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Satellite Tracking Devices

  • Currently have a tracking device installed

    Votes: 5 5.5%
  • Have definite plans to install device soon

    Votes: 4 4.4%
  • Seriously considering installing a device

    Votes: 29 31.9%
  • Someday, maybe -

    Votes: 32 35.2%
  • No plans for such technology

    Votes: 21 23.1%
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Seeing various posts regarding the loss of some really top quality Chevelles, in various places, it started me thinking about after market satellite tracking devices being used to recover stolen vehicles. So, I thought I would see what folks on the forum thought and perhaps even get some people to seriously think about using the technology. Fee free to not only vote, but post any comments that you would like to.
 

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wa chew talkin bout Willis!!!!
 

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You'll find many people reluctant to answer, especially when the question comes from a newbie. Alarm systems and GPS tracking systems are a taboo subject to ask someone if they have either installed on their vehicle.
 

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I don't worry about that stuff. I live in a great neighborhood, right off the corner of 33rd and 3rd in Norman, OK. My Chevelle stays in my unlocked garage with the keys in it, has for years. Even though most everyone is gone on the weekends, I don't worry! :clonk: :noway:
 

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You'll find many people reluctant to answer, especially when the question comes from a newbie. Alarm systems and GPS tracking systems are a taboo subject to ask someone if they have either installed on their vehicle.

Hi Kev,

I wasn't trying to be overly snoopy, nor did I intend to disclose anyone's identity by their answering the poll. That is why I specifically choose NOT to show the user's identity.

Upon rethinking the poll, perhaps I should have just asked what folks felt about making use of the technology in order to retrieve one's prized wheels. Guess I was testing the waters, so to speak, to see if was a widely used device.

Also, I am puzzled at how my being a newbie would impact someone thinking about replying to my poll.

If anyone has taken offense to this poll please accept my apologies.

Forum administrator, feel free to remove this poll.
 

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Nothin on mine, I went another approach. Insured the hell out of it, if I go to the garage tomorrow I will be bummned. On the other hand building them is half the fun and the 40k check the insurance would write me would allow me to build it again (I think.. maybe not)
 

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Northwest, I was not offended by your pole and certainly didnt mean to imply that being a newbie was a bad thing. Its just that when someone new comes on a message board and starts asking questions about what kind of security systems or satelite tracking systems people have on their cars, it does look suspiscious. I am not saying that is the case here, I was just trying to make people aware of the above facts. I have people come up to me at cruise ins asking what kind of alarm system or GPS I have installed and I just look at them and say "sorry, I dont discuss that with anyone other then family". Newbies have come on the board in the past asking similar questions and have been politely told that asking such questions is not really in good manners. On the surface it looked like they were fishing for information. Maybe I am over reacting, but I would rather speak up if it would possibly save someones car from getting pinched then to have said nothing at all.

My post was not meant to upset anyone or offend anyone either....I just wanted to be cautious.

Cheers!

kev
 

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Northwest, I was not offended by your pole and certainly didnt mean to imply that being a newbie was a bad thing. Its just that when someone new comes on a message board and starts asking questions about what kind of security systems or satelite tracking systems people have on their cars, it does look suspiscious. I am not saying that is the case here, I was just trying to make people aware of the above facts. I have people come up to me at cruise ins asking what kind of alarm system or GPS I have installed and I just look at them and say "sorry, I dont discuss that with anyone other then family". Newbies have come on the board in the past asking similar questions and have been politely told that asking such questions is not really in good manners. On the surface it looked like they were fishing for information. Maybe I am over reacting, but I would rather speak up if it would possibly save someones car from getting pinched then to have said nothing at all.

My post was not meant to upset anyone or offend anyone either....I just wanted to be cautious.

Cheers!

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Hi Kev,

I now understand the idea behind your post very well. Unfortunately, I read it from a different perspective. I do appreciate you're clearing the air, so to speak. No hard feelings here.

As I mentioned, I guess it would have been better if I approached it from the point of view that I wanted advice on the best way to use technology to protect my Chevelle.

Again, thanks for the follow up. :beers:
 

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I think 53 chev has a valid point. It's not safe to reveal to much information about the security system one has. I'm sure Nw29 has pure intentions, but why chance it. With so many Scams and fraud going on it's just not worth it. Heck look at the LifeLock guy and his SS# on the commercial. He's had his SS# number used in 10 different scams. Now the guy is being suied by his former customers. It's better to be safe then sorry. Iwill consider a tracking device for my Impala SS that was stolen 2months ago. She should be back from the shop in about a week. I heard you can track it by Cell phone. Pretty cool I think.
 

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My original Z/28, purchased directly from Chevrolet via a Chev exec, along with an original new palleted ZL-1 engine at the same time and then installed in the Camaro, were stolen from my driveway with all of my neighbors home and in the presence of plenty of witnesses.

The cops told me that had there been a Lo-Jack installed, that I would have likely had my car back the same day.
Later, I was told it likely went into a shipping container in the Port of Los Angeles, on it's way to a "collector" in eastern Europe.
Later again, I found out that is exactly what happened.
- Stolen to order -

I have no intention of allowing that to happen again. Therefore, after teaching myself the basics of electronics design in the evenings after dinner, I no longer am dependent upon commercially available anti-theft devices, 99% of which are first purchased by car thieves to learn how they work.

wink.

Eric
 

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"Spring Guns" and traps are unlawful, and if a thief is hurt, you can be held liable both criminally and civilly. The reason is that there may be a lawful reason for entry... police, fire, emergency, etc.

A spring gun is where you place a rifle on a chair aimed at the door with a string tied to the trigger. The thief breaks in, and pow!....

Attaching a .47 microfarad capacitor circuit to the steering wheel will leave a thief quivering on the ground, but is illegal in most jurisdictions. Cannot show intent to steal, perhaps the person making entry is responding to some emergency, fire truck needs to get by, stuff like that.
However...
Attaching one to the ignition up under the dash... now that is arguably a different situation, since the thief is now already fully in the car and the intent to steal is clear.

Deadly force may not be used in the prevention of theft or the recovery of property, unless the thief has placed your own life in danger.
However, necessary force, short of deadly force, may be used, including physical force.

Therefore, an electronic device designed to stun or debilitate a thief in your car beyond a radius of 50' from where it was parked is lawful, so long as the guy doesn't die or suffer truly grievous bodily injury, like permanent blindness or loss of limbs . But, he can be hurting pretty badly when the cuffs are put on.

Anybody that tries to steal my car is gonna have some real stories to tell his bro's in the joint.

Eric
 

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After having a classic El Camino stolen from me back in 03. I am strongly considering this once my 66 and 69 are back on the road.
 
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