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Hi guys. Need some serious advice. My night black Q7 3tdi Sline was stolen from my driveway in June 2009. I have rebooked a white one now, to be delivered in the first or second week of november. Have requested the installation of Cobra 5, with gps and special fob. Still anxious as cobra would be post theft strategy. I came across biometric security including fingerprint and even retina. The pulse and fingerprint reading device also seems affordable than the more expensive retina versions. Has anyone tried this, do you think this is good? The link is www.automobile-security.com. The website appears amateur though. Am thinking to buy some mechanical locks for steering and tyres to use in my long absences.

Any other methods, devices to secure the car? Please advice.
 

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stolen as in how? Did they smash the glass and hotwire or use a key or summut? Also, this might sound a bit rude, but a good way of saving your car from thieves is to build a garage.
 

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It was a terrible experience. I reached home two hours after the incident which took place at about 3AM. I have now, learnt a lot about how these professional thieves work. My house was being watched the whole night as there was some activity (mother going up and down the stairs & feeding 4 month old babies) and when everything settled down, they were quick to break open the main door, grab the key from the lounge and vrooom. Sensing something odd, mother looked through the window and came downstairs to find the empty drive way.

My detached house does not have enough space that will allow me to build a garage.

I am not sure if I can mention this here, but the fact was the investigating officer was so inefficient that he was not able to locate the camera from the opposite shop directed right at my car, before me mentioning it to him. By that time, I am not sure what happened, the shop keeper disagreed to give the footage; later it was found that all the footage have been deleted/not recoverable.

Suspicious about someone? Yes I was. But I was told that the law cannot do anything as they have no evidence. No further investigation on the basis of suspicions. I should also add here, that the shop keeper entered my house for no reason the very evening before the theft, posing as a well wisher enquiring about something useless. Now i will never know.

After these experiences, I am sure that nothing could stop these criminals if they really know the target. I have also learnt that they can take the cobra or similar device and chuck it in a moving bus, so that we go round and round. The cobra 5 is of some comfort as it would need a fob to accompany the driver all the time. If no fob, the device is activated immediately. Still, if they get both the key and the fob, they own the car.

Hence looking for more fool proof security and came across this finger print authorization device. It claims that the key less entry, fob and the finger print authorization can work together. So I want to know from techies in this forum, if this is a good idea and if it will work.

Any more ideas regarding security will be appreciated.
 

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Aaah, so they took the key and then the car. back in 2004 my wife had a golden passat 1.8 and vandalists smashed all windows and slashed the tires. My wifes car was outside as a one off and i usually parked my Lexus RX in the driveway which was 2 weeks old so it was lucky. every since the incident i put cctv all over the place and had a sensor type thing done. what it does is, whenever someone walked into your property it alerts you via a beeping sound. i found this very useful and even caught some thieves trying to steal some yorkshire flagstones from my garden. if i was you id be suspicious too. the shopkeeper had a camera pointed at your car and he wouldnt give footage!??!!
 

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What purpose will the cctv cameras serve? I am sure you would have invested atleast a grant installing it. My informations is, if they gonna come, they wear masks at the sight of cctv. Post theft strategy as a backup is fine, but what about PRE-Cautionary methods.

Having said that, I have also arranged with my alarm security company (ICU) to install cameras, and those dumb people are still working on it for the past 3 months. Probably not interested in doing business anymore. Any recommendations of a good cctv installer?

About 15 houses down the lane, the school cctv captured a live break in into a car and a theft of valuables from it. The school was very cooperative and gave the footage to the owner and the police. But the police and the insurance company, just dont wanna do anything about it, and they declined the offer. Insurance paid out. Victim takes a percentage of loss. Police close the case. Thieves go home happy.

Happy Ending! :)

(Dont close the thread, do give some advice and links for securing my car)
 

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CCTV is best done by home security people. Im talking about companies that specialise in that kind of stuff such as ADT. You can get ones which can give you a live feed wherever you are in the world through the internet. Furthermore, Ive been reading on the net about security and I found that you can put grills on the inside of your doors and windows. something like this -- http://www.dgsecurity.co.uk/images/seceuroguard1000_office_large.jpg --

They are useful for when your going on holiday or even when you are in the house at night. You could also try putting an electric bollard in front of your car. It takes about 10 seconds to go up and down but is very effective. They cant steal your car if they cant go anywhere, right?? Personally, I think that this is the best pre-cautionary system out there if you want to keep your car safe. And obviously you keep it in some place safe.

Another system I found is one that tells you if someones broken in and it alerts your mobile phone.
 

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About to take delivery of my second Q7 (white) in 1 or 2 weeks. Currently awaiting shipment.

Mentioned below are the various security measures being installed/installed in the house and the car as most of the theft involves house burglary for keys.

1. Driveway barrier - This one is not sturdy enough as a telescopic bollard which are expensive. Expected cost with installation is £200. It has a remote and works by a battery that needs charging every six months. Waiting to press the button in my new Q7 for the barrier to go down and let me into my driveway.

2. Driveway monitor - Again inexpensive one, £18. Just informs you everytime someone moves into your driveway. I have combined it with a timer device, so that the alerts are only active during the night time.

3. CCTV - Robust system, expensive. May not be of great help with masked intruders. Still helps a lot to deter, I hope.

4. Cobra tracker 5 - Highest thatcham category. GPRS & GSM tracking. Automatic activation every time you leave the car. Expensive with 3 year subscription.

5. Steering lock - 4Tress, reasonable price.

6. House intruder ADT alarm - with police link.

7. Wheel clamps - to be used when leaving for holidays. Yet to find an inexpensive one which will fit the 295mm tyres. Any help would be appreciated.

8. Fingerprint scanner - to allow the keyless remote and keys with the ignition of the engine. Mentioned this to the sales person today who will discuss the technical issues with the audi team. He said the A8, already have this feature, hence will also enquire the audi team if that could be retrofitted in Q7. The one I found cost about £299 (not a chinese make).

9. Car alarm - fitted by default.

10. Alloy lug net - fitted by default. Seems that mcguards bolts are more safer.

11. Glass etching - with engine number or reg number and other identifications.

12. Individualizing - I mean with decal caliper stickers and various other things that you could come up with, so that you are able to differentiate your own car from the same spec vehicles. I found a lot of Night black Q7 in my area after the theft and most of them appeared like mine. Haha. I wish!

Anything else anyone could come up with???

I can see that I sound like a paranoid schizophrenic, but enough of having gone through the hassle once. Hope this is helpful for other owners.

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You could also try putting an electric bollard in front of your car. It takes about 10 seconds to go up and down but is very effective. They cant steal your car if they cant go anywhere, right??
This!!! I highly recommend you to look around for reliable bollard suppliers ?
 
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