Attempted break in (Mercedes Sprinter)

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  1. Herman ze German

    Herman ze German Read Only Funster

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    Some very nice hard working gentlemen who suffer from insomnia tried to break into Herman at 4am on sat night . (cant type my real expression of hate)
    The dogs heard them and started barking , so they never managed to steal Herman or anything inside.
    Now what they did was cut the rubber seal around the passenger side quarter light and remove the glass without breaking it (they kindly placed it against the wifes car) .
    I concluded they did a runner before getting into Herman , as the door was still locked . But when i ran Mertrux to order a new window seal , they told me the `nice gentlemen` were after my catalyst , as they remove the window , reach in & pull the bonnet release catch , then unbolt the exhaust at the manifold and pull it off in a oner !!
    So i went & checked the bonnet .....and yes it was pulled !

    Now i have seen lots of things you can buy to protect your Catalyst , but some are expensive . But if they are going to remove the whole exhaust system , that would be little use as it protects it been cut off !

    What experiances have you had ?......of course all bad !

    By they was new window seal was £18.00 & in stock and a mate will refit it tomorrow.
     
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    Very glad it was unsuccessful - could have been very expensive.

    Thanks for the warning.

    Only one experience with a "lost" catalyst. My brother-in-law found one by the side of a rural road, he picked it up and took it to the local garage (he lived in the area so knew everyone). They looked at it and said "Oh, it came off Mrs. Jones' car, she said she'd lost her exhaust back along the road." The exhaust had corroded through and fallen off luckily the cat was fine and put into the new pipework saving her a lot of money.
     
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    Sounds like the dogs are due a few treats. Glad the thieves went away empty handed.
     
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    perhaps your first course of action should be to fit an alarm, or ensure the one that is already fitted is triggered when the bonnet is opened !
     
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  5. Herman ze German

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    I have removed the bonnet pull lever ......easy to refit when required ;)

    And yes the dogs have been spoilt .....even more than usual .
     
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    A Crime Prevention Officer once told me that the only effective burglar alarms are the BBA and the BBC.

    "Bloody big Alsatian and breeze block curtains."

    sounds like he was right!
     
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    Are you prepared in case they come back again?
     
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    Some good advice, it would help if you can give an idea of where you live, (not exact address of course, just the area.)
    Cheers, Dave(y)
     
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    buy a catlock sticker and fit it in the quarterlight. if the scrotes can read, they wont bother again
     
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    A local hire van centre has stopped buying Mercs and use,s transits now as Mercs cats were to easy to steal
     
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    my cat is wired up to my van alarm ,disconnect or cut it and the alarm goes off ,also sharp edged protection plate bonnet catch alarmed, in process of fitting 4 pir,s to 4 corners of van wired to light/s
     
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    Fiat Ducato bonnet release is in the door shut you have to open the door
     
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  14. g8ysn

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    if they don't rip thier finger off trying to pull sharp plate down if infra red is broken alarm set,s off,or if they try and cut through exhaust,simple but affective tried and it worked / when guy did it for me a few yrs back
     

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    I think that you can be 100% sure they will then sue you you b^^^^^d.
     
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    will put them 4wards for blood donor,s
     
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    bound 2 b some other bounder with same blood group
     
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    Thank the Good Lord for having an old Ducato! The only cat under our van is next doors tabby.........:)(y)
     
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    Our Nephew had the whole exhaust removed from his Range Rover whilst he shopped in Morrisons, how on earth can you compete with this sort of brazen moron.
     
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    I fitted one of THESE
    The cable is threaded around the front subframe so even if they drop the exhaust, they can't take it away without cutting the cable, which is awkward to get to. You certainly couldn't get bolt croppers to it..
    Its just a deterrent, hopefully, they would find an easier target somewhere else.
    Allan
     
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