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Re: M140i stolen

Post by _ian » Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:16 pm

Sorry to hear this, and glad you are all okay.

It's not difficult to find a picture of your car on the driveway - have you posted it online anywhere with EXIF location data still intact?

Sounds like they came from the Midlands to get this, so maybe not as "opportunistic" as we think - great news that they have been arrested though!!
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Re: M140i stolen

Post by marco_polo » Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:23 pm

Almost all of the 27 recent attacks have been cheap Euro-lock snaps, with a couple via windows (broken glass or left open), iirc.
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Re: M140i stolen

Post by Mr Mustard » Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:19 pm

Feel for you OP, it takes a while to get over an experience like that.

When my S3 was stolen last year they got in by jemmying open the living room window. My home security was very poor at the time, not the case now, but I know that still doesn't make me invulnerable.

Unfortunate that so many of us don't take our home security seriously enough until it's too late.
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Re: M140i stolen

Post by msej449 » Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:24 pm

Someone mentioned that this had decided them against buying an M140i and others concerned re theft probability:

As I've mentioned before, police data for 2015 and 2016 put the M-lites as below-average probability of theft. Top Ten are mainly the big SUVs, S3, Escorts, 5 Series. After that, most others are much lower general chance of theft.

This isn't to diminish the impact on victims of car theft, especially if thieves have resorted to breaking-in to your home for they keys.

Police analysis is that cars on your drive are 3x more likely to be stolen than if in a locked garage, and cars on the street 2x more likely.

Also beware the 'comfort access problem'. There is no 'problem' - other than nowadays, police report that performance/luxury cars are usually stolen 'to order' by professional gangs i.e. they have a 'shopping list' of cars they can re-sell to known buyers, cruise 'round an area in search, and then sub-contract to people who will to take the risk to commit the crime. CA is one of the methods they'll use, but it's just one of a number. Once you're targeted, CA or not makes no difference.

But if you want to minimise the theft probability there are some simple measures: 1. Don't buy a large SUV, S3 or 5 Series 2. Do park in a locked garage by default (even in the summer) and if that's not an option, park it on the street randomly 3. Get Comfort Access (so they don't have to break in for the keys).

The worst thing to do is to park a luxury/performance car on your drive. If you have no alternative, then choose a model that's not in the Top Ten i.e. not an S3, X5, Q7, Range Rover, Discovery, Defender, 5 Series, or Escort. And something that isn't worth stealing.

Outside the 'Top Ten', the thefts of M-Lites are in the same category as for most other cars of equivalent cost: if you're spending £30K+ then whatever you choose, you'll find it equally a target. If this worries you (and I can understand it might) then perhaps consider buy something cheaper. If you go for a more expensive model of Mercedes, Jaguar, Audi etc. you'll just end up on a corresponding Forum reading about similar thefts.
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Re: M140i stolen

Post by richie7856 » Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:44 pm

For anyone who’s curious

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I think there’s a video somewhere explain why these are better

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Re: M140i stolen

Post by BillTheButcher » Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:53 pm

Really sorry to hear this. :(
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Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:24 pm
Outside the 'Top Ten', the thefts of M-Lites are in the same category as for most other cars of equivalent cost: if you're spending £30K+ then whatever you choose, you'll find it equally a target. If this worries you (and I can understand it might) then perhaps consider buy something cheaper. If you go for a more expensive model of Mercedes, Jaguar, Audi etc. you'll just end up on a corresponding Forum reading about similar thefts.
Very true. As an ex-owner of several cars that seem to get stolen more than others (Mk7 Golf R, 8P RS3, B7 RS4, etc.) I've scared myself silly reading about how many of these types of cars get nicked. In fact, one of the reasons I'm currently looking at BMWs is because I'm so worried about how often the car I'd originally earmarked (8V RS3) gets stolen.

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Re: M140i stolen

Post by Neil b » Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:05 pm

Just buy what you like and enjoy it life’s to short for if buts what’s 😀
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Re: M140i stolen

Post by Flat6 » Wed Dec 13, 2017 6:56 am

Sorry to hear that pal. Mine was also targeted a month ago in NW. They scaled the 6ft fence into my back garden (locked gate) and broke the conservatory and back door locks. Sash jammers ultimately kept them out. Cheap but effective. I’ve since added cctv and high security door handles and cylinders..

I’m close to the m6 so who knows, may even be the same scum that took yours but given the recent car crime stats probably not.

Let’s hope the car is written off, certainly wouldn’t want mine back once stolen.


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Re: M140i stolen

Post by razor61 » Sat Dec 30, 2017 6:38 pm

Just a quick update......
Car was recovered after a police pursuit in the West Midlands but has sustained front end damage. Car has now been delivered to an authorised repair centre in Preston and I took some photos of the damage which are below. Quite a shock to see the extent of the damage as I was told it had sustained ‘minor’ front end damage.
To say I’m gutted is an understatement, I have no choice but to have it repaired. The interior is dirty and there are scratches on the passenger side of the car which are quite bad plus other stuff.
Apart from stone chips on the front end which I always touched up, it was ‘as new’ and probably better as I had paint correction and Gtechniq Crystal applied professionally when bought new. There wasn’t a single scratch after 15 months as I bought all the Gtechniq stuff, never used a squeegee and it was always patted dry all over including the door jams etc. My intention was to keep it in as new condition as possible and then buy it at the end of the PCP agreement.
There is a longer story regarding where the car was taken and another 3 or 4 cars stolen along the way using exactly the same method of entry to the properties and lock snapping.

Before
https://www.dropbox.com/s/mi3ymeswiu33b ... 3.jpg?dl=0

After
https://www.dropbox.com/s/hghz0dmw04i7m ... 9.jpg?dl=0

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Re: M140i stolen

Post by russell hayward » Sat Dec 30, 2017 6:50 pm

This makes interesting viewing. When I came across this, I had all my locks changed the next week !

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Re: M140i stolen

Post by Simon Site Manager » Sat Dec 30, 2017 6:50 pm

Razor....absolutely gutted for you! At least it has come back and is repairable, also, no one hurt at home.

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Re: M140i stolen

Post by Jonhoe » Sat Dec 30, 2017 10:35 pm

razor61 wrote:
Sat Dec 30, 2017 6:38 pm
Just a quick update......
Car was recovered after a police pursuit in the West Midlands but has sustained front end damage. Car has now been delivered to an authorised repair centre in Preston and I took some photos of the damage which are below. Quite a shock to see the extent of the damage as I was told it had sustained ‘minor’ front end damage.
To say I’m gutted is an understatement, I have no choice but to have it repaired. The interior is dirty and there are scratches on the passenger side of the car which are quite bad plus other stuff.
Apart from stone chips on the front end which I always touched up, it was ‘as new’ and probably better as I had paint correction and Gtechniq Crystal applied professionally when bought new. There wasn’t a single scratch after 15 months as I bought all the Gtechniq stuff, never used a squeegee and it was always patted dry all over including the door jams etc. My intention was to keep it in as new condition as possible and then buy it at the end of the PCP agreement.
There is a longer story regarding where the car was taken and another 3 or 4 cars stolen along the way using exactly the same method of entry to the properties and lock snapping.

Before
https://www.dropbox.com/s/mi3ymeswiu33b ... 3.jpg?dl=0

After
https://www.dropbox.com/s/hghz0dmw04i7m ... 9.jpg?dl=0
Damn, quite a heavy hit, I’d rather the car was a wrote off, do you know for certain if it will be repaired or written off?
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Re: M140i stolen

Post by markm240i » Sat Dec 30, 2017 10:43 pm

No way that car is a write off from the photo.
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Re: M140i stolen

Post by timbo » Sat Dec 30, 2017 11:20 pm

The car is not a write off as it will obviously be repaired, but it may be a write off as far as the OP is concerned. Insurance companies wright a car off, pay the owner out then sell the car under contract to a salvage/recycling company who then either repair it themselves or turn a quick profit by selling it on as is for somebody else to repair.
In some cases it can work out cheaper for the insurance companies to pay the owner out and sell the damaged car on than repairing the car to the owners satisfaction.


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Re: M140i stolen

Post by markm240i » Sat Dec 30, 2017 11:32 pm

timbo wrote:
Sat Dec 30, 2017 11:20 pm
The car is not a write off as it will obviously be repaired, but it may be a write off as far as the OP is concerned. Insurance companies wright a car off, pay the owner out then sell the car under contract to a salvage/recycling company who then either repair it themselves or turn a quick profit by selling it on as is for somebody else to repair.
In some cases it can work out cheaper for the insurance companies to pay the owner out and sell the damaged car on than repairing the car to the owners satisfaction.


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Did you bother to read the update from the OP? In any case, most insurance policies pay out replacement value for a write off within 12 months from new. They really don't want to do that unless it really is a total write off, and from the picture, it a long way from being in that category.
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