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Hi

We have a new CH-R coming soon for my wife and she wants to get a Steering lock. Does anyone have any experience of a suitable steering lock that would fit on a CH-R? Looking at Stoplock and specifically the stoplock pro elite (although manufactures website does not state it is suitable on reviews have seen the pro elite model does fit). Also looked at the Milenco lock but reviews say this can damage the leather on a steering wheel due to the weight.

(Not looking to discuss the merits of keyless entry).

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Its a Toyota hybrid, there not high on car thieves wanted list.

A new C-HR will also have the theft resistant keyless fobs so you don't need to worry about that issue either.

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Our Regional Police Force (West Midlands) recommend using a steering wheel lock regardless of car manufacturer's security measures, due to the increasing numbers of vehicle thefts. 

The only two steering wheel locks which have met Sold Secure's Gold and Secured By Design standards are the Disklok and the Milenco High Security Steering Wheel Lock. 

We use a couple of Isuzu branded Carplay Longarms which met the previous Thatcham standard for steering wheel locks. 

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I heard that the disklocks are the most effective.

Don't forget that the keyless entry and start can be completely disabled via the car's menu if you feel more comfortable that way, thus removing it from any considerations as a potential security risk.

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I used a small DisKloK (13.7 - 15.3 inches 35cm - 39cm) on a Honda CRV that I owned for nine years. It is true that it can mark a steering wheel, particularly a leather one, but not if you purchase a wheel protective cover which is £15.55 on Amazon.  That makes the package around the £150 mark for the two which is not cheap but then 'Disklok has been awarded with the ‘Secured by Design’ accreditation by the official UK police initiative and the ‘Sold Secure’ Automotive Gold Rating certification.'  I used the Disklok extensively but always with the protective cover and the steering wheel was never marked in the nine years.  Surprisingly the small size also fits the Aygo, which I traded the CRV in for, so it is still in service today.  If I have one complaint it is that sometimes it is hard to get the key to push completely into the lock but it only ever delayed me for a couple of minutes and, considering the service it has given, that really is nitpicking.  I had need to have another key provided which I ordered using the reference tag supplied with the lock and that was sent in just about a week so good service as well.

It is testament to my history with the device that it is the first lock I looked for when buying the Aygo until I realised it would work there as well.

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Theft will be on the increase for sure as prices of gas, electric, council tax ie inflation in general shoots up, so wise to consider security measures now.

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No sane car thief is going to walk past a C-HR & try to steal it unless they had access to the keys either by breaking in to the house / gym locker etc to get them OR forcible taking them from the owner - those situations would make the steering lock useless as they would have the keys.

The only other way would be to remove / lift it with a tow truck - again the steering lock will do nothing. 

The keyless fob is now secure against relay theft ( unlike earlier C-HR ) & there are far much easier cars to target that can disappear under a minute. 

For us everyday mortals if it was a keyless Ford product or something from the JLR product line up or a Audi / high end VW then yes you would be wise to take extra precautions.

 

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3 hours ago, forkingabout said:

No sane car thief is going to walk past a C-HR & try to steal it unless they had access to the keys either by breaking in to the house / gym locker etc to get them OR forcible taking them from the owner - those situations would make the steering lock useless as they would have the keys.

The only other way would be to remove / lift it with a tow truck - again the steering lock will do nothing. 

The keyless fob is now secure against relay theft ( unlike earlier C-HR ) & there are far much easier cars to target that can disappear under a minute. 

For us everyday mortals if it was a keyless Ford product or something from the JLR product line up or a Audi / high end VW then yes you would be wise to take extra precautions.

 

You might be right in this regard except it assumes that the thief has his wits about him and is not flying high on drink, drugs or both.   There have also many instances where such vehicles are broken into not to steal the vehicle but the air bags.

Many years ago when I was in the Toyota MR2 driving club we had one member who had his car broken into just to steal some CDs, for some unknown reason the thief tried breaking in through the sun roof.  Looking at the damage cause some might think it would have been better had the thief had taken the car.

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22 hours ago, Hornet3D said:

You might be right in this regard except it assumes that the thief has his wits about him and is not flying high on drink, drugs or both.   There have also many instances where such vehicles are broken into not to steal the vehicle but the air bags.

Many years ago when I was in the Toyota MR2 driving club we had one member who had his car broken into just to steal some CDs, for some unknown reason the thief tried breaking in through the sun roof.  Looking at the damage cause some might think it would have been better had the thief had taken the car.

Personally the theft of my C-HR is the last thing I am concerned about, but there's no telling what goes through the chance thieves minds, usually addled with some substance or another. For the want of a better word, the professional thief is another entity and wants to take the vehicle with the least damage as possible and with the keys, hence the protection of your keys is a lot more important. 

I dare say the theft of Battery packs in Hybrid's, PHEV, and EV's will become the new catalyst convertors for the thief, both in the case of Hybrid's and PHEV's.

If you use a steering lock, it isn't a bad idea to leave some lock on the wheels, it may just make it more difficult for the loading to a low loader truck or trailer. 

 

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29 minutes ago, GBgraham said:

Personally the theft of my C-HR is the last thing I am concerned about, but there's no telling what goes through the chance thieves minds, usually addled with some substance or another. For the want of a better word, the professional thief is another entity and wants to take the vehicle with the least damage as possible and with the keys, hence the protection of your keys is a lot more important. 

I dare say the theft of battery packs in Hybrid's, PHEV, and EV's will become the new catalyst convertors for the thief, both in the case of Hybrid's and PHEV's.

If you use a steering lock, it isn't a bad idea to leave some lock on the wheels, it may just make it more difficult for the loading to a low loader truck or trailer. 

 

Some reports state that the latest target of thieves is the charging cables that can be either sold on to other owners or to scrap dealers due to the heavy metal content.

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6 minutes ago, Hornet3D said:

Some reports state that the latest target of thieves is the charging cables that can be either sold on to other owners or to scrap dealers due to the heavy metal content.

This and vehicles being stolen for parts. Production difficulties due to Covid and semi conductor shortages has supposedly affected the supply of parts, leading to an increase in demand, and in chop shops.

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4 hours ago, FROSTYBALLS said:

This and vehicles being stolen for parts. Production difficulties due to Covid and semi conductor shortages has supposedly affected the supply of parts, leading to an increase in demand, and in chop shops.

That is not a surprise, I guess the thieves react to life changes just as much as the rest of us do.  I did read somewhere that  lot of the car manufacturers, faced with a storage of parts to build cars, have tended to focus their production on the higher end cars in their range as there is more profit to be made on per sales basis compared with the more basic models. 

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