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Old 04-16-2007, 11:42 AM   #1
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Protecting Your New Camaro

I was just looking over what everyone wanted to do to mod their 5th gen, but what kinds of security measures are out there, other then what comes standard with the Camaro? And I'm not just talking about alarms, what about fuel cuts offs, or something like that?
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This should take care of those carjackers.
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This should take care of those carjackers.
yeah, but what would that do to the paint?
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Revelco claims to have never had someone bypass their alarm. It is a series of wires that are rerouted and are all in one color instead of multiple colors. It would take hundreds of combinations to bypass and many, many hours to get through. Again, that was Revelco. That's what I want to put in. It has a plug that you put on your keychain. Get in your car, plug it in and go.

I would also want a pager alarm. So, I know when it goes off and of and when someone is breaking into my car.
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yeah, but what would that do to the paint?
I'd be more interested to see what happens to the moron that tries to carjack you! hahaha!!! Yeah, I'd be worried about the paint as well.

You can install cut off switches. My ex had a cut off button that you step on which was installed in the floorboard under the brake. You couldn't see it under the carpet. And, you coudn't start the vehicle unless it was depressed.
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I used to install alarms and am still not a fan of them.

ravelco does have a nice setup, but I don't want to have to use two keys to drive my vehicle.

With pager alarms, all that will do is alert you in time to see your ride being taken away or get you into an altercation that may end up with you losing your life.

My plan - Beef up the insurance policy and park it smart. If any of my vehicles get stolen I'd much rather not get them back than deal with the years of issues that you often find with a theft/recovery vehicle.
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Old 04-16-2007, 08:46 PM   #7
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I was thinking of having them put on Lo Jack or a cut off switch like you guys mentioned.
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Old 04-16-2007, 09:46 PM   #8
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I had the misfortune of having one of my earlier Camaro's broken into. :( I found the car with everything inside still in place. But, the steering column was completely smashed.

As I spoke with the officer writing the police report, I asked him for his opinions on what steps I could take to protect the car in the future. His advice; I could spend alot of money on an alarm, or, go to 'Pep Boys' and buy a few "alarm stickers", as well as 'The Club'. Now, I know 'The Club' isn't very effective, but his thinking was to make the car appear as unappealing to the person looking to steal it as I could.

His example was, if someone is prowling the lots looking to steal a car, they want to do it quickly, and be gone as quickly as possible. If the come across two cars, one with "alarm notices" and the club, or a similar device, vs. one w/o this, the thief will go for the easier one.

Also, in his experiences, he saw cars hooked up to tow trucks and dragged off, cars winched onto flatbeds, even an engine ripped from the car by a tow truck. BAsically, if the thief wants the car bad enough, they'll get it. :(

So, after my long winded reply (sorry) my plans are to stick with the factory system, and just avoid places where its more prone to be stolen, ie; malls.
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Old 04-16-2007, 11:42 PM   #9
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I am only parking over night in a garage and one hellatious alarm system.
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Old 04-17-2007, 03:33 AM   #10
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If the thief wants the car, they will get it. PERIOD. I, too, have seen cars drug off and onto flatbeds w/ winches. It's easy and takes a good tow driver 30 seconds. If their plan is to steal the veh and hotwire or break the column, a Revelco alarm won't be beat. I don't like two keys either. But, you know when and where two keys might be nice if you know what I mean. You don't have to use them all of the time.

I understand the comment on pager alarms. The outcome depends on the owners actions. Does the owner look outside to the restaurant parking lot to see the thief breaking into the car and does the owner see he is a w/m 25 600/185 w/ brn hair, goatee, wht shirt, blk jeans, blk shoes getting into red Honda Civic 4dr w/ license plate ABC-123 so he can inform police right away with the info and direction of flight? Or, does the owner not call and decide to run out after the supect/s to try to stop them getting shot/stabbed/assaulted in the process? Or, another one yet, what if the owner ran outside and caught the little bastard?

This all depends on the owner. I know if I had a pager alarm, I'd be out the door full speed w/ my .40 in hand ordering them on the groud before I shot their @ss. I usually carry, so a pager would do me some good.

On most of these car burglaries, no one EVER sees anything and we have nothing to work with unless we get lucky on a traffic stop and the driver has certain items that don't belong to him....like a wallet w/ anothers id or golf clubs, power tools, ripped out radios, a guy who has a purse, and the list goes on and on ( these items are usually combined). A good eye can catch certain things on these stops. It happens that we catch the burglars this way.

On a final note. If you all don't want your car to be broken into...it's easy.

BE SMART AND DON'T LEAVE ANYTHING OUT IN PLAIN VIEW!!! This INCLUDES the floor boards. Burglars look for opportunity. All it has to be is a bag. Put the stuff in the trunk. Did I say I was seriously looking forward to a trunk earlier??? A lady told me, "I thought putting my purse on the floorboard would be better than putting it on the seat." I was like, you might as well have just laid it back on the seat. They look down there too....
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I will continue to park smartly and use the .45 for security.
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Old 04-17-2007, 11:41 AM   #12
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I never leave my car out of my sight for long, usually that limits my places I can go...unfortunately. But that is because it's a classic and probably the easiest in the lot to break into....

I'm sure that if the 2009 is broken into, there will be some kind of sensor to prevent it from being started (push/slide start, remember?)
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Old 04-17-2007, 03:04 PM   #13
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As I spoke with the officer writing the police report, I asked him for his opinions on what steps I could take to protect the car in the future. His advice; I could spend alot of money on an alarm, or, go to 'Pep Boys' and buy a few "alarm stickers", as well as 'The Club'. Now, I know 'The Club' isn't very effective, but his thinking was to make the car appear as unappealing to the person looking to steal it as I could.

His example was, if someone is prowling the lots looking to steal a car, they want to do it quickly, and be gone as quickly as possible. If the come across two cars, one with "alarm notices" and the club, or a similar device, vs. one w/o this, the thief will go for the easier one.
Good advice - except the club. That can be removed in seconds by most thieves.
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Old 04-17-2007, 03:05 PM   #14
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Good post TAG - I agree totally
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Old 04-17-2007, 03:59 PM   #15
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This is why I pay insurance.. its their problem to deal with it..

I agree that visual deterrents are usually the best (except in certain circumstances). Personally on my truck i have a fancy alarm led assembly thats flashes like night rider but is hooked to nothing by my ignition ground (when key out of ignition it turns on).. most people think i have this fancy pager/alarm system, but it cost me $15.00. Now if your vehicle is going to be parked for a long period of time (vacation, at the airport, winter storage) I feel its best to drop that 2nd key like tag has or even just disco the negative off the battery or flip a kill switch($1.00 plus install) to off..

There are generally 2 kinds of thieves, opportunists and planners. The opportunists are just looking for a quick buck and little work, the visuals generally warn them off. The planners will get your car, period. Thats what insurance is for.
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Old 04-17-2007, 07:09 PM   #16
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I live in an area with VERY little crime. But if i take the camaro traveling i'll have a cut off. ( to keep friends from going for an unapproved ride) and probabally some sort of pager alarm, low jack is a must. ... this will be the worst nightmare of a car thief I take things personally, and am a very capable individual.

Like Tag said play it smart. park in the light, where it will be visible from your seat in a restaurant. ( don't be afraid to tell a waitress you want to sit where you can see your car) LeaveNOTHING . no cd cases, no brief case for christ sake don't be my brother in law and his buddies. leave 3 PC's with secure company information in the back seat of a rented taurus in huston.

Cell phones, designer sunglasses, if your carry don't leave your handgun in your car, always look around when you get out... is your car being awed or scoped. do people move toward your car as soon as your turn your back a little.

other protection... if the parking lot slopes down hill don't park at the bottom. park off to the sides. don't park near other people if you can help it.. walking is good for you and your paint.

yup, we all have insurance... but it's a pain in the ass to do without your car while it's fixed.. or replaced, and insurance is NOT going to replace that nice new camaro... they aren't paying you for any upgrades you do or an exact car. And if you do get something comparable or the cash to compare back your premium will be adjusted accordingly. or if you have good insurance. someones will. I once totaled a grand am with 152 miles on it... and they tried to dock me for the real "value" of the car.
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The difference between my daily driver and the new Camaro is that they won't want your CD's, stereo, etc. They want that car! That is why I plan on driving it nonstop on weekends. No going to the store for milk and bread, or even car shows.
Not true, people break into Corvettes all the time to take radar detectors, stereos, sun glasses, CDs, etc.

Id never let any thug limit how I use my ride, sorry.
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Old 04-23-2007, 08:17 AM   #18
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Has anyone forgotten that this is a GM car and that they have On-star? I think they have a pretty good success rate with system which has a GPS tracker in it. The most stollen vehicle is the Cadillac escalade. I wonder what the recovery rate is for these vehicles.
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From a Police point of view, on star sucks. We get calls from on star all the time because someone pressed the panic button or the vehicle thought it got into an accident. Supposedly, the on star folks are to call the vehicle back, but some of these people don't answer...I don't know how that works. On star calls us and says "Make this location for a panic/accident (whatever the sit. might be) button on an 06 Bla Bla car." Never found one.

Lojack is cool, but you have to pay ur dues and keep it updated. Some of our police cars are fitted w/ lojack. As soon as the lojack is activated, it's supposed to send a signal to our patrol vehicle. The only problem, majority of the time that lojack is turned on, that vehicle is long gone already. Now, the company can track the vehicle....across the country which is reallllly cool. I've seen that happen before on a TA. Lojack is one of the best ideas if you really want to get your car back asap.
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Unless you travel out of town frequently, plan to use your phone through it or use the services to find restaurants, etc, I find Onstar to be a waste of $$. I only used it to show friends how it worked
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I live in a different world in North Dakota, half the time I leave my windows down and the car unlocked. Occasionally cars get broken into but that is a sunfire with a loud system or something along those lines in order to get stereo equipment. I don't think that I have heard of many straight up car thefts.
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