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Topic # 173299 18-May-2015 16:56
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We rent, and have no off street parking. My car is new, and has been untouched the past year. But my partner's and neighbours' cars have been broken into 9 times now.
We live down a quiet cul de sac in Royal Oak, however as we are near a school that gets used quite a bit for touch etc, it's a bit busier than it normally would be for a dead end street.
My partner's car is a mid nineties POS Daewoo, it's worth nothing, has nothing in it (stereo doesn't even work) but the glass takes a month to order in. It's just a pain, I'm not interested in any vigilante type stuff. More just helping actually catching the buggers.

This morning was unusual in that at 5.50am, my car alarm went off. I looked out my window (as I can see the street) saw nothing, got up and flicked the alarm off using the keys. It wasn't till I was putting the bins out that I noticed the 3 cars with smashed quarter windows, and one neighbour had the added bonus of the front drivers window being smashed in too. I wonder if they tugged the door handle on my car. The alarm very rarely goes off.

The main problem I guess is the street is quite dark. Are there cameras that would work in low light that I could mount outside the flat and back up to our wifi? Our wifi actually reaches the cars if that's of any use. The other option is a grunty security light on our place, but I'm fairly certain the sensor won't reach that far, plus we don't really want it going off every time a car drives down the street.

I think the best solution (other than moving, when we find a house we want) is to simply put a blinking LED on the Daewoo's dash or just leave it unlocked. But it grates me that they're continually doing it. The last one was 4 months ago, on a different day, so there's no real pattern other than they are quiet (I'm a light sleeper) and doing it early in the morning.
Our cars park usually over the road (mine is the black sedan and partner normally in front of it)

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  Reply # 1307355 18-May-2015 17:25
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I lived very close to that same area.I personally didnt have any problems because my car was parked off street and had an alarm.I cant see why they would try break into your partners car other than the stupidity of thinking that area has something to do with wealth and the older cars a target to them.A cameras not likely to catch these guys as they probably walk down anyway.But it could possibly help if they are using a car and bringing down to the end of your cul-de sac.This must frustrate you alot i hope you can get something done about it 

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  Reply # 1307390 18-May-2015 18:47
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Some of the dash camera has parking mode and will take picture on movement


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  Reply # 1307472 18-May-2015 20:14
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Big bright lights is what you need, those guys are generally cowardly. Maybe the council will assist if you frame your request right? (Security, danger, children etc). If no help from council I would be installing big powerful security lights that light up the entire area.

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  Reply # 1307611 19-May-2015 08:52
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^^ This guy knows how to win the affection of his neighbours.

In all seriousness though, go grab an IR spotlight and a camera. It will light up the street, but not piss your neighbours off. 

I'm usually against lighting up an area to 'prevent' crime - because 90% of the time all it does is give the criminals some light so they can see what they're doing. 


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  Reply # 1307616 19-May-2015 09:08
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Leave it unlocked and kiss insurance goodbye... so dont do that. 

Blinking LED is a good idea (sell them to all the car owners in the street :) )

Could also put a notice in the windscreen - "This car has been broken into on these dates (list) - now nothing of value inside"

Insert large menacing dog into car is the other option.... ;)

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  Reply # 1307618 19-May-2015 09:09
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If someone broke into my car 9 times I'd be quite interested in some vigilante type stuff. :p

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  Reply # 1307622 19-May-2015 09:20
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michael001: Big bright lights is what you need, those guys are generally cowardly. Maybe the council will assist if you frame your request right? (Security, danger, children etc). If no help from council I would be installing big powerful security lights that light up the entire area.

We live on a hill road in Wgtn used by buses = sodium light on every pole on our side of road. Neighbour 2 houses up has additional lighting on all sides of his garage on road reserve.
This hasn't stopped his van being broken into even though all content is transferred to garage overnight. The garage is fitted with external cameras that did capture the latest break in at Xmas. Even with this footage and a suspect the case is still "under investigation".

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  Reply # 1307642 19-May-2015 10:06
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@timbosan: You need one of these:

URL shorterner! ;-)

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  Reply # 1307643 19-May-2015 10:08
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Yeah, didn't think the URL would be so long!

But its worth it for the protection is offers the OP ;-)

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  Reply # 1307647 19-May-2015 10:16
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Police can actually be quite helpful despite what some may think - are you reporting these events? Ask if they can provide some ideas. They should be increasing patrols as a minimum and plus 1 for asking the council to improve lighting.

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  Reply # 1307648 19-May-2015 10:19
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Talk to your neighbours and file a neighbourhood complaint to your council, if you have community patrol then inform them too.

Whatever it is, the street needs to bond together and tackle this issue, especially AFTER 9 break-ins? I would have thought someone should've started that after 2 or 3 break-ins.

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  Reply # 1307706 19-May-2015 11:26
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If you haven't already, it may also be worth posting on neighbourly. My wife did this recently for something
similar and got a few similar reports from other people. I think she may even have been contacted by the police
as well - they seemed more interested given it wasn't an isolated incident.

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  Reply # 1307742 19-May-2015 12:24
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You need that thing they demo in the original Robocop movie...the one that zaps car thieves.

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