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Keeping my Z safe in LA

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Hi everyone,

I'm actively looking for a Z in the LA area and I'm probably about to make a deal very soon.

One of my main issue will be to keep my baby safe. I'm not a fool and I know that there is no 100% secured protection for a classic car but I'll do my best.

Problem : I live in Venice and I'm moving into a new place with no parking spot and no garage (well, it's Venice). There is enough street parking though and the street isn't too sketchy, it's a relatively nice and safe area.

What would you advice to secure the car ? I don't mind going through the hassle in the morning removing whatever security is 'on' as long as it works pretty well.

I was thinking Club steering wheel lock, as a start, but what else ?

Removing an important mechanical piece so the car won't start ? (which one and where is it located? I'm still learning)

I'm also thinking of buying a car cover to protect it from UV and salty marine air. Maybe it's an additional theft protection or wouldn't they care at all ? (or worse, think the car is actually worth a lot more money...)

Any advice welcome about keeping the car safe and protected in West LA (or other similar urban area I guess)

Thanks!

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I had removing the rotator cap work once. They ran the battery all the way down trying to start it but I got to keep the car. I have crazy ideas like a recording that makes the car sound like it is turning over when it isn't. Specifics might not want to be shared. There are immobilizers that come with alarms. New cars use immobilizers but the complicated electronics running the engine makes them hard to defeat.

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On numerous occasions I have suggested removing the rotor. Thirty years ago, my family had to park our car in a hotel parking garage in SF. My brother pulled the rotor as an anti-theft measure. The car was always in the same place as we parked it.

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Install an electric fuel pump and cutoff switch that only YOU know where it is! At the end of the day though, if someone wants your car they're going to pull it up onto a flatbed trailer & run off with it.

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I used to loosen the quick releases on my racing bike when going in a store.....maybe take the lug nuts off a wheel,,,, the car may go 10 feet before it drops like an anchor.

A bike lock through a wheel can also jam a get away.

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A friend of mine had a normally open switch spliced into the starter wire going from the lock to the fire wall. He had the type of emergency brake where you pushed the pedal to engage and pull a knob to release. He set the switch so that you had to pull the brake release lever to close the switch and engage the starter.

His thought was that most car thieves want to be gone in under a minute. Even if the perp pulled out the ignition lock, it wouldn't crank. After two or three twists with a screwdriver and no results, the perp would seek another vehicle to lift.

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I agree with those who mentioned pulling the rotor. I've done it for over 40 years. You can remove the coil to distributor wire instead. Either is quick, easy, and free.

Dennis

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Awesome, thanks guys. Rotor it is then.

What do you think about the steering wheel locks?

I heard that for a real theft it's probably going to be a piece of cake to bend and remove it ? But additional protection is always good I guess, especially when it's very cheap ?

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I have a kill switch on the battery. I also kill the battery when in storage. it's easy to install and cheap.

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The "car zapper" sounds like a lawsuit waiting to happen, for the same reason "booby traps" in your home are not allowed.

All that has to happen is for someone to get zapped, fall and hit their head or break and arm and they can sue you. It doesn't matter that it's no lethal, they will have suffered injury.

I don't agree with it, but have read of a similar case where a burglar sued the home owner because he was "captured" by the device and couldn't leave. He sued and won for wrongful imprisonment.

Found this on the web: "Use of Force

If your booby-trap constitutes the use of force on anyone, then you must take great care and consideration before deploying it because use of force requires that you reasonably believe that force is immediately necessary. If your booby-trap uses force on someone that it wasn’t reasonable to use force on (child wanders on your property) then you will probably have your own crime to answer for."

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I agree with other posts that the simplest thing to do is disable the ignition or use a battery cut-off. These will prevent "casual" thieves.

But if a professional car thief really wants it, there's not much you can do to prevent them from just dragging it onto a trailer with a winch.

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nice wheels? wheel locks. sound system? take it out. good alarm system? protected by smith and wesson sticker?

get the whole car wrapped in a wrap that has graphics on it that are graffiti rust and dents.

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For car cover protection I thought of sewing on patches to make it look like it was repaired. I like the wrap idea with the phony rust. Ha!

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Awesome, thanks guys. Rotor it is then.

What do you think about the steering wheel locks?

I heard that for a real theft it's probably going to be a piece of cake to bend and remove it ? But additional protection is always good I guess, especially when it's very cheap ?

Steering wheel locks don't work for most. You can just cut the wheel to take it off. If you get and automatic, there is a brake lock that works better then the wheel lock. But pull the cord to the coil and you should be good

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