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Old 02-14-2002, 10:05 AM
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Secure car cover with lock?

Can anyone recommend a car cover for a Mercedes C43 (1999) that includes a very good lock system? I am looking for a cover that will not only protect the car from dings but would also discourage a potential thief.

I will be moving soon to a neighborhood less secure than the one I live in now, and even though there is garage parking, the garage has had problems with break-ins in the past.

My goal is to get something secure enough that an intruder would select another car in the garage before mine. Sounds bad, but you know what I mean. Criminals tend to take the path of least resistance...

I appreciate any feedback or recommendations!

ace

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Old 02-14-2002, 10:48 AM
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you'll unfortuantely find that car covers are very un-securable based upon the nature of fabric & securing method/ hardware

a person whom wishes to 'explore' underneath the cover may easily pull the cover over the front or back of the car and/or cut around the fabric where any securing hardware is attached to gain access

Formerly, I used an MB car cover with a cheapie lock and cable in an overnight underground parking facility with my '94 E320 Coupe. The underground facility was attacked twice (break-in;s to ~12 cars ea time)- - the Coupe was left unscathed (cover intact).

For obvious reasons, it helps reduce the chance of break-ins to keep an auto interior locked & 100% clutter free- no sunglass, no papers, no CDs, no tapes, no clothing, no phone- - nothing extraneous visible (those items may be secured in the trunk).

I recall that there are state-of-the-art super sensitive vehicle alarms that may provide some extra security for you, however- - the general rule still applies- - if a thief wants to get into your car, they will.

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Old 02-14-2002, 01:44 PM
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A "secure car cover with lock" is kind of an oxymoron anyway...

I had lived in a complex with garage parking, but my VW got broken into once (they were after the stereo, though unsuccessful) along with other vehicles.

One of the REAL problems was that the building manager never changed the locks...so previous (and unscrupulous) tenants would keep a duplicate key or "forget" to return the original, thus the thieves could casually let themselves in and help themselves to whatever they wanted at the time.

The problem stopped immediately after the practice of changing the locks was implemented.
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Old 02-15-2002, 08:44 AM
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I have a cover for my 97 C280. I use it mainly to keep the car clean, not really to discourage theft. My cover is the dealer item and is an exact fit for the car, it even has a little pouch for the hood star.

I do use a lock and cable that go under the car and attach each side of the cover to each other. Anyone that wanted could just lift up the front or back of the cover and have a go at my car. However, if someone wanted to steal my cover, they would have to cut around the lock area, this way no one can just lift off my cover and take it. They have to have a sharp knive or a pair of scissors if they want to keep the cover.

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