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D2 Facelift Headlights stolen too.

Discussion in 'Land Rover Discovery' started by Daveblu, Sep 29, 2013.

  1. thebiglad

    thebiglad Well-Known Member

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    Has anyone every tried using "Data-Tag" - it's a product normally associated with motorcycles and theft prevention.

    With it's contents it can etch metal, plastic and glass; plus it has electronic senders that can be scanned.

    So you could easily deep-etch the headlights to identify them.

    Dave
     
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    We can etch glass or plastic using our blasting cabinet if anyone can find suitable stencils. I hate thieves so much (I'm a motorcyclist) I do bloody well do it for free if people masked up their own lights. It would only take a minute or two.
     
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    I think that this has kind of made me paranoid!

    I was out in the tank yesterday, and got followed by a 3 door D1. He was going a different way and then started following me, I know this because I took a detour and if you know the area/follow a satnav then you have no reason whatsoever to go this route, so I took a LONG route home and he followed me for quite a while! I doubled back on myself twice.

    Now, for all I know he was just jealous of my superior D2.... but it was strange.

    I'm now going to put 12 inch wood screws through the lights/fit light guards and straps! I don't want to buy new headlights, it's one of the few things on the tank I'm happy with and don't want to change!!! :eek:
     
  4. peak4

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    Yes, I had this confirmed recently in a conversation with a Scenes of Crime officer.
    He specifically mentioned Disco headlights and cannabis farms; it's not just that they help plants grow quickly, but that they also run a lot cooler than 500watt halogens, so thermal imaging from a police force helicopter is less likely to spot a farm.
    I guess marking them up would still assist the police in any drug prosecutions as well.
     
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    From what I've read, marking the lights with whatever method, etching, DataTag, etc. is not really going to help, unless the lights are going to be used on the road again, and even then only if the police are aware that the device has been so marked; they aren't going to sit down and scan dozens, possibly hundreds of devices in the vain hope that they might find one which has been marked.

    In many cases, even if the headlights are recovered, they will have been damaged getting them out of the vehicle and then probably further damaged when they were being modified for their new use, so much so as to be virtually useless. Also, replacement lights will have been sourced and fitted long before the old units are recovered.

    Marking and other security measures are only going to make the opportunist think again and possibly go elsewhere, it won't stop the determined villain.
     
  6. Hippo

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    I agree marking things doesn't mean you will get it back but it does put some traceability on what's nicked for the future. Scratching yer registration into the back big enough to see is free and may stand out if it's used in a plant factory when the police find it, or if they try to sell it on as a 2nd hand part. Plastic covers/parts can be replaced but it's the only form of traceability you have when it's nicked. A few minutes with a sharp screw driver may get the thief nicked for handling stolen goods at a later date.
     
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    Hello all. I am coming back to UK for the festive season from France. As I don't consider the people who are stealing these head lights to have a brain bigger than an amoeba. Once they realise that my lights are for continental use and not the correct side of the road, the damage will be done.
    I called the above company for a set of the bars but they were out of stock. Does anyone know of anyone else making the same sort of things please?
     
  10. Feathers McGraw

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    They look exactly what I will need for the UK. Not cheap though, but better than having a sleepless festive season.
     
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    I still park up to walls or hedges whenever I can though.
     
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    I think that parking like that is a very good idea.
    Today I'll be fitting these 20151222_094401.jpg as I arrived in the UK late last night, first thing to do once it's stopped raining.
     
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    All fitted. I must say that the kit as a whole has made me a lot happier for the lights safety. They might not stop a very determined thief but saying that by the time they had the lights out, the lights would be so damaged they'd be unsaleable. To be fair as well they are sold as a theft deterrent and not anti theft. I know that wouldn't be of any use to the person who'd had the lights stolen.
    All done at the side of the road with basic tools. I did say in an earlier post that they may be a bit expensive, having bought and fitted them, in my opinion they are priced correctly.
    Thanks for the link feathers McGraw.
     
  15. Feathers McGraw

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    Glad to be of assistance. Can't beat a handy wall to park up to though!
     
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    I couldn't agree more about the wall. For now this will have to do. 2015-12-24 10.09.07.jpg
     
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    sorry to hear this I am thinking of doing my discovery 1 in these nice lights as i think it will improve visability etc, where did you find all the parts cheaper than ebay???
    thanks,
     
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    Well I had always fancied fitting FL lights to my D2, but think I will give it a miss seeing how easy they are stolen! Plus I wouldn't wish to line the pockets of a thief (eBay seller or LR dealer!)