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Tesla Broken into - twice in two weeks, weak spot?

Discussion in 'Model S' started by DJ999, Mar 5, 2017.

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  1. cynix

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    It was optional last year. Good on them for making it standard, but it's a shame it's only for the EU model.
     
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    I got my car on October and it was a "mandatory" package. I have followed the design studio for longer and i never saw it as an option. It always said "included"
     
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    My NA car started honking when I left the kiddo in the car (without key) and she opened the door to get out.
     
  4. cynix

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    I must've remembered the year wrong then. It was definitely optional at one stage. When I ordered my car at the end of 2014 I even called them to ask if I can add that option, and they said no, it was an EU-only option.
     
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    just out of curiosity what do you think an alarm will do to prevent a smash and grab attack on your car?
     
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    #87 Russell, May 30, 2017
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    Glass breakage sensors, proximity sensors or shock sensors should be easy to install in any vehicle with a factory alarm, including Teslas.

    Just connect the trigger wire to the door, frunk or trunk light switch.
    You will also need to find a power source that turns on when the car is awake, like the cigarette lighter.

    When the cigarette lighter has power, it switches a relay that disconnects power to the sensors. You do that so the car doesn't think the door, frunk or trunk are opening while you're driving.



    It won't prevent it, but when the alarm goes off, hopefully the thief will not stick around.
     
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    I would like the car to electrocute the bastards. Unfortunately, in Australia, if that could rigged up, you would be open to serious charges like grievous bodily harm or even attempted murder. Even if there was a warning sign!!
     
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    if that makes you feel better!
    sadly the reality is that the bad guy will do his deed and be gone in seconds and most people in the area couldn't be bothered to do a thing when they hear your alarm.
    IMHO it would be wiser to invest in parking in secure places.
     
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    Sorry to hear about this man! Did I see your Tesla parked at the Berkeley Bowl yesterday? It had a plastic cover for that portion of the window!
     
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    My Tesla got broken into the same way May 30th in Milpitas. I lost laptops and a camera, which is not that big a deal, but lost some personal items in a different backpack that is important only to us.

    How did you find the people who 'found' your stuff? Did they contact you?
     
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    3M Scotchshield it a good solution:



    Or Llumar film:

     
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    That sucks.
    What time and what part of Milpitas did it happen at?
     
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    If you're subject to a lot of break-ins maybe you could put a ThinPac® dye-pack in satchel for them to take. Even if they don't get caught it will ruin their day.
     
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    There's always the James Bond option: Touch the door handle and the car blows up.
     
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    berkeley_ecar S 90D (fully loaded) delivered 18 Mar 2017

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    From my primary school days, I recall a gag box of playing cards a friend of mine would hold out in front of his buddies and ask them to open it, by sliding out the drawer-like inner box which held the cards, whereupon the opener (with thumb on one side of the inner drawer, and pointer finger on the other) would receive a nasty zap across his hand. It was a homemade affair, with metallic foil contacts glued to the sides of the inner box where the victim's fingers would be placed, and inside the drawer was a battery and some sort of step-up coil and accompanying electrical parts. It would be tempting to rig up something like that, with the foil contacts applied to the Tesla Model S rear seat release lever. The level of surprise this might generate could discourage further activity around the car.

    More realistically (and less prone to legal liability ;)), perhaps Tesla should create a mechanical interlock such that the door has to be opened before the seat release switch can be operated. This could also be an opening for a clever after-market product, perhaps?
     
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    berkeley_ecar S 90D (fully loaded) delivered 18 Mar 2017

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    I've filed a feature request with Tesla via their roadside assist number, pointing out that rear quarterwindow break-ins are becoming frequent in both the Bay Area and LA region, and suggesting three possible enhancements to discourage them: 1) creating a mechanical interlock so that the rear seats can not be lowered unless the adjacent rear door is open; or, 2) use some sort of super-strong or metal-mesh-containing reinforced glass for that panel; or, 3) offer an optional metal panel for that opening in place of the glass.

    Why my concern? I've fallen prey to this vandalism. Please refrain from "Oh, you idiot!" replies :p: I parked on a major one-way street in Oakland on Friday early evening; it was busy with pedestrians and still light outside. I returned to my car to find the driver-side quarter panel had been smashed, and the wider half of the split rear seat lowered. The trunk had been empty when I parked, and there was no evidence of further damage or theft. No more street parking in Oakland, I guess, regardless of seemingly hopeful conditions -- attended garages only.

    It took quite a while to clean up the mess when I got home, and I remain concerned about tiny glints of light that show up in the perforations of my ventilated leather seats (presumably tiny pieces of glass). After photographing the original state of damage and removing remaining chunks of tempered glass before they fell off, I applied blue tape to the edges of remaining glass to prevent further chunks from falling into the car, and improvised a temporary cover for the hole. I then fabricated a plastic panel to temporarily fill in the opening in a more visually unnoticeable manner, more resistant to wind noise (as a frequent customer, I was given a 47-cent scrap of thin plastic by the kind folks at TAP Plastics). I attach a scan of the piece in case it is of use to someone else. It is very close to a perfect fit for the quarterwindow. I sprayed it semi-mat black and taped it into place using transparent packaging tape (to make it easily removable for the insurance adjustor's visit).

    I've filed a police report and insurance claim, and called the local Tesla service center. They have the glass in stock and have placed one window aside for me, pending the visit from an insurance appraiser.
     

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    Thanks berkeley_ecar

    The fixed sunroof of the Smart EV is made of some kind of resilient smoke tinted plastic, not glass. I really liked that... after many miles is not showing appreciable scratches. You can push on it and will flex, but would be a bugger to try and smash using common street thief techniques...

    I'm pro plastic... that film is too flimsy let's step it up a notch:

    Why not just make permanent polycarbonate triangle windows as an extra layer of deterrent placed on the inside of the car, fixed behind the trim pieces using strong adhesive glue it right to the frame of the car? It would probably be enough to cause the perpetrator to move on to the next car..
     
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