniti's are more at risk? WTF?
    More popular on the black market. Camry's are a big target here. Same goes for light pickups. I was sick when my Nissan got jacked. If I ever find out who did it, I'll cut his hands off and feed him his nuts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keiko View Post
    More popular on the black market. Camry's are a big target here. Same goes for light pickups. I was sick when my Nissan got jacked. If I ever find out who did it, I'll cut his hands off and feed him his nuts.
    That's why I'm concerned. I'd think the expensive cars are more likely to get stolen, but I guess Nissans/Toyotas/Hondas are more popular amongst thieves.
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    Japanese brand car are usually bigger targets for parts because they could be interchangeable. I remember back in 02 when I got my TL and were constantly concerned about stolen HID headlights.

    The best anti-theft is just have it insured or secure your vehicle in a garage. Devices don't stop thieves, they just hinder a casual amateur thieves. Sounds like you are dealing with a group of pros.
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    Sure, devices don't stop thieves, but they do slow them down :)

    I'm thinking something like the following:
    1. Club / Steering wheel lock
    2. Wheel locks with different patterns
    3. Fuel pump cutoff switch

    They are all inexpensive and easy to install.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vlam View Post
    Japanese brand car are usually bigger targets for parts because they could be interchangeable. I remember back in 02 when I got my TL and were constantly concerned about stolen HID headlights.
    Now I understand. HID headlights came out recently though, I don't believe it's on older cars...
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    Heres what you do leave the windows down and unlocked then get a trained 200 lb Rottweiler and make that his doghouse at night. Or a house with a garage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zarrdoss View Post
    Heres what you do leave the windows down and unlocked then get a trained 200 lb Rottweiler and make that his doghouse at night. Or a house with a garage.
    None of the houses have garages around here.
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    Now I understand. HID headlights came out recently though, I don't believe it's on older cars...
    HID isn't really new anymore. Thieves used to steal HID because the aftermarket ones were expensive and there wasn't a lot of retrofit kits. A LS430 definitely has HID
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    Another thing these thieves have been stealing are navigation units and car stereos. Looks like those are popular too...
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    Then go with the dog, Or a good alarm and Lowjack be sure and smear the alarm and lowjack stickers all over, also might consider getting a motion detection controlled video camera and digital recorder for your home and driveway.

    Also never leave anything of value out in the open, the crackheads will smash and grab, I saw allot of that when I lived in Dallas
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    Move.
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    50,000 volts usually does the trick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by F1nut View Post
    50,000 volts usually does the trick.
    I like the way you think Jesse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by appadv View Post
    None of the houses have garages around here.
    Where is "here"? HID's are expensive, usually sold to body shops.

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    http://www.viper.com/

    pricey car security...

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    The best anti-theft device is to drive a rusted 1991 4-door Honda Civic. You can park anywhere and your car is guaranteed to be there when you get back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joeparaski View Post
    The best anti-theft device is to drive a rusted 1991 4-door Honda Civic. You can park anywhere and your car is guaranteed to be there when you get back.

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    We had a 1989 Nissan a few years ago and people still stole from it...

    Just articles left inside, good thing not the entire car.
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    Thanks for your advice guys, I got the following:

    1. Club for steering wheel
    2. Motion detector lights
    3. DPDT switch for fuel pump cutoff

    More ideas in the other thread...
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    Take the club back before you ever use it. It is one of the most worthless anti-theft devices in the market. It can be defeated in about 30 seconds or less. A total waste of money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shack View Post
    Take the club back before you ever use it. It is one of the most worthless anti-theft devices in the market. It can be defeated in about 30 seconds or less. A total waste of money.
    Did you see the other thread "Speak of the Devil"?

    They are stealing everything, deterrents just slow them down.
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