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      04-01-2012, 11:08 AM   #1
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More Cars Being Stolen

Im sure you are all aware how easy it is to steal these modern BMW's with a key programmer,

Where I work alone people know of friends and families whose cars have been stolen with just smashed glass found in place of the car (so far 3 cars of people I know in the london area)

I want to know has anyone made any modifications to prevent this?

One idea was to re-locate the OBD port so the thieving b@stards cant find it, another one i heard was to disconnect the port completely (both these ideas wont prevent the glass from being smashed)

My boss at work simply invested in a steering lock which i would have assumed could be a good deterrent.

Blackjax is another option which i was considering,

If it carries on like this all BMW owners will be hit by an insurance premium hike due to the cars being more prone to theft!

Bloody annoying but BMW obviously aint doing anything about it even though its their fault for leaving vital coding information in the ecu readable.

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      04-01-2012, 03:37 PM   #2
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Speak to Cooks Ferry Engineering on 0208 8042002.

Let them know you have a Beemer with push button start and you want the obd protection, and an explanation of what's involved.

Costs 95 all in. If I lived in London I would deffo invest.

On a side not mate, nothing will prevent the glass bieng smashed.
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      04-01-2012, 05:37 PM   #3
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Speak to Cooks Ferry Engineering on 0208 8042002.

Let them know you have a Beemer with push button start and you want the obd protection, and an explanation of what's involved.

Costs 95 all in. If I lived in London I would deffo invest.

On a side not mate, nothing will prevent the glass bieng smashed.
So what's all this about then and why don't BMW do it/offer it/close the loophole if it's fixable for 95?

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      04-01-2012, 07:18 PM   #4
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BMW wouldn't even accept that these cars are bieng stolen through the obd port let alone produce a fix.
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      04-02-2012, 02:35 AM   #5
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Some friends of ours have an M3 Coupe about six months old. They've got two scrotes on CCTV walking up to it on their drive, pulling a fob out of their pocket, opening the doors and having a good rummage round nicking a laptop and some other stuff that was in the boot. The gate was across so I'm guessing that's why they didn't nick the car but I can't imagine they're sleeping well at the moment.
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      04-02-2012, 02:42 AM   #6
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opening the doors and having a good rummage round nicking a laptop and some other stuff that was in the boot.
Nervous enough to need CCTV on the drive - but still leave a laptop in the boot?

Why not leave some coffee and biscuits too, maybe some cash in an envelope under the wipers while they're at it!
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      04-02-2012, 11:44 AM   #7
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Speak to Cooks Ferry Engineering on 0208 8042002.

Let them know you have a Beemer with push button start and you want the obd protection, and an explanation of what's involved.

Costs 95 all in. If I lived in London I would deffo invest.

On a side not mate, nothing will prevent the glass bieng smashed.
Thanks mate, il give them a call and explain on here what its all about
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      04-02-2012, 01:08 PM   #8
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Its probably as easy as it ever was, even without the tech solution.
All you need is a bent bugger in the service bay of any garage.
And of course, pretty much all new cars go through there don't they?
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      04-02-2012, 01:22 PM   #9
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Look up brake lock.......thats what I have and they could still take it but it would slow them down. It also works better on the clutch if you have one.
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      04-02-2012, 03:27 PM   #10
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Speak to Cooks Ferry Engineering on 0208 8042002.

Let them know you have a Beemer with push button start and you want the obd protection, and an explanation of what's involved.

Costs 95 all in. If I lived in London I would deffo invest.

On a side not mate, nothing will prevent the glass bieng smashed.
Know anyone Birmingham way offering this?

Hell of a lot being stolen in the west midlands by the same method
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I reckon having a disklok would put crooks off enough to go find another one that will be easier to take.
After all, these type of crooks dont want to be angle grinding a lock off....they just want a nice clean getaway.
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      04-03-2012, 08:16 AM   #12
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Nervous enough to need CCTV on the drive - but still leave a laptop in the boot?

Why not leave some coffee and biscuits too, maybe some cash in an envelope under the wipers while they're at it!
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Nervous enough to need CCTV on the drive - but still leave a laptop in the boot?

Why not leave some coffee and biscuits too, maybe some cash in an envelope under the wipers while they're at it!
Oh totally agree.
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During my VAG days, we used to disable the ECUs via the REVO SPS when parked up. This prevented the car being started at all, it's a shame REVO don't tune BMW. You've all got to realise, we've got at least 15k's worth (in the most part) of asset sitting there, unsecured mostly, with wheels on it ready for someone to take it away. It's much easier to steal a car than raid a house most often so why not take the easy route, for a good return on 'resale' at that. It makes me thankful at least that we have a big gate and garage at our new home.
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Spoke to a few alarm installers recently and kind of hit a brick wall.

The latest installer replied

"any upgraded system has to pass through the vehicles can bus system and can be deactivated through the obd port in exactly the same way as the OEM set up. You can fit an aftermarket immobiliser to isolate the starter motor only but thieves are aware of this and vehicles are easily push started".

About time BMW realised how easily these cars were being stolen!
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      04-03-2012, 09:25 AM   #16
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Pushed started only if you have a manual.
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Some things I have learned that can be done to slow a theif down

Starter kill
Hood & Trunk pins so the alarm will go off when they open them
Add a second alarm speaker
Get a brake/clutch lock
Quick release steering wheel
Glass break sensor
Tilt sensor

Most of this stuff is already on the car with the stock alarm but if they want it they will take it no matter what you do.
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You would think these days you could fit an immobiliser in a secondary system not using can-bus which bypasses the obd port weakness and cuts power to the car
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Have a trusted shop do a kill switch on power wire to your fuel pump relay.

In addition to the brake locks
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      04-03-2012, 01:32 PM   #20
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Our cars are insured against theft....should we be getting worried???
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No doubt insurance companies will use it as a reason to hike prices!
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Our cars are insured against theft....should we be getting worried???
I would rather take steps for my car to not be taken then have it taken and beat down and then given back to me or get another car, and then have my insurance go way up.
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