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LukePowell

Ford Fiesta 2011 Attempted Theft - Zetec S1600

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Just posting this as information for other people out there. The other morning I came out to find a thief had punched a hole through my drivers window (right in the corner so my alarm didn't pick them up, I have since moved the ultrasonics!) to try and program their own key in via the OBD Port and steal my car.

The way the thieves steal keyless Fords is by plugging a device into the OBD port, pressing the 'Power' button, then this wakes the Computer/ECU up and from this they can then program their own key in, remove their device and then unlock and start the car. This process can take minutes and it makes hardly any noise.

The OBD Port Protector I have installed on my car saved it, it stopped the thief from programming their key in and driving away my pride and joy. This problem/thieves with the equipment seems to only be around Essex & Kent at the minute but it will soon spread to other areas I'm sure. Luckily I only had to fork out £40 for a new window and not £10,000+ for a new car!

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Gutted for you mate, theres some scum about. But like you said at least they didnt get away with your car :)

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Not jsut Essex and Kent buddy these guys have started to share there tricks in and around Scotland as well. Lucky you never lost you're car, jsut a pain about the window. As you said though rather a window than a whole car.

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LUCKY

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Have you got a link to the ODB port protector that you got, and do you know if they are universal? That's the last thing I want and I live in Kent!

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There's some right thugs about.

I have one of these on my steering wheel. http://www.amazon.co.uk/DISKLOK-STEERING-WHEEL-THATCHAM-APPROVED/dp/B004L4N5KI

It seems to have deterred anyone from doing any damage to my car (well apart from some thug putting a screwdriver in my fuel cover lock on my last car.)

I know you have a 'protector' on the port, but maybe you could consider a lock then it won't happen again...

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I have a steering wheel lock but it never gets used, far too much hassle for the 10-12 times I get in and out of my car daily!

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Apparently you can get the OBD connector disabled at the dealership, I wonder how they do that? And how easy it is to reactivate.

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And thankfully they didn't scratch the paint either >.<

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Very true! I'm glad they didn't try the other way of getting in! I've seen one fiesta where they forced a screwdriver down the side of the drivers door to get to the little screw that holds the lock cylinder in to open the central locking that way... Very Messy!!

You can put switches/cut the wires to the OBD port but these people know what they're doing and they'll just follow the wires back to the looms in the car/ find the switch. The beauty of the OBD Protector is that its always there and only needs to be touched if you breakdown/car goes in for a service. Just google 'ProtectAVan' or 'OBD Protection' and they'll probably come up

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