I'm just thinking about what to do to my mini now it is coming towards running again, to make it less nickable. Just wondering what other people have done and what products that people would recomend?
Making A Mini More Secure
Posted 16 May 2020 - 08:02 PM
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Best steering wheel locks 2020
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Three of our eight were defeated with no tools in under five seconds. For obvious reasons, we haven’t named them. But our top two stood up to over five minutes of attack, and were only removed with noisy power tools. The Disklok had the edge on security but is heavy and awkward. Stoplock’s Pro is far more user-friendly, and at half the price, it edges the win. In third is the Carpoint.
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- Carpoint Steering Wheel Lock
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Edited by mab01uk, 16 May 2020 - 10:01 PM.
Posted 16 May 2020 - 10:01 PM
Any security measure is usually a delaying tactic or to put off the thief
The determined thief will have a selection of solutions; the more aggressive delaying tactic the the better (as they are unlikely to have a solution to all of them and will maybe pass by if too much effort for them)
Depends where you park it how often you use it, how much hassle you are prepared to put up with to secure it.
I have a krooklok and disconnect the battery which should dissuade the casual thief but the determined one would be able to work those out.
I would guess most minis are towed/trailered away; smash window (not many with motion sensing alarm) , break steering lock, attach to tow car (or hot-wire if the battery is still connected)
+1 for blocking the drive with a more secure (modern) car
I think jacking it up and taking all four wheels off might be a good idea (how much hassle....?) but of course nothing can stop the most determined (they might bring a crane and a flat bed)
Overkill would be to use all the possibilities; assuming its parked on a street so you can't chain the rear subframe to a post concreted into your drive or leave it on a jack (as some git would kick it off)
Disclok, handbrake lever to gear-lever lock, disconnect battery, remove rotor arm (old skool!) fit alarm/immobiliser, wheel clamp(s), leave half-starved german shepherd in car etc etc
240v connected to the door handle... - yes I know there was a case where someone was done for trying this idea but I still thought it was jolly creative.
Posted 16 May 2020 - 10:58 PM
A battery isolation switch is a nice touch (in addition to steering lock/tracker etc).
Posted 17 May 2020 - 03:10 AM
battery cut out large with RED removable key on Negative in the boot.
cut out switch on Fuel pump hidden under dash
ignition cut out switch Hidden under dash
Posted 17 May 2020 - 07:32 AM
Posted 17 May 2020 - 08:15 AM
The cases of mini theft I've heard of recently have happened when the mini has been towed away. In those cases battery switches, kill switches, fuel pump switches, immobilizers..... all useless. Steering wheel locks not effective if thief uses a dolly. There is no answer as there will always be a way for the determined thief.
I find that the claw-type wheel clamp fitted to rear wheels that have locking wheel nuts are as good a way as any other.
A self powered monitored tracker is also very useful; costly but effective in recovery.
Just my thoughts.
Posted 17 May 2020 - 08:21 AM
Read through our stolen Mini alerts and it sadly looks like most are taken off drives, presumably in targeted thefts. Keeping your pride 'n joy out of sight as much as practical and fitting an alarm, along with enough measures to give you time to react if it goes off seems prudent.
Posted 17 May 2020 - 11:39 AM
Thanks for the thoughts, not at all distant from what I'd been thinking about! It's in a garage with two cars blocking it in overnight, it's the odd ocassion when nobody is hear that is the concern!
Any specific alarm recomendations?
Edited by Mark506, 17 May 2020 - 11:40 AM.
Posted 17 May 2020 - 09:33 PM
Love the Roger Moore Bond films, he was my favourite 007.
Citroen CV became the getaway car if my memory serves me right?
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