Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Buried in a sand trap somewher
After my car got broken into about a month ago I got thinking about the basic security of the BA Falcon. What I was impressed with is that the thief attempted to jam the door lock and turn it with a screwdriver (or similar) however this failed to have any effect. So i'm assuming that the door barrel lock could indeed be electrically code matched to the key and activates a solenoid to elsewhere in the door to manage the lock.
However the thief in question then attempted to smash some of the side windows - well they couldn't break/shatter any of the major ones, however they were able to punch through the little rear quarter window. From there it was easy enough for them to reach in, open the rear door with the internal handle (which activates the electronic door locks).
From there pop open the boot via the split fold seats and then pull on the 'emergency' tab and you have full access to the boot and the rest of the car.
Now the easiest thing I can think to get around this situation is to have a car fitted with deadlocks. Now I know the Holden Statesman have them (my dad's previous car was a '98 statesman, now drives an '01 fairmont) and the way they actuate is via turning the key in the barrel a full 90 degrees and removing the key at that angle.
Now that would be an easy option to follow no doubt - also what about pushing the remote close button on the fob two or three times (so the horn beeps in some pattern to indicate that it is now deadlocked).
Any thoughts about how you would like new car security improved (be realistic, no factory fitted sat tracking and immobilisers that cost $5 a month to run).
Falcon Killer (if you believe what Ford Service Departments have to say about me)
AU II XR6 - October 2001 ~ December 2002 - RIP
BA XR6 - December 2002 ~ Soon to disappear if Ford CRC can't fix it....
45,000km service coming up - and i'll be asking for a sizable list of fixes:
* Gearbox (3rd time)
* Steering click (5th time)
* Brake Shudder (2nd time, and has the applied "Fix")