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Old 06-14-2005, 00:24   #1 (permalink)
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OT: Anti-theft/The Boot

People have asked about simple protective measures to prevent the
theft of classic Mustangs, and some form of the Boot used by police
departments has been mentioned. In one of the many catalogs I receive,
I noted the following:

"Heavy Duty Wheel Boot
Secure your vehicle in seconds
Hardened steel wheel lock offers instant anti-theft security wherever
you park: Simply clamp on the light weight device, turn the key, and
go. Lock is pick and drill resistant and can't be frozen with Freon.
It's weather resistant protective coating won't wear out - or scratch
your wheels. Two adjustable sizes...
Standard Model (7 pounds) fits up to 11.5" wide tires...$129
PN 24901
Truck Model (8 pounds) fits up to 12.5" tires...$139
PN 24902"

Looks a bit like this....

== == (hooks fit into the wheel)
// \\
// \\ (adjustable claw)
\\ //
\\________// ---+(key)
||
||
(tire obstacle which tire would bump over with each revolution)

Anyone interested can check out
AutoSport
www.autosportcatalog.com
1-800-726-1199

DISCLAIMER: I have not tried this product, nor done business with this
company and make no claims regarding the abilities described. I
receive no compensation for distributing this information.
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Old 06-14-2005, 00:24   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Anti-theft/The Boot


"Spike" <jma@snowcrest.net> wrote
> I noted the following:
> (tire obstacle which tire would bump over with each revolution)


Yeah, so now instead of stealing your car, they can just f-ck it up real
badly. No thanks. :)
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'68 Ranchero 500 302
'69 Mustang Sportsroof 351W
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Old 06-14-2005, 00:24   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Anti-theft/The Boot

Well, that is possible. You could say the same about the Club, and
most any physical barrier.

On the other hand, most car thieves will take the easiest mark they
can find. If they see an obvious deterrent, they'll usually move on.
No, not always. But, some protection is better than no protection.
Which is worse? They screw up your car, or they take it away and strip
it, chop it or total it?

Naturally, if a thief is targeting your particular model, they'll do
whatever they have to do.

The post was simply to let those who want something simple and
relatively cheap, the opportunity to check it out. Apparently it's not
what you would use, but others might be quite happy with it if only as
a temporary measure, or to use in conjunction with something else. And
it does seem that it might work better than the club where all a thief
has to do is cut the steering wheel, pop off the club and drive off.



On Mon, 13 Jun 2005 20:41:21 -0600, "66 6F HCS"
<92bottledance_spammit_@comcast.net> wrote:

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>"Spike" <jma@snowcrest.net> wrote
>> I noted the following:
>> (tire obstacle which tire would bump over with each revolution)

>
>Yeah, so now instead of stealing your car, they can just f-ck it up real
>badly. No thanks. :)


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How do we keep our cars safe? (long) was; Anti-theft/The Boot


"Spike" <jma@snowcrest.net> wrote
> Well, that is possible. You could say the same about the Club, and
> most any physical barrier.
> The post was simply to let those who want something simple and
> relatively cheap, the opportunity to check it out. Apparently it's not
> what you would use, but others might be quite happy with it if only as
> a temporary measure, or to use in conjunction with something else. And
> it does seem that it might work better than the club where all a thief
> has to do is cut the steering wheel, pop off the club and drive off.


I wasn't trying to belittle your post. Yes, as a visual deterrent, thieves
looking for a quick buck would probably move on, but there are those stupid
thieves out there who actually think they might be able to get the car and
would end up trashing it in the process.

I prefer something visible, yes, but not a visible thing that could
potentially trash my car at the same time. I'm thinking a cheap alarm with a
blinking light (or just a blinking light if you're REALLY cheap) would be
decent as a visual deterrent, along with something that the car truly
couldn't go without. If I park somewhere I don't trust 100%, I pull the
rotor. Cheap insurance. This lets the motor turn over but not start. It's
now taken him some time to figure out why the car won't start. Time is his
enemy. Unless he carries a SBF rotor in his pocket, the more time he spends
trying to steal the car the more likely he'll get caught.

I am going to run a fuel cutoff switch also eventually. So if I don't feel
like popping the hood and going through all that, then I flip a hidden
switch. The car starts and runs normally, but not for long once the
available fuel in the line is gone. The car has now been moved, probably
into a situation where it would be VERY visible and the thief isn't gonna
take the time to figure out what happened. No, He's gonna ditch and run. Of
course I need the electric pump first, ;)

Now I do want to make it clear that my '69 sleeps EVERY night in a locked
garage. Without fail!!

My '68 Ranchero 500... hell if somebody wants to steal it, go ahead, I could
use the insurance as a down on a new '05. But they'd have to get into a
secure gated community. Plus, it looks like a total POS even if there IS a
beast hidden under the hood. I'd be surprised if it got a second glance from
a would-be car thief. Plus I tend to always park next to either the rice boy
Mitsu next door, or the BMW across the hall. The BMW's been stolen twice in
the last 2 years and the 'Chero was parked next to it both
times...unlocked...with the windows down...and a full 5 gallon gas can in
the bed!! Hell I probably coulda left the keys in it and they still would've
taken the Bimmer. DUH!!!

The '66 is currently sleeping in a friends backyard with no motor, so if
they can get to it past the bulldog and the 6' fence, just to find out
there's no motor. Well, have fun trying to get back over before the bulldog
catches up if he hasn't scented you already. And he's a huge slobbering
beast!!
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Scott W.
'66 HCS Mustang 289
'68 Ranchero 500 302
'69 Mustang Sportsroof 351W
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