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Brigante
Right so I made a worrying discovery today. Upon walking out the front door for the first time earlier, I immediately noticed that the ford swivel badge on the grill was all the way open. When I tried to open the bonnet with the key, I found the connection had separated and the bonnet wouldn't open so I had to get my trusted screwdriver out to reconnect it.

I know the swivel badge wasn't like it yesterday cause I haven't had reason to open the bonnet for over a week, and when I was out with the Missus yesterday the swivel badge was definitely not open.

So it would appear someone has been mucking about trying to get into my bonnet during the night. Our bedroom is at the front of the house overlooking the driveway and we was still awake around 5am and we didn't hear anything so god knows when it's happened or even if anyone has been up to anything, But I can not think of any other reason for the swivel badge to be right the way round and the bonnet not being able to open.

Not really sure why I'm starting this thread as there is nothing that can be done about it but I'm obviously concerned so thought I'd share it with the forums.
Preee
It does sound like some one has attempted something.
Brigante
I know but when and why? Not like my cars worth nicking. Looks like someone tried to get into the bonnet but separated the connection. Then even if they got the bonnet open and the engine started, I've got a full face disklok on. Plus if they opened the bonnet the alarm would have went off. Still got me worried though :(
Preee
If it was a genuine attempt , they could have many reasons , parts perhaps.
Brigante
I know mate, so if they was genuinely an attempt they failed miserably. Is there any way of checking if anything has been done to the car that I cant immediately see? We do live in the middle of a right chavvy arse area.
oilburner79
Is it a diesel? Things like DPFs are worth quite a bit of money
johnH
someone/kids may have just been after your badge.

i know a big thing at the moment is the stealing of exhaust parts (catalytic converter) but even if they got into your bonnet they could tear out the wires and strip it down for the copper
Brigante
That's what I was thinking mate but they didn't do a good job of ripping it off, could have easily if they wanted to. Just ripping the badge off wouldn't of separated the bonnet lock connection would it?
Brigante
[quote name='oilburner79' timestamp='1345924153' post='203290']
Is it a diesel? Things like DPFs are worth quite a bit of money
[/quote]

Nah petrol mate, not that you could tell though cause it's been de-badged
GSM
This is why I have a dashcam!!
Brigante
[quote name='GSM' timestamp='1345933948' post='203323']
This is why I have a dashcam!!
[/quote]

May have to look into getting one mate living round here. Been needing to get gates put back on the driveway, but even they'll get nicked. Used to gave gates but pikeys nicked em when they made an illegal site round the corner, got up one morning and they had gone.
.Ryan
Sit up on your car and wait for the culprit to pounce!
Lenny
maybe they wanted to see if the engine matched the rear bumper,
If it did then it would be one to steal.
Brigante
[quote name='Rh1no' timestamp='1345948103' post='203328']
Sit up on your car and wait for the culprit to pounce!
[/quote]

Believe me mate I'd love to catch someone mucking about with me car, they'd have a right shock n a half when they see me flying at em out the door n by then it would be too late cause they'd be tied and gagged in me boot and there's a nice lake only minutes away ;)
Brigante
[quote name='Lenny' timestamp='1345975422' post='203360']
maybe they wanted to see if the engine matched the rear bumper,
If it did then it would be one to steal.
[/quote]

Doubt they'd be that silly mate lol cause it would look like an ST owner has started to convert it into a normal mk2 and no one would ever do that.

Has got me worried though about when I have completed the replica and there is a exterior perfect ST sitting on the driveway.
artscot79
ide be more worried about the insurance hike as well as it will be classed as a risk due to being more nickable i havent and wont be doing my car the insurance class a rep in the same band as an st regardless of what engines in it have you even asked them yet before you go any further the rear bumper already isnt standard to the model
Lenny
[quote name='Brigante' timestamp='1345986889' post='203387']


Doubt they'd be that silly mate lol cause it would look like an ST owner has started to convert it into a normal mk2 and no one would ever do that.

Has got me worried though about when I have completed the replica and there is a exterior perfect ST sitting on the driveway.
[/quote]

Could be nothing mate,
Kids around here used to play hide ans seek, by hidibg in the driveways so maybe they were hiding in front of your car and decided to play with your badge while waiting for their mates to pass by.
Brigante
[quote name='Lenny' timestamp='1345988651' post='203391']
Could be nothing mate,
Kids around here used to play hide ans seek, by hidibg in the driveways so maybe they were hiding in front of your car and decided to play with your badge while waiting for their mates to pass by.
[/quote]

It would have happened in the early hours of the morning though mate like gone 3am at least. And summin knocked the bonnet to make the connection separate.
Stoney871
Do you need to help me with my bulbs next?
Brigante
Funny you say that mate I was just thinking Clive's bulb looked a bit iffy when he came to help me change mine..
Stoney871
:P I think you're right.
Brigante
Just don't mind the knocking/screaming noise coming from me boot it's just me suspension playing up ;) See summin else you can help me with :P
GSM
[quote name='Brigante' timestamp='1345989106' post='203396']
Funny you say that mate I was just thinking Clive's bulb looked a bit iffy when he came to help me change mine..
[/quote]

Job: One Light Bulb Change
Charge: 2x 9 hours labour

You and Clive ever considered opening a Ford Dealership together?
Brigante
[quote name='GSM' timestamp='1345991910' post='203406']
Job: One Light Bulb Change
Charge: 2x 9 hours labour

You and Clive ever considered opening a Ford Dealership together?
[/quote]

Bargain imho mate, do you know how tricky it can be to change a light bulb :P reckon we'd make a killing opening a dealership ;)
Stoney871
Oh we'd make a killing alright. ;)
Brigante
Got a feeling the first customers who need light bulbs changing would be a biker and someone who likes swiveling badges ;)
artscot79
what you trying to say like.....lol
GSM
[quote name='Stoney871' timestamp='1345993275' post='203413']
Oh we'd make a killing alright. ;)
[/quote]

You're conspiring to murder! I'm going to phone the ...

... oh wait.
Stoney871
Yeeesss? B)
Brigante
Bloke getting his light bulb changed: 'Help!! Call the police!! :o'

Clive: 'I Am the police! :lol:'
GSM
[quote name='Brigante' timestamp='1346008549' post='203477']
Bloke getting his light bulb changed: 'Help!! Call the police!! :o'

Clive: 'I Am the police! :lol:'
[/quote]

Don't know if this will make sense down in DavidCameronLand, but here (especially 1.00-1.45):

[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAug1JjAq6o[/media]

Let me know if you need translations :P.......
Lenny
[quote name='GSM' timestamp='1346009336' post='203478']


Don't know if this will make sense down in DavidCameronLand, but here (especially 1.00-1.45):

[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAug1JjAq6o[/media]

Let me know if you need translations :P.......
[/quote]

Reminds me of trainspotting lol
GSM
[quote name='Lenny' timestamp='1346010203' post='203480']
Reminds me of trainspotting lol
[/quote]

Pfft, Trainspotting wis based in Edinburgh (SPIT!).
Stoney871
[IMG]http://i1130.photobucket.com/albums/m522/stoney871/Gifs/happy0071.gif[/IMG] [IMG]http://i1130.photobucket.com/albums/m522/stoney871/Gifs/kick_ass3.gif[/IMG]
Lenny
[quote name='GSM' timestamp='1346010397' post='203481']


Pfft, Trainspotting wis based in Edinburgh (SPIT!).
[/quote]
Accent sounds the same imo lol
GSM
[quote name='Lenny' timestamp='1346010800' post='203484']
Accent sounds the same imo lol
[/quote]

:o How offensive!
Brigante
That would be me n Clive on my first day if I joined the force :P
grahamp
[quote name='Brigante' timestamp='1345924139' post='203289']
We do live in the middle of a right chavvy arse area.
[/quote]

You've just described 70% of UK towns unfortunately :-/
Stoney871
The words handcart and hell come to mind.
jeebowhite
Does sound like more of a burglary attempt. I expect that they probably dont think that the bonnet is alarmed! they probably thought that its a pop switch inside the car. some people are sad enough to steal anything, recently I had some git stole my nut cover for the front windscreen wiper. Sad really!!!

Once the bonnet is opened, they would have thought the world there oyster, perhaps they thought popping the bonnet would give easier access to the badge?
Brigante
Not sure what you mean there mate cause they must have known how the bonnet opens to have known about the badge swiveling to reveal where the key goes.

If they had of managed to pop the bonnet though the alarm would have went off anyway.
jeebowhite
yeah its a weird scenario, hopefully nothing further comes of it, however, I think the Focus is a bit obvious on how to open the bonnet! mainly because its the one car that people will drive with the badge upside down and the wrong way, so even a dumb crim could work that bit out, not necessarily to say that they knew the alarm would be triggered!
ijustwantafile
[quote name='Brigante' timestamp='1345935375' post='203325']
May have to look into getting one mate living round here. Been needing to get gates put back on the driveway, but even they'll get nicked. Used to gave gates but pikeys nicked em when they made an illegal site round the corner, got up one morning and they had gone.
[/quote]

Although it won't stop anyone but it might alert you seeing as your bedroom is at the front and also scare people off you could get something like a window alarm and put it on the gate and flick it to "on" just before you go to bed or when you get back from work.

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Cost of £5-£15 might be worth having a go. just put something waterproof around it and spray it black or same colour as your gate. Although the post man might also have a fright but that depends if you have a post box at the end of the drive of not as well.
Brigante
[quote name='ijustwantafile' timestamp='1346247776' post='203942']
Although it won't stop anyone but it might alert you seeing as your bedroom is at the front and also scare people off you could get something like a window alarm and put it on the gate and flick it to "on" just before you go to bed or when you get back from work.

[url="https://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&tbm=shop&q=window+alarm&oq=window+alarm&gs_l=products-cc.12...0.0.0.5924.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0..0.0...0.0...1ac."]https://www.google.c....0...0.0...1ac.[/url]

Cost of £5-£15 might be worth having a go. just put something waterproof around it and spray it black or same colour as your gate. Although the post man might also have a fright but that depends if you have a post box at the end of the drive of not as well.
[/quote]

Had been thinking of censors at the bottom of the drive to set an alarm off if anyone walks during the night that we'd turn on before bed.

Can't put em on the gates though, as I mentioned before even the gates got nicked about a year back lol, only got the concrete gate posts left.
Stoney871
Security lights and dummy security cameras.
Usually a visual deterrent is enough, they.ll just go elsewhere.
Brigante
Unrelated cause someone mucking about with me badge must of happened friday night, but the Missus just shown me this about what happened on sunday night round the corner from me;

http://www.thisisnottingham.co.uk/Vandals-damage-20-cars-overnight-rampage-Bulwell/story-16780296-detail/story.html
Stoney871
Lovely area, twinned with Kabul?
Time for the cameras mate.
Brigante
Think I may camp out in the car tonight with something heavy, see the scum bags faces if they approach my car.
Brigante
Here's where all the damage was

[IMG]http://i1256.photobucket.com/albums/ii487/therealbrigante/Capturekjpkpkp.jpg[/IMG]
Lenny
[quote name='Brigante' timestamp='1346271442' post='204015']
Think I may camp out in the car tonight with something heavy, see the scum bags faces if they approach my car.
[/quote]

I'll bring some red bull and a wheel brace mate with custom cross drilled hole in the base of it to allow for a small ring of rope to pass through it and around the wrist to ensure it doesn't slip out of grip or get pulled from grip neither lol id love to get a pop at them.


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