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Break in and theft warning

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Last night my wife got home at about 6pm with our 18mth old daughter to find someone had smashed their way through a window and trashed our house. By the looks of it i would say they were looking for cash however wouldn't have found anything. They have taken 2 laptops and the spare keys to both our cars.

As a result we cannot stay at the house until we get the cars re-keyed.

I had never really thought about hiding our spare car keys before, but definitley will in the future as i imagine this is going to be an expensive lesson

Makes you feel sick knowing someone was rifling through all your things and at some point they will come back to get the cars.

Lucky they didn't go into the back yard as i had my motorbike stored in the shed. I think our dogs would have stopped them

The cops finally showed up at 10pm. Nothing they can really do though. Poor guy had already been to 11 and had another 6 to go. They really are desperately undermanned.

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that sucks mate..... hope the re-keying exercise isnt to costly...

 

so 17 break ins in your area yesterday alone? just staggering.....

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There aren't many police stations around here and so they cover a large amount of suburbs. We were the only one in our estate to get hit but it was clearly a bad night for it

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Sorry to hear that... and a good reminder for all of us...All the cops I know would like nothing better than to get their hands on the thieving scumbags that broke into your house... they steal your property but worse is taking away your family's sense of security... Hanging would be too good for them (but it would do in a pinch!).  Sadly the courts treat burglary like a minor offence, as they do with stealing cars and driving like a maniac through red lights, wrong side of the road etc... called 'joy-riding', nothing of the sort for the poor victims....

Glad to hear the dogs earning their keep though!!

Cheers, Simon J.

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Sorry to hear mate but luckily your wife and child weren't home some of these do turn violent,unfortunately they persons that did it are probably out on bail for plenty of the same offences.police are sick of it many many hours of work to find these people and the courts give them chance after chance and they keep offending.

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That really sucks to hear. 

A friend of mine had the exact same experience on Saturday: broad daylight, forced entry by smashed door, went after money, spare keys and jewelry and made a mess while at it.  Not far from your location. On the chance its the same mob, and you see this car lurking about, call the cops. 

 

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My wife left home at 9am and was back at 6pm so they did it during daylight hours. Will keep an eye out, thanks for the heads up.
Also in the process of getting a quote for an alarm/camera system

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Epping mitsubishi have recoded my car free of charge given the circumstances which was really nice of them. Looking close to $800 for the missus car as its a renault and by the time its recoded and a new fob ordered from france its an expensive exercise

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Epping mitsubishi have recoded my car free of charge given the circumstances which was really nice of them. Looking close to $800 for the missus car as its a renault and by the time its recoded and a new fob ordered from france its an expensive exercise

The message here is buy a Mitsi not a Renault. That's a bullshit price for five minutes work on a computer ordering another fob etc. It might be worth calling fair trading/consumer affairs? . That's a clear cut rip off .

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If u have insurance. Put all on the claim. Or claims. As this crap does cost us. And we pay insurance to cover us for it. Future tho. Put yuh keys in a hidin safe like I always have. I know it's annoying. But it's peace of mind and one less thing if it ever happens. Like most people don't think having fire extinguishers around the house or shed. Same deal. Prevention is better than waiting for the shit to happen. Try putting all on the insurance bro. They should cop it. Good luck.


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Break down of full cost to get the wifes Renault changed
Door lock $342.00, single key for existing fob $106.00, key & replacement fob $544.00, labour $264.00
Insurance will only cover up to $500.00

The key is hidden inside the fob incase of emergency with the lock on the car not where you would think it would be.

So i could just replace the fob for $544 + labour and hope they can't work out the key. Even if they did make it in the car they wouldn't be able to start it.

Not sure which way to go

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8 hours ago, PeteV said:

That's a bullshit price for five minutes work on a computer ordering another fob etc. That's a clear cut rip off .

Thats a little harsh. 

The marque i used to work for each software license (per 1 computer) to code the key fob to the car was about $100,000 AUD. The skills required to operate said computer required 4+ years general training plus specialist marque specific training (4 weeks per year at full wages).

Plus plus plus the usual overheads, express freight etc. It can get up there pretty quick. 

I know a great automotive locksmith that does all our key coding and isnt afraid of european cars. If you want his number let me know.  

I would be getting the stolen keys access wiped and then sorting out a spare down the track. 

 

 

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I disagree
Given the price break down provided showing a new lock cost etc it's not that bad but the $264 labour ?
Tier one tradesman are charged out at around $200 an hour .
There no space shuttle programmers at the Renault dealership.
A car dealership wouldn't be paying a $100,000 license to re code locks on cars they sell .
I dont believe any software application at the Renault dealership takes 4 years to learn operate . Turn it up.
I'm allowed to disagree - Even in the choice magazine article I linked they suggested it was a growth market ...



Perhaps the Renault lock system is far superior to the Mitsubishi - seeing they were able to do it for free .

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Its not that its rocket science. Its that they dont want an over zealous ķnow it all apprentice making a mistake codeing it. Rendering a $455 key useless and explaining to the client that its going to be another 4 weeks to get another key from france. 

$264 labour is about normal dealer rates. An hour to fit the door lock at $120 and a diagnostic/key code charge at $140. Thats not alot more then what it would cost at an independant workshop.

You can disagree all you want, im just telling you (from my 15 years in the industry) why things cost what they do. 

 

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I went through this exact thing.
Except my wife and my kids and I were home at the time.
They must have been quiet as I didn't hear them.
I only woke up to the sound of my car being started and driven out of the drive.

We had just come back from a long weekend away and my car was loaded to the hilt with all our gear including motorbike gear fishing gear camping gear etc etc

The car was found only 5 klm from my house.

The lucky thing is that the house insurance covered everything that was in the car as it was parked in the driveway.
House insurance covered all the things in the house including the set of keys to my wife's car.

At that time there was approx 10 cars in a 15 klm radius getting stolen a night.

Since then I have installed CCTV and also have a 45 kg dog that won't let a fly in the backyard. (I think the dog has scared off a would be burglar as I saw someone in the CCTV looking over the back fence).

Best thing is that my girls who were 7 & 5 at the time DO NOT know that someone was in the house.



I normally wake up around 5am but as we got home really late I set my alarm for 5.30.
Police assume they were in the house around 4.55am.
Could be a different story I'm telling if I woke up
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Yeah spent last night at home and didnt sleep much. The wife kept hearing noises for me to go check out. Think i might have to invest in a baseball bat for under the bed. Glad we weren't home as when it happened as that would be terrible, especially with young kids.

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That's shit news to hear.
I'd be feeling violated bigtime..
My ute got broken into at work on nightshift a few years back, wallet, gps etc gone... such a bad feeling. Nothing compared to what's happened to you though.
Roughly what area are you located?

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Yeah spent last night at home and didnt sleep much. The wife kept hearing noises for me to go check out. Think i might have to invest in a baseball bat for under the bed. Glad we weren't home as when it happened as that would be terrible, especially with young kids.


My wife and I didn't sleep properly for weeks if not months.
Even with the CCTV the dog and sensor lights. I still couldn't sleep properly.

I do have a baseball bat under the bed too.
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I am located around South Morang / Mill Park area. I don't care about the stuff thats stolen as it can be replaced. Its the feeling it leaves you with knowing these kinds of people have been in your house and through all your things. You just feel violated.
Also the feeling of knowing that they will be back for the cars is terrible. Alarm guy is coming out tonight.

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What model Renault was it , I have a spare 2013 onwards  Renault key fob , you can have if it can be recoded ,


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