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      07-08-2019, 11:07 AM   #1
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Exclamation Has your BMW ever been broken into or stolen?

I have a new X5, and while it mostly sits at my house, I am aware that this car is much more of a break-in target than any other car I’ve owned.

With all of the tech and safety systems, I’d like to know the vulnerabilities. Please tell your story if your car has been broken into, vandalized or stolen!
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      07-08-2019, 11:37 AM   #2
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Thieves are too busy breaking in to Teslas
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Second BMW, no break-ins. But, having had multiple break-ins over the years with other vehicles, I make sure that I park with nothing visible in the car. Glove box is empty and left open, same with centre console. In other words, it's clear that there's no point in breaking into my car because there's nothing to steal.
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I've had Compustar 2-Way paging security systems in my previous few cars but the system isn't compatible with my BMW M2.

Whenever my car is parked outside my house for a few hours (instead of in the garage), I'll put the key fob into a faraday pouch so the signal and the car don't get poached. Ditto what someone else said about never leaving valuables or bags/backpacks visible.
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If you don't leave valuables visible likelihood of a break-in is minimal.

Usually those that break into bmws take the car with them.
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I've had Compustar 2-Way paging security systems in my previous few cars but the system isn't compatible with my BMW M2.

Whenever my car is parked outside my house for a few hours (instead of in the garage), I'll put the key fob into a faraday pouch so the signal and the car don't get poached. Ditto what someone else said about never leaving valuables or bags/backpacks visible.
That is interesting.

If I kept my key card in the car in a faraday pouch, it wouldnít activate? We are going on an extended trip in a few weeks, and having my husband carry the card in his wallet would give him access to the car.

He never drives it, but for that trip we need to take either the second key and/or the key card. Iíve been looking for a solution to let me leave the key card in the car just in case we need it.
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Almost all of the break-ins in my area are from people that forgot to lock their car. With the blinking light on the mirror, I never have had a problem and we don’t have a garage. Our cars are in front of the house.
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Almost all of the break-ins in my area are from people that forgot to lock their car. With the blinking light on the mirror, I never have had a problem and we donít have a garage. Our cars are in front of the house.
Yes, ours are too, but on the side of the house.
We live next to a park, it is a rural area but a fairly tight cluster of homes. We share a driveway, so lots of cars are parked here. My BMW is closest to the house and hidden by the car next to it.

And all the white SUVs look pretty much the same. So, someone unfamiliar with the neighborhood would have to know I have a BMW sitting there, still with temp tag on it (been more than a month!)

I ordered two rfid faraday bags, so I can put the spare key and key card in separate bags. If nothing else, that should help prevent the remote batteries from dying - I think.
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The rfid bags do nothing to extend battery life. I haven’t found that rfid bags do much. I don’t own any and never have had a problem.

I turned my M235i in after four years and both keys still worked perfectly. So I am not really worried about battery life.
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I've had Compustar 2-Way paging security systems in my previous few cars but the system isn't compatible with my BMW M2.

Whenever my car is parked outside my house for a few hours (instead of in the garage), I'll put the key fob into a faraday pouch so the signal and the car don't get poached. Ditto what someone else said about never leaving valuables or bags/backpacks visible.
That is interesting.

If I kept my key card in the car in a faraday pouch, it wouldn’t activate? We are going on an extended trip in a few weeks, and having my husband carry the card in his wallet would give him access to the car.

He never drives it, but for that trip we need to take either the second key and/or the key card. I’ve been looking for a solution to let me leave the key card in the car just in case we need it.
Yup, leaving the key in the car in a faraday pouch wouldn't allow the car to start. In fact, you could theoretically lock yourself out of your car if you somehow unlocked the trunk and then put the key in the pouch followed by closing the trunk with the pouch inside of the trunk.

I wouldn't recommend leaving the keys in the car though in case a thief finds it. I'm so risk-averse, that I even leave my spare key in my safety deposit box at my bank. Whenever I'm away from home but the bimmer is in the garage, the only way it's getting stolen is if someone breaks into my garage, opens the garage door, and then tows the car away.
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Yup, leaving the key in the car in a faraday pouch wouldn't allow the car to start. In fact, you could theoretically lock yourself out of your car if you somehow unlocked the trunk and then put the key in the pouch followed by closing the trunk with the pouch inside of the trunk.

I wouldn't recommend leaving the keys in the car though in case a thief finds it. I'm so risk-averse, that I even leave my spare key in my safety deposit box at my bank. Whenever I'm away from home but the bimmer is in the garage, the only way it's getting stolen is if someone breaks into my garage, opens the garage door, and then tows the car away.
I agree. I never leave a spare key in the car. It is hidden in the house.
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None of my BMW's have ever been broken into.
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only time was when my e36 m3 was broken into when I was 19-20. I was at a movie and they busted the window to grab a $40 radar detector
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I walked out to my parking garage recently to find a burglar rummaging thru my E90. He handed back to me what little belongings I leave in the car
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The days of ďhotwiringĒ cars or busting ignition barrels with screwdrivers are behind us with modern cars. About the only way these get stolen is via access to the the key. This can be by stealing it when you arenít home or taking it by force when you are. Hide your keys at home. You Americans also have some options against the latter which arenít available to us Aussies.

Electronically mimicking your key is an emerging threat. Faraday pouches can mitigate this.

Or they just tow it away.
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In my area, any car that has access to the trunk from the back seats will very likely be broken in to, even when you don't leave anything in plain sight. Doesn't matter what make or how new or old your car is.
Some tips from someone who only recently moved out of one of the most dangerous cities in the States.

- Place any backpacks/valuables in your trunk BEFORE getting to your destination. Do not take anything out from the trunk at your destination, if you know you need something from the trunk, get it before you start driving.
- Contradictory but, do not leave your car TOO clean, they will assume there are things in the trunk, but also do not leave anything valuable in plain sight. I usually have a t-shirt laying in the back seat for this very reason
- Most SUVs have that cover piece to block valuables from being seen in the trunk, do not use it. The more you try to "hide" the more likely they will try to break in
- From friend's experiences and police records from my brother, tints neither prevent or enforce break ins

My friend had a milk tea stamp card stolen from his car in broad daylight on a busy street . Thieves have zero regard for people's belongings, doesn't matter what car it is.
But if you want BMW statistics,
My m3, no / my brother's 335i, no / cousin's x3 m40i, no / cousin's 328i, no / multiple friend's m3s, no / friend's x5m, no / friend's i8 and m235i, no
Be smart and stay safe out there people!

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In my area, any car that has access to the trunk from the back seats will very likely be broken in to, even when you don't leave anything in plain sight. Doesn't matter what make or how new or old your car is.

My friend had a milk tea stamp card stolen from his car in broad daylight on a busy street . Thieves have zero regard for people's belongings, doesn't matter what car it is.
But if you want BMW statistics,
My m3, no / my brother's 335i, no / cousin's x3 m40i, no / cousin's 328i, no / multiple friend's m3s, no / friend's x5m, no / friend's i8 and m235i, no
Be smart and stay safe out there people!
Thanks for a great post!

I never would have bought a high-end car if I lived or worked in a busy city in or near bad neighborhoods. Iíve always lived in the suburbs, and now am retired in a rural era small town.

But I also am in a ďvillageĒ in a cluster of homes - not out in the boondocks with no other homes nearby. Iíd never do that either!

We donít get much crime, but with so many addicts around, many of whom sort of hide out in cheap rural areas, things do get stolen occasionally. And when traveling you really donít know the area.

We are traveling to a suburb of Atlanta, then on to Memphis and will be staying downtown for a few days in an Airbnb house in a neighborhood.

I actually tried the digital key card today. Worked great, but some of my settings werenít the same. Iíve got some faraday pouches on order so I can keep the digital key with me during the trip, but will remove it from the car just to be safe, when not driving.
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When I had my e90, it was broken into and bashed to hell.

They stole pretty much everything that wasn't bolted down (Thank god I had the bright idea of having the subs and amp bolted down).

I was gone from my car for maybe... 2 hours and came back to 2 busted windows, dents, stabs in my seats and 3 punctured tires and a stripped wheel lock.

My guess for these jerks is they were watching my car for way longer than that night alone.

I had my polisher, air tools and some random detailing items in the trunk that all went missing as well.

The insurance company covered the damages but told me that I'd need to provide receipts and file a second claim for reimbursements. I've had the tools for well over 5 years so I couldn't find a single receipt when it came time to claim it.

Strange part, I purposely parked on a well lit, busy street with constant police patrol. It didn't seem to stop them at all though...
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When I had my e90, it was broken into and bashed to hell.

They stole pretty much everything that wasn't bolted down (Thank god I had the bright idea of having the subs and amp bolted down).

I was gone from my car for maybe... 2 hours and came back to 2 busted windows, dents, stabs in my seats and 3 punctured tires and a stripped wheel lock.

My guess for these jerks is they were watching my car for way longer than that night alone.

I had my polisher, air tools and some random detailing items in the trunk that all went missing as well.

The insurance company covered the damages but told me that I'd need to provide receipts and file a second claim for reimbursements. I've had the tools for well over 5 years so I couldn't find a single receipt when it came time to claim it.

Strange part, I purposely parked on a well lit, busy street with constant police patrol. It didn't seem to stop them at all though...
Ugh, nasty story. Was it a personal thing? Seems odd that they didnít take the car. How long ago?
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I never keep anything of value stored in the car, bags etc are never left in sight so I think that is part of the reason why my BMWs have never been broken into.
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Nope, never so much as had my parking meter change swiped from the central cup holder.

People assume if it's parked with the top off, someone must be watching it.

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