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October 07, 2010


Troy Gardner

Wow Richard, quite the ride

It would strike me as you were targetted early on, and that it was, very likely their core business :/ Makes me wonder how/when you became a target. Drive by perhaps?

Indeed as much as the car may be valuable, perhaps it's worth far more to have both keys near the door (if one is only a decoy/spare), so if ever they break in they don't go too far..and trust that tracking will notify you. Car's can be replaced, families cannot. oh yeah and... install a couple more tracking devices, including a hidden cockpit cam... :)

Though I do wonder about such tracking tech, that too can be used against you, if you rather than your car become the target.


(former colleage at Schematic)


Thanks for the full details - was keeping an eye on the twitter feed and wondered what exactly happened - sounds awful - best the Tavin and the kids.

One of my neighbors lost their car in a similar way though the thief used a coat hanger (or equivalent) to snag the car keys through the letter box.

If you want to know about CCTV give me a call - did the research earlier this year and ended up getting some kit from CCVTDirect which works very nicely.

Good iPhone/iPad app for remote access and easy to setup.

Alan J


Love the title of the blog ;)

Glad it worked out


Gareth Wong

Richard, my thoughts are with you and family.

It is traumatic being robbed, and we had our flats raided 2 times back in Hong Kong (grew up in council estates, thankfully we were not in!) before we installed iron bars (yes like a cage) to protect ourselves. I also got my wallet stolen in front of me (via distraction tricks) in madrid metro a month or so back, BUT nothing like having your roller coaster ride of home invasion!

Yes, I have always admired you the social media pioneers, but have aways been concerned about too open (my foursquare check-in are usually asynchronous just on the record, it could be done before, after or even next day), thats why despite having tweeter & blogger account since 2006 (reluctantly), I only started using them since 2008 onward.. and still have 'protected tweets' from day one (some of my arguments here: http://garethcxo.blogspot.com/2009/08/protected-tweet-or-not.html )

This does not answer to your key questions.. where to get the best home video/monitoring system, I have done some research as I wanted some installed also but after asking for quotes and even getting professional (contractors or even MD of Bosch security system), I find that it is sadly still ripped off Britain, one will have to spend thousands to get something decent. (when I last checked anyway).

If you however don't mind doing some DIY, then I found www.X10.com not bad, but buy it in US, as europe/UK will be twice the price! ;-(

Hope you will recover, but yes, be-careful location, and some self defence class (I recommend Aikido and/or krav maga) will not go amiss, as its confidence that counts.

Warmest regards & don't let them affect you.

This is also saddest part of UK, where we are giving millions away to multiple international causes but sadly have neglected the one thing needed for UK, which is social capital that has much been deprived and sadly the people that needed help down the road is left alone to rot, as they much needed 'self-help' and change of aspiration.. this is the cause that needed much attention IMHO.



Happy ending, shitty story :)


Look into SecuritySpy. I use it myself for IP based webcam security. It detects motion and uploads frames to both an out of state FTP server (in case someone tries to steal the computer running it) and to my phone via MMS. Supports multiple cameras. Glad you and the family are safe. You should drive a shittier car; no one steals a 99 Maxima. ;-)

external doors

Amazing really, I would have thought it would have had space age security as stock? Perhaps connect the battery to the chassis might be a good security measure :)

Locksmith Service in London

This Car is freaking beauty.

Andy Wilson

Kevin Harris

I love this blog, thanks for the story! I found also useful super burglar alarm for security after I've search online.

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