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Old 7th January 2015, 15:40   #16
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removes the Gear Lock with a cutter,
I thought somebody would need a gas cutter to cut the gear lock. Or it is possible with AXA blade?
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I thought somebody would need a gas cutter to cut the gear lock. Or it is possible with AXA blade?
It is a mystery since the news article states "Then he removed the gear lock with a cutter."

But then there are small can shaped (just as a HIT insect killer bottle) gas cutters available in the market which the AC guys also use now-a-days as they are really handy.

I am not aware whether the Duster has a Pin type or a U shaped gear lock.

It is understandable that a U shaped gear lock can be removed by a cutter, but is it possible to remove the Pin type gear lock by cutting and if not so then isn't the Pin type gear lock more safe?

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Rajeev1 - Doesnt the Duster come with a key which has an immobiliser in it? If yes then is it still possible to hotwire the car and steal it?
It seems that either the thief was a novice or was an old hand who after leaving the profession was trying to re-kindle it by applying old methods.

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I thought somebody would need a gas cutter to cut the gear lock. Or it is possible with AXA blade?
What is AXA blade? Do you mean hacksaw blade?
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What is AXA blade? Do you mean hacksaw blade?
Yes, hacksaw. Axa is one brand.
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It seems that either the thief was a novice or was an old hand who after leaving the profession was trying to re-kindle it by applying old methods.
That explains how the police could do an impromptu assessment and declare the bloke as "mentally unstable"
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It seems that in all the talks of the police-criminal nexus and bashing of the law enforcement agency, the subject matter of the thread was lost somehow.

This thread was conceptualized with the vision to be aware of the fact that “How Safe are Our Cars” and other vehicles out there on the streets and to sum up the course of action to be undertaken to make them safer from being prone to theft in our day to day lives.

The doubts that arise are:

1. Is the installation of Immobilizers fool proof or can they be worked through?

2. How safe are the auto locks, anti theft devices and alarm systems?

3. Is the Pin type Gear Lock better than the U-shaped one and whether it can be cut as the U-shaped one can be?

4. What protection do the GPS systems provide and do they provide any resistance from being removed?

5. What is the safety provided by Steering Locks?

6. How easy it is to disable your vehicle/install Ignition kill switch so as to make it difficult to crank the vehicle?

7. Does engraving/etching the windows and other parts with vehicle number/chassis number/ VIN etc. help?

8. How easy is it to use the Tyre locks in day-to-day life?

The safety of our vehicles and the answer to the doubts raised above and many more which may arise lie somewhere in between the above questions and is for us to find.

And last but not the least, my wify states that if you are so much concerned with the safety of our vehicles then just keep them at home, it is the best method to secure them!!
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