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Manuka plaza “secure parking”

By Paddy - 9 October 2010 45

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A friend of mine had his car stolen last night in the heavily fortified sanctuary of Mauka plaza.

His early thoughts of a highly secure garage for his car were shattered last night when he discovered it stolen.

Through his own investigation he managed to discover that the highly advertised sanctum that is supposed to be the car park actually does not have any working security cameras.

This is borderline crazy, and a shout out to the AFP – the case officer is as feeble as my attempts for love this week.

Just for my mates sake: its a white Toyota Celica coupe, 1975, Rego: YEP 90J, if anyone knows anything give him a call on 0425869068 – ask for furgo.

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Manuka plaza “secure parking”
grunge_hippy 8:28 pm 09 Oct 10

stuff working, with all these tips, I’m off to start a successful life of crime.

shiny flu 8:28 pm 09 Oct 10

Pretty much every carpark has a disclaimer that they aren’t responsible for any theft.

The police also aren’t going to search every household in Canberra just to find ‘another stolen item’.

It’s a horrible thing to have something stolen, but it happens.

vg 8:15 pm 09 Oct 10

farq said :

A car stereo guy can fit a hidden fuel cut off switch for about $50.

Not as good as a immobiliser, but having one saved my old car a couple of times.

I am crying as I type this………but…………+1!

JC 7:34 pm 09 Oct 10

WillowJim said :

“The case officer is as feeble as my attempts for love this week.”

I think this deserves further discussion.

Think it means he got knocked back from Fyshwick.

Captain RAAF 5:45 pm 09 Oct 10

Early Celica, it’s in Sydney as we speak being reborn as a written off one. They are getting pretty thin on the ground and the rice boys would not have hesitated with this one as it looks nice.

Troll-sniffer is correct, Rotor buttons are the way to go, me being a real man and driving old school V8’s saw me yank the rotor button out of my GT every time I left it anywhere but be warned, thieves, the professional ones (yeah, there are people who just steal cars) will stake out your car, make sure they have what they need, watch you park it, see you raising the bonnet and tinkering with something, they’ll put 2 and 2 together and come up with rotor button.
It pays to have a back-up, loosen the coil lead so it looks attached but isn’t, have an immobiliser switch in the engine bay as well as in the drivers compartment but best thing you can do, if you have to leave the car in a place it could get stolen from is be quick when shopping, pay attention to people eyeing your car off as you pull in…or be 6′ tall, 95 kg and built like Gladiator….what can I say, Mum likes my car.

DJ 5:43 pm 09 Oct 10

Are you attributing blame on everybody except the offender and yourself?

Others have pointed out the things you could have done to reduce the chance of having this older car stolen by some young’n with nothing more than a screwdriver and a mate as lookout. Was there a steering lock, alarm or even security stickers? Nothing?

Well that’s what you’ve now got…

farq 5:24 pm 09 Oct 10

A car stereo guy can fit a hidden fuel cut off switch for about $50.

Not as good as a immobiliser, but having one saved my old car a couple of times.

troll-sniffer 5:15 pm 09 Oct 10

Wake up call for owners of older cars here. Get some sort of immobiliser fitted. Or, if you want to save money, just do what I did a few years ago and get adept and removing the rotor button from the distributor. The car cannot be started without a rotor button, the likelihood of a thief having one in their possession would be about 0.00000000000000000001% and it’s small enough to fit in a pocket. Takes 10 secs to remove and replace at each end of the park.

(Mostly doesn’t work for electronic ignition cars but we’re talking older cars here).

Spideydog 5:01 pm 09 Oct 10

vg said :

What is ‘feeble’? Police don’t actively go out and look for the car. They take a report and when its found (if it is) they contact the owner. That’s all

I thought a strike force would be set up to retrieve said vehicle ….. My, they have got pretty feeble these days !!! I wonder what sort of anti-theft devices this vehicle had fitted, none I presume. But it’s always the fault of police.

Hope your m8 gets his car back in one piece and then installs a proper immobilser. If everyone fitted one of these there would be almost be no car theft, and less calls of feeble police attempts to get thier car back. Sigh !!

vg 4:34 pm 09 Oct 10

What is ‘feeble’? Police don’t actively go out and look for the car. They take a report and when its found (if it is) they contact the owner. That’s all

WillowJim 4:00 pm 09 Oct 10

“The case officer is as feeble as my attempts for love this week.”

I think this deserves further discussion.

creative_canberran 3:59 pm 09 Oct 10

“His early thoughts of a highly secure garage for his car were shattered last night when he discovered it stolen.”

Does it have all entrances secured with doors that can only be opened with a swipe card? If it doesn’t, not sure why anyone would think it’s secure. What makes it fortified, who claims it is?

As for the vehicle, over 85,000 cars are stolen every year, most over ten years of age and taken by casual thieves. An engine immobiliser can be added to any vehicle and only costs about $200 fitted under the “Immobilise Now” program.

The police get swamped with heaps of these reports, frankly most could have been avoided had the owner taken better care. Don’t go slagging them off.

bd84 3:58 pm 09 Oct 10

Like most things in this world, nothing is fully theft proof. Security is always just a deterrent, if someone really wants to steal something there will always be a way to do it. The AFP is hardly able to be proactive looking for a old bomb of a car worth a few grand, they will find it when whoever nicked it has finished and dumped it.

Tooks 2:54 pm 09 Oct 10

“A highly secure garage?” Hardly. Does it advertise itself as such (serious question)? I’ve parked there many times – never seemed particularly secure to me.

An old car, easy to steal, presumably no decent anti-theft devices attached. Unfortunately, if it’s not already a burnt out shell, it’s probably copped a pretty good flogging.

If you do get it back in tact, put some kind of anti-theft devices on it. It might be just enough of a deterrent for a crook to say “bugger this” and move to the next car.

Ari 2:46 pm 09 Oct 10

Does your mate take a picture of his car every time he leaves it in a car park?

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