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messageCar broken into twice in past week
Posted by scrawford 20 November, 2019 21:48

Live on Kelmore Grove and someone keeps getting past security on my car and emptying any contents on seats. Thankfully nothing of value is in the car, as they cleared it of some valuables during the summer. Anyone else in the area having the same issue?

messageRe: Car broken into twice in past week
Posted by bels123 20 November, 2019 22:09

Buy a ‘car key signal blocking pouch’ from eBay, we had the same issue but this stopped them cloning the signal.

Or in the short term I believe wrapping in tin foil or putting key in the fridge has the same effect.

messageRe: Car broken into twice in past week
Posted by micromacromonkey 21 November, 2019 11:30

bels123 Wrote:
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> Buy a ‘car key signal blocking pouch’ from eBay,
> we had the same issue but this stopped them
> cloning the signal.
>
> Or in the short term I believe wrapping in tin
> foil or putting key in the fridge has the same
> effect.

Turn off this feature in the car's settings. It's more trouble than it's worth.

messageRe: Car broken into twice in past week
Posted by kford 21 November, 2019 12:35

What car is it? There's a spate of keyless entry thefts in the area, of SUVs.

messageRe: Car broken into twice in past week
Posted by scrawford 21 November, 2019 17:10

It’s an Audi. I realised the wife was leaving her car key in a handbag near the front door. Stopped! smiling smiley

messageRe: Car broken into twice in past week
Posted by Paradise2 21 November, 2019 18:34

Both our SUV’s have had the contents emptied recently. They only took loose change that was in mine, my partners was done a few weeks later and they took everything, 2 coats, dashcam, bag of polish etc that came with the car and the service history book. We live just off east Dulwich road opposite Tesco. We now have a ring camera outside the house which records any motion in the street. We have also put the keys in a back room instead of the living room at the front. Thanks to a previous post I have ordered some of the pouches to put them in



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit was 2019:11:21:18:34:57 by Paradise2.

messageRe: Car broken into twice in past week
Posted by micromacromonkey 22 November, 2019 13:41

Why does anyone have this remote theft setting enabled? Or is it simply not possible to disable it on some cars?

messageRe: Car broken into twice in past week
Posted by TartanLass 22 November, 2019 14:45

Also happened to my SUV near the Great Exhibition! I have gone into the car a couple of mornings this week to notice the dashboard telling me my boot was open. Wasn't until yesterday morning when all of the contents of my boot were on my back seat that I realised someone had been going through it on more than one occasion. Thankfully nothing of value was taken. Really grateful for advice on this forum around the car key issue! What a crazy world we live in.

messageRe: Car broken into twice in past week
Posted by Johnjohn 22 November, 2019 14:54

We had our car broken into last week, Tyrrell Road
Car cleaned out, nothing of value, but took everything including a charity donation box of clothes!!
We have a 'keyless entry' car, so am fully ware of the security issues with this.
Am thinking of getting a steering wheel lock
We simply assumed that following the theft we'd stupidly left the car unlocked for the night
I guessed that if they'd had a reading of the keyless code that they'd have just stolen the car.... am i wrong???
if we didn't leave the car unlocked, how did they get in and why wouldn't they have stolen the car???

Incidentally i hate the keyless feature, i have no idea what problem it is trying to solve.... It just creates a security problem

messageRe: Car broken into twice in past week
Posted by kford 22 November, 2019 16:29

We've had two keyless entry break-ins, with attempts to take the vehicle.

messageRe: Car broken into twice in past week
Posted by micromacromonkey 22 November, 2019 16:41

I guess with keyless entry it's easy to break in, but then if you drive off perhaps some car models will just stop once the key is out of range, making it rather useless? I know our car (2012 BMW) gets very upset if you switch it on and walk away with the key, I don't know how long before it takes executive action and turns off the engine (if at all).

messageRe: Car broken into twice in past week
Posted by binker 22 November, 2019 20:00

This happened to us sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning. On Devonshire Road. Car was locked automatically after so we only noticed because glove boxes, etc, had been opened and emptied. Police said they must have been disturbed or they would have stolen the car. They got away with Ł2 and missed the bag of gin in the boot!

messageRe: Car broken into twice in past week
Posted by TTW 24 November, 2019 21:40

This has happened to us repeatedly on Chadwick Rd, SE15. On several occasions we have caught the perpetrators on camera - one or two white males, always walking up the street towards Grove Park. Seems pretty endemic round here - many people don't realise it's happened because there's no sign of forced entry. We now have a faraday box and haven't been broken into since - annoying but the only solution given how rubbish the car companies have been in addressing it (VW in our case).

messageRe: Car broken into twice in past week
Posted by Willard 25 November, 2019 17:59

So am I right in thinking that this is only possible with the "keyless" entry type remotes? Can more conventional central locking remote keys (where you actually have to press a button as opposed to just approach the car) be cloned?

messageRe: Car broken into twice in past week
Posted by bels123 25 November, 2019 20:37

Nope, we have the one you describe (not keyless) and ours has been cloned and rummaged through 3 times before we got the pouches I recommend above.

messageRe: Car broken into twice in past week
Posted by twinhunters 26 November, 2019 07:42

My friend had same brand new car seat still in box as she’s pregnant, police told her to wrap keys in silver foil until she gets pouch recommended above . Mine was also done twice last year sad smiley .

messageRe: Car broken into twice in past week
Posted by rahrahrah 26 November, 2019 08:54

twinhunters Wrote:
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> My friend had same brand new car seat still in box
> as she’s pregnant, police told her to wrap keys in
> silver foil until she gets pouch recommended above
> . Mine was also done twice last year sad smiley .

Surely the car manufacturers have some liability for this? The keyless locking system is clearly not fit for purpose.

messageRe: Car broken into twice in past week
Posted by flynni 26 November, 2019 14:22

Our car has also been broken into this week.
All the contents of the door bins and glove compartment were all over the front seats.
They didn't want our sat nav - thankfully!

messageRe: Car broken into twice in past week
Posted by doogleflip 28 November, 2019 10:36

In our company we have had 2 vans broken into and tools stolen from the back. One attempted break in with holes drilled into the back doors. One set of ladders stolen off the roof bars and this morning, one of our engineers woke up to discover his front window smashed and sat nav / bag stolen.

All of these incidents have happened over the last 12 months. We're a family business. This is really upsetting.

messageRe: Car broken into twice in past week
Posted by Pugwash 28 November, 2019 11:35

I hope all these were reported to the police. Although they may not be able to do anything - they will be able to build a picture of the areas the thieves are operating in, the type of cars targeted, times etc. Some wards appear to have low crime figures but this could be that residents are not reporting incidents. More accurate figures could give police additional resources.

messageRe: Car broken into twice in past week
Posted by doogleflip 28 November, 2019 13:07

Pugwash Wrote:
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> I hope all these were reported to the police.
> Although they may not be able to do anything -
> they will be able to build a picture of the areas
> the thieves are operating in, the type of cars
> targeted, times etc. Some wards appear to have low
> crime figures but this could be that residents are
> not reporting incidents. More accurate figures
> could give police additional resources.


All reported apart from theft of ladders because in that incident the engineer forgot to chain them to the roof bars.

messageRe: Car broken into twice in past week
Posted by Sue 28 November, 2019 13:20

doogleflip Wrote:
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> In our company we have had 2 vans broken into and
> tools stolen from the back. One attempted break in
> with holes drilled into the back doors. One set of
> ladders stolen off the roof bars and this morning,
> one of our engineers woke up to discover his front
> window smashed and sat nav / bag stolen.
>
> All of these incidents have happened over the last
> 12 months. We're a family business. This is really
> upsetting.


Obviously I'm very sorry to hear this, and I really don't want to sound unsympathetic, but surely vans should be emptied of bags, tools, satnavs etc at night?

That's why you often see notices on vans "no tools left in this vehicle overnight", as otherwise these (expletive deleteds) will break in on the offchance.

messageRe: Car broken into twice in past week
Posted by micromacromonkey 28 November, 2019 13:30

Sue Wrote:
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> doogleflip Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > In our company we have had 2 vans broken into
> and
> > tools stolen from the back. One attempted break
> in
> > with holes drilled into the back doors. One set
> of
> > ladders stolen off the roof bars and this
> morning,
> > one of our engineers woke up to discover his
> front
> > window smashed and sat nav / bag stolen.
> >
> > All of these incidents have happened over the
> last
> > 12 months. We're a family business. This is
> really
> > upsetting.
>
>
> Obviously I'm very sorry to hear this, and I
> really don't want to sound unsympathetic, but
> surely vans should be emptied of bags, tools,
> satnavs etc at night?
>
> That's why you often see notices on vans "no tools
> left in this vehicle overnight", as otherwise
> these (expletive deleteds) will break in on the
> offchance.

And women with short skirts are asking for it?

messageRe: Car broken into twice in past week
Posted by doogleflip 28 November, 2019 14:03

Yeah we do deadlock our vans and engineers try not to leave stuff in the front on show but sometimes they forget, especially when we’re so busy at the moment. In last nights case they smashed the window and tried to unlock the back for tools but the engineer had deadlocked it so they just grabbed his bag instead, which he had left on his seat. It was just some personal stuff like gym clothes I’m told. The problem is people are chancers. “No tools on van sign” probs let wouldn’t deter them. Unfortunately...

messageRe: Car broken into twice in past week
Posted by Sally Eva 28 November, 2019 16:24

I've always wondered whether "no tools left in this van.........etc" doesn't just draw attention to the fact that the van is used to move tools and it might be worth breaking into to check if they have really gone

messageRe: Car broken into twice in past week
Posted by Sue 28 November, 2019 20:51

micromacromonkey Wrote:
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> Sue Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > doogleflip Wrote:
> >
> --------------------------------------------------
>
> > -----
> > > In our company we have had 2 vans broken into
> > and
> > > tools stolen from the back. One attempted
> break
> > in
> > > with holes drilled into the back doors. One
> set
> > of
> > > ladders stolen off the roof bars and this
> > morning,
> > > one of our engineers woke up to discover his
> > front
> > > window smashed and sat nav / bag stolen.
> > >
> > > All of these incidents have happened over the
> > last
> > > 12 months. We're a family business. This is
> > really
> > > upsetting.
> >
> >
> > Obviously I'm very sorry to hear this, and I
> > really don't want to sound unsympathetic, but
> > surely vans should be emptied of bags, tools,
> > satnavs etc at night?
> >
> > That's why you often see notices on vans "no
> tools
> > left in this vehicle overnight", as otherwise
> > these (expletive deleteds) will break in on the
> > offchance.
>
> And women with short skirts are asking for it?


That is completely different. As I'm sure you realise.

messageRe: Car broken into twice in past week
Posted by micromacromonkey 29 November, 2019 10:00

Sue Wrote:
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> micromacromonkey Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Sue Wrote:
> >
> --------------------------------------------------
>
> > -----
> > > doogleflip Wrote:
> > >
> >
> --------------------------------------------------
>
> >
> > > -----
> > > > In our company we have had 2 vans broken
> into
> > > and
> > > > tools stolen from the back. One attempted
> > break
> > > in
> > > > with holes drilled into the back doors. One
> > set
> > > of
> > > > ladders stolen off the roof bars and this
> > > morning,
> > > > one of our engineers woke up to discover
> his
> > > front
> > > > window smashed and sat nav / bag stolen.
> > > >
> > > > All of these incidents have happened over
> the
> > > last
> > > > 12 months. We're a family business. This is
> > > really
> > > > upsetting.
> > >
> > >
> > > Obviously I'm very sorry to hear this, and I
> > > really don't want to sound unsympathetic, but
> > > surely vans should be emptied of bags, tools,
> > > satnavs etc at night?
> > >
> > > That's why you often see notices on vans "no
> > tools
> > > left in this vehicle overnight", as otherwise
> > > these (expletive deleteds) will break in on
> the
> > > offchance.
> >
> > And women with short skirts are asking for it?
>
>
> That is completely different. As I'm sure you
> realise.

No, it is the same. It's called victim blaming. Crime is the fault of the perpetrator, not the victim.

messageRe: Car broken into twice in past week
Posted by fishbiscuits 29 November, 2019 11:52

Why is "Remove valuables from vehicles overnight" victim-blaming, while "turn off keyless entry" is not?

Drawing a comparison with either of these, and the profoundly offensive suggestion that women should dress a certain way to avoid attention, is really pushing it, even by this forum's sometimes bizarre standards.

(BTW, I agree with the precaution of removing valuables from vehicles.. but as a piece of advice, it's of limited value in hindsight)

messageRe: Car broken into twice in past week
Posted by yorksgirl 08 December, 2019 22:25

I was sitting in a people carrier (with obscure windows) on Underhill Road by the parade of shops last night when s.o. tried to break into the back. About 20 mins earlier had been badly hassled by a very aggressive man demanding money the minute I had stepped out of the car. Moved to ED in 1987, can't remember it was like this around SE22 - although SE15 was if anything worse then.

messageRe: Car broken into twice in past week
Posted by scrawford 09 December, 2019 18:37

Car broken into again last night....found a €2 coin on seat! Hopefully next time they might drop a tenner!! smiling smiley

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