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Old 09-22-2010, 02:15 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Theft prevention maybe? any ideas?

So i was on ebay, and there is a chinese company selling cheap GPS receivers. wouldnt this be a good way to track down your bike if it was stolen? tracks to within 5 meters. you dont have to pay for a monthly service and you can track it anywhere. they r no bigger than a cell phone and wire in to youre power, and if the bike is on its receiving juice. if the bike is shut down, it has a 5 day battery. any ideas on this anybody?
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Old 09-22-2010, 02:16 PM   #2
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how would that GPS reciever help if the bike was indoors?
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Cell phones work indoors
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Most of the GPS units only receive. They are typically used to monitor where something has been after it comes back into your possession. Not so practical for a theft.

The services are there because they receive a message from the unit stating where the unit is. Then you can follow its progress.

If I was going to try something I would go for the Spot personal locater and hack an auto message to update every once in a while. unfortunately this has limited updates per month so it also may not be practical.

My recommendation? Lo-Jack, garage, dog, firearm and insurance. I have all of that except the lo-jack for my bike. Plus I have a gated and guarded parking area at work, which is pretty much the only place I ride to. Even if my bike was stolen it wouldn't be grand theft, because it's that crappy.
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yeah i wouldnt really soley rely on a cheaper product.... not bashing my people but i wouldnt bet on it's reliability.
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LoJack FTW! It's a proven product.

The problem I've seen with every one of the GPS products (even the ones that incorporate cellphone technology) is they have a disclaimer along the lines of "may not work if vehicle is indoors, etc.".

LoJack works if the bike is in a van, building, etc.
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ive seen a few different kinds. some monitor where the vehicle has been, and some are designed to be a permanent fixture and offer real time monitoring.
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I've seen it were people use old cells phone to track there stolen bike or car. They hook it up to a charger so it connected to the battery and remains fully charged at all times until the battery is disconnected. Then somehow they get the police or cell phone company to track the cell phone. I dont know the full details on it, but i am sure there are some how-to on this.
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I've seen it were people use old cells phone to track there stolen bike or car. They hook it up to a charger so it connected to the battery and remains fully charged at all times until the battery is disconnected. Then somehow they get the police or cell phone company to track the cell phone. I dont know the full details on it, but i am sure there are some how-to on this.
I think Jim posted a how to on this very idea this year.


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Lojack or rlink alarm w GPS. Plus rlink will work with some cell phone towers if inside a building. Lojack can too.
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Old 09-23-2010, 10:55 AM   #14
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I think Jim posted a how to on this very idea this year.


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Thats it, I couldnt remember where I saw this at! Thanks!
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Park smarter is the best device I've EVER seen.
Yes, but even that only helps out so far.

Il like the cell phone write up as I was thinking of that + setting the cell phone as a cut off switch, so that if I call the cell, it'd shut the car off. (of course my luck some telemarketer would get my number. haha.
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garage and insurance.... im not so attatched that a new bike wouldnt chear me up.....lol
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i agree!!! why would you want to go the mall or movies on your bike??? for that matter going ANYWHERE where human eyes you trust can't see it.
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garage and insurance.... im not so attatched that a new bike wouldnt chear me up.....lol
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