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      05-31-2007, 07:05 AM   #1
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carjackings- are u concerned?

with the rise in carjackings in australia and notably sydney, and especially high profile cars such as porsches and bmws (m6 a few days ago, the dentist and her 330, and a few others), does it concern any people here.

i know we shouldnt let the criminals dictate our lives, and if u live in a fairly good area, then ur a little bit safer, but these guys r following the owners to their houses. thats some serious shit.

i dont think it would make me change my mind about car ownership, but its something to consider
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with the rise in carjackings in australia and notably sydney, and especially high profile cars such as porsches and bmws (m6 a few days ago, the dentist and her 330, and a few others), does it concern any people here.

i know we shouldnt let the criminals dictate our lives, and if u live in a fairly good area, then ur a little bit safer, but these guys r following the owners to their houses. thats some serious shit.

i dont think it would make me change my mind about car ownership, but its something to consider
My mate went out and put the 525i badge back on is E60 5er (w/ M sports package) as he was concerned about the car jackings, however if they did steal the 525i they wouldn't be out running anyone. lol.

My main concern with it is that last year they were taking these beautiful cars SL65, M3, M3 Cabrio, 911 turbo's, CLK55 and after using them in a ram raid as get away cars (since there is not a police car in the country capable of keeping up with them) were torching them! If those photos of burnt out high end cars don't bring a tear to your eye, nothing will!
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      05-31-2007, 07:17 PM   #3
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I wouldnt change my mind on ownership of a certain kind of vehicle but rather just be more careful where you leave the car. If something was going to happen and you get carjacked, cant really foresee that eh? I wouldnt sell up and drive a Torana so that would be minimized!!

First thing I would do is MOVE INTERSTATE to Melbourne!!!
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It's a car.

If some psycho wants it, and will threaten your life for it, give it up.

That's why we have tracking features in our cars and automotive insurance.


At the end of the day, it's a big hunk of metal, it's replaceable - I wouldn't dwell on it.
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      05-31-2007, 10:31 PM   #5
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I suppose that's why our cars are equipped with auto door locks. To help incases of Carjacking. Personally, I hate the doors autolocking and I programmed that out. My wife wont drive anywhere without the doors locked.
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It's a car.

If some psycho wants it, and will threaten your life for it, give it up.

That's why we have tracking features in our cars and automotive insurance.


At the end of the day, it's a big hunk of metal, it's replaceable - I wouldn't dwell on it.
totally agree..but you can also practice defensive driving, if you are actually driving the car when the car-jacking takes place as opposed to walking to your car....i went to school in detroit, mi and its not exactly the friendliest of places in the us of a. always give yourself ample distance when stopped so that you can have some sort of get-away (ie. dont tailgate and stop bumper to bumper). apart from that, i guess it really comes down to luck of the draw
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with the rise in carjackings in australia and notably sydney, and especially high profile cars such as porsches and bmws (m6 a few days ago, the dentist and her 330, and a few others), does it concern any people here.

i know we shouldnt let the criminals dictate our lives, and if u live in a fairly good area, then ur a little bit safer, but these guys r following the owners to their houses. thats some serious shit.

i dont think it would make me change my mind about car ownership, but its something to consider
anyone who notices they are being followed would be absoloutely stupid to turn into their driveway... seriously... just keep driving and keep your doors locked... when i got crashed into, i didn't get out of my car till i saw the person that crashed into me pull over too, and get out of their car... no brainer though if they are wearing a balaclava though to floor it

i havent driven with my doors unlocked for a few years now.

being in a good area has nothing to do with how safe you are... they guy with the M6 was pulling into his home in bellview hill (or however you spell it), and that's where the guys knocked into him... packer lives in teh same neighbourhood, so it has nothing to do with tehg profile of the area...

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That's why we have tracking features in our cars and automotive insurance.
that reminds me i should take out some extra insurance when the rest of the parts are installed on my car

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I suppose that's why our cars are equipped with auto door locks. To help incases of Carjacking. Personally, I hate the doors autolocking and I programmed that out. My wife wont drive anywhere without the doors locked.
your wife sounds like me... but then again, i drive through some pretty bad areas

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totally agree..but you can also practice defensive driving, if you are actually driving the car when the car-jacking takes place as opposed to walking to your car....i went to school in detroit, mi and its not exactly the friendliest of places in the us of a. always give yourself ample distance when stopped so that you can have some sort of get-away (ie. dont tailgate and stop bumper to bumper). apart from that, i guess it really comes down to luck of the draw
also helps with avoiding acidents... it had absoloutely saved my ass on a few ocasions
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That's why I drive a white colour Volkswagen now
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I suppose that's why our cars are equipped with auto door locks. To help incases of Carjacking. Personally, I hate the doors autolocking and I programmed that out. My wife wont drive anywhere without the doors locked.
I am with you on this. I hate the auto locking but my wife wont drive without it.
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i dont think it would make me change my mind about car ownership, but its something to consider
Itís wise to be conscious of your own safety.

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My mate went out and put the 525i badge back on is E60 5er (w/ M sports package) as he was concerned about the car jackings
A 525 badge would deter a thief more than a Rottweiler on the passenger seat.

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First thing I would do is MOVE INTERSTATE to Melbourne!!!
I heard a few thieves have tried hijacking trams in Melbourne.

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no brainer though if they are wearing a balaclava though to floor it
Especially in Thredbo. There are carjackers everywhere down there.

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i havent driven with my doors unlocked for a few years now.
Ö with the roof open?

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. but then again, i drive through some pretty bad areas
Iíll say, I see you driving past the carwash every day.

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      06-01-2007, 01:36 AM   #11
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I wouldnt change my mind on ownership of a certain kind of vehicle but rather just be more careful where you leave the car. If something was going to happen and you get carjacked, cant really foresee that eh? I wouldnt sell up and drive a Torana so that would be minimized!!

First thing I would do is MOVE INTERSTATE to Melbourne!!!
RIGHT ON LEA!!
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RIGHT ON LEA!!
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Ooops! Didn't mean to start a melb vs syd thing. I guess some people are a bit sensitive.

More seriously though, maybe coz i'm a bloke, I almost never feel unsafe in my car (ok, maybe in some parking lots in the western suburbs! ). Melbourne, in general, is a fairly safe city. We in Australia are actually quite lucky compared to some other countries....
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Especially in Thredbo. There are carjackers everywhere down there.
smart ass

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Ö with the roof open?
windows up in bad areas... have you ever tried to jump in a convertible with the windows up? results in painful injuries

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Iíll say, I see you driving past the carwash every day.
too right... dodgy castle hill people
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How does the comfort access react if you leave the car with the controller in your pocket and they drive off with the car thinking all is cool? If your close enough (next to the car) it probably won't show up the warning that the key is not in the car.

Might be a market for fake BMW keys for the purpose of leaving in the car for the occasion a jacking occurs?
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not sure about bmw's, but with dad's car, i had it running the driveway, and dad had they key in his pocket... he went back inside and the car kept running! not sure if it is meant to be like that, but there you go...
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yeah my car will keep running even if i leave the car - comfort access

i read in some other thread u can drive away as well, even with the warning sign on, just wont be able to start it later
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Unfortunately in Sydney the carjackers don't just wait to see a high end car, but they actually stake them out and wait until they pull into their driveways before coming in, it's pretty much unavoidable if you've been targeted. Which is pretty unfortunate for those of us who live on the lower north shore, where most of this has taken place.
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yeah my car will keep running even if i leave the car - comfort access

i read in some other thread u can drive away as well, even with the warning sign on, just wont be able to start it later
yep, thta's probably how it is, if it is the same as lexus anyway
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Do you have BMW Assist out there? I'd just give them the car and get away so I can call and have the car tracked.
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Which is pretty unfortunate for those of us who live on the lower north shore, where most of this has taken place.
good thing there's another m3 usually parked outside up and on the same street as i am ... in the unfortunate event this street starts being staked out, i hope that one gets their eyes first. but hope it never comes to this, though.
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