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Ive been lurking for a week or so. Ive just put in an order for a 435D M sport coupe in white, its the biggest purchase ive made other than the house
so needless to say im slightly worried that someone may take it.
Last year i had a car stolen from the driveway and the keys taken from the house with a full bay window inc doors replaced due
to the sticky fingered motherhubbards. Ive got the above car on order and I'm not about to let it happen again.

Ive installed a ring doorbell and ring floodlight cam and a nest cam on the front of the house which sends me alerts if anyone moves on the drive,
im considering an autowatch ghost and a crook lock as a deterrent + gap insurance, im also thinking of getting my windows fitted with security film which if smashed should
stop anyone just walking through the hole, overly paranoid ? Does anyone have any thoughts on this or anything else i can do to put the scumbags off giving it another go ?

My main concern is someone breaking in the house again to take the keys so deterrent is my first point of call
Have i heard correctly that one of the autowatch ghost models will also act as an anti hijack as well as stall the car if started from cold without the code ?

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If someone is crazy enough to break in to my house in order to steal my car I want him to find the keys immediately. I don't want him coming upstairs to wake my wife or kids in order to find them.

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Why worry?
GAP insurance is a Must Have! Get it for 5 years from www.ala.co.uk

Having a tracker fitted is more money, let's face it, if it's nicked would you really want it back?

Security film? What happens if you in a bad smash & need to escape through the window then this could prevent you.

You could always change the car colour to a slightly different must have colour!

At of the day IF they want it badly it will go.
My visual deterrent is simply a Halfords 4Tress steering wheel lock, I only use that in cities or vulnerable places merely as a deterrent.

When it's parked in the street or any carpark its vulnerable so why waste cash at home?
Presume your house is alarmed with defeaning sirens inside the property?

Enjoy the car
 

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Other posts are spot on. If it’s nicked you don’t want it back, let’s the insurance pay out.

GAP is a must, anyone buying a new car like that is a Burke not having GAP, save for those that can afford to loose the money

Security on the house, seems a bit over the top, but it’s your choice.

Don’t spec comfort access if you are worried, if you do just put the keys in a small tin overnight, that’s what I do.

Or spend the money on a DMS remap and enjoy it even more!
 

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Lovely car the 435d. My neighbour has had one for about 6 months now, it was still on his drive this evening so all is well!

As said, I just don’t think it’s worth worrying about as long as you have GAP insurance. A friend had her Range Rover Evoque stolen from her drive and unfortunately didn’t have GAP. That cost her £14k in the difference between purchase price and insurance pay out. But don’t buy GAP from the dealer, it’s much cheaper online for the same level of cover, although your dealer will do their best to convince you otherwise.

Cheap solutions like a crook lock and keeping the key protected are a good shout. With keyless go systems the scumbags don’t even need to get into your house anymore.
 

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I take keys with me upstairs come bedtime, if anyone wants to steal a car I want them to have their own nightmare :)

Sorry but don't take all this roll over and the GAP insurance will cover it, maybe the financial side but you'll twitch and have sleepless nights forever more.

If you leave keys regular places folk do, and maybe security isn't up to much, then are you not fueling the trade in high value cars stolen though break and take scenarios?

Make things a bit difficult, then the scrotes move on to a softer target, and if it has comfort access keep the keys in a tin lined with tin foil - effectively a home made faraday cage to drop the chance of the constant 'open door' transmission being picked up and amplified for same purpose from outside the house.

The OP seems to be making reasonable precautions, my only concern is anything that's web based will be easy to hack or circumvent, I wouldn't want my home security pics leaving my own control. Hard wired cctv to a home unit hidden away, if you have lights which will will illuminate maybe think about non IR cameras, the 850nm that emit the red glow and give the game away could be replaced by non IR or the newer 940nm IR ones where you can't see the all telling red glow.

Mind you, back in the days where an Escort Ford key would stand a reasonable chance to open any other Ford, I did put a ignition break switch into the circuit, then hide the little switch away, this was on a 3ltr Capri that had been stolen once, till the short arsed youths ran it out of petrol and couldn't get into the tank, that and a crooklock as a visible deterrent.

(I'm thinking maybe I don't like thieves :) )
 

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Thanatoid that brings back happy memories fitting an ignition break in my Riley Elf with a cooper engine, & my Ford cars fitting hidden ignition break switches, ( electrics were so much easier ) then remembering where the switches were in the dark, Happy days!

Modern must have flashy performance cars are now stolen to order, it's just a job for some low life, so just arm yourself with the GAP before you drive your new car away from the dealers.
 

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Hi, I’m inclined to agree with @sparkrace22. If they want it badly enough there’ll get it no matter what your precautions.

If you’re really that worried why buy it and put yourself through the constant anguish. Get the GAP insurance and just enjoy it :thumbsup
 

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electrics were so much easier
Think about folk starting their car meching/diagnostics journey now, I noted that the wiring was getting more hidden away in a Cavalier Gli....


why buy it
Cos we like nice BMW's as others do, it IS a fact that given enough determined application almost anything can be stolen, health and family therefore important, material things though are transient....

It's at this point a nice centrally heated cave on an island in Scotland appeal.... :) One with venison wandering by be nice....
 

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Go to a scrap yard, find an OE looking OBD socket that'll fit in your hole.

Carefully remove the vehicle OBD plug, cable tie it up and away.

Place the 'dead' dummy OBD socket in the OBD socket aperture, just remember you'll need to fish around for the 'real one' as and when you need it.

Seen that used to great effect with cars with OBD exploits, thieves won't hang about if they can't communicate with the car....

Depends if this is an exploit node on BMW's though.
 
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