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Old 24th April 2014, 09:29   #46
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Default Re: Trends in Car Theft - ECM's in business rather than ICE

Just read this article on TOI - Stealing tough, carjackings rise and thought of posting it here. Seems like car manufacturers have done a good job of equipping most modern cars with immobilizers and anti-theft mechanisms that thieves are having a tough time breaking into. However, that is now resulting in more carjackings -- mostly SUVs and sedans!

BHPians please make sure:
  • All windows are rolled up and all doors properly locked and secured before you set off
  • Finding a parking in most cities is a major headache, but please go an extra mile and only park in well-lit, authorized, and designated parking areas.
  • Do not step out: Avoid rolling down your windows/stepping out of your car -- seems to be a favorite ploy of carjackers to lure unsuspecting victims into doing so on some pretext or the other.
I know there are other theft related threads on team-bhp that talk about the do's and dont's. I just wanted to reiterate the more common ones. Mods, please move if there is a more appropriate thread for this post.

Be safe!
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Old 24th April 2014, 12:54   #47
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Default Re: Trends in Car Theft - ECM's in business rather than ICE

The new WagonR too has the ECM in the engine bay. I used to have the impression that all modern cars have ECM behind the dashboard. But a few days after buying the car,I was surprised to see the ECM under the hood.

Can't there be a more safer place inside the cabin like behind the dash/console etc? After all, how much cost difference will that make to the company?

Since ECM costs around 18k or so, it makes one wonder whether some manufacturers are deliberately positioning it in a vulnerable area, so that more ECMs will be sold from their outlets.

Are there any tips/tricks for making the ECM more secure?
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Old 24th April 2014, 17:38   #48
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Default Re: Trends in Car Theft - ECM's in business rather than ICE

Unlike car stereo, this is not an accessory and the insurance should be compensating at least partially. If the insurance company compensates 50% cost, I don't see any reason why a stolen ECM should fetch more than 25-30%.

Looks like NCB wont be available for long!

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Does anyone know where it is located in Palio?
Car models that are relatively rare might be better off since the chance of a thief knowing the location is also lesser. Best sellers from Maruti and Hyundai would be at the biggest risk probably.
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