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Post by Steedt Thu Oct 21, 2021 7:29 pm

Hi all


Has anyone fitted an ECU guard on a sprinter conversion? Is it relatively easy to do? 

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Post by Roopert Fri Oct 22, 2021 12:24 am

I'll go out on a limb here and suggest that the chances of you being targetted by a bunch of thieves carrying around an MB Sprinter ECU with matching key are as close to zero as not to be worth worrying about?

From what I've heard, most thieves want to be in and away quick sharp, not carefully removing the wheel arch cover, unplugging the ECU electrical connectors, plugging in a different ECU, opening the doors, unplugging the different ECU, plugging in the correct ECU, etc etc...
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Post by Toffee Fri Oct 22, 2021 6:46 am

The thieves who attempted to steal our boxer we’re in the process of plugging into to the obd socket with a device when the alarm disturbed them. I’m told by various people who work in the security setting thieves are prepared to spend time putting in effort as long as they remain out of sight, i have even been told stories of engine and gearboxes stolen from parked Mercedes vans. I think you have to consider the stories weigh it up but are free to make up your own mind on security devices. I’ve got cctv footage of the attempt to steal or vehicle on drive in front of our bedroom window and the thieves were in no rush at all.
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Post by Roopert Fri Oct 22, 2021 10:35 am

Toffee wrote:I think you have to consider the stories
A lot of this is probably a consequence of social media, and the ease with which bored people can tell stories there!

I know it's a well documented fact that vans are stolen to be taken out of sight for parts to be removed, but the idea that a thief would try to steal an engine or gearbox on the side of the road is plainly ludicrous, unless you're a storyteller who has never taken an engine or gearbox out of a modern vehicle...

Most thieves aren't especially clever, and they typically won't want to carry loads of specialist tools about with them, so if they have a choice they will break into your house and take the keys, which is a whole lot easier than substituting one ECU for another outside someone else's house at four in the morning!
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Post by Toffee Sat Oct 23, 2021 10:03 am

Agree with you ref the keys from the house that’s a real concern of mine. Recently on the stolen motorhome database a post from some one explained how whilst both occupants were away from home at work, the house was broken into and the spare keys taken for the new vw camper, which was used daily. The thieves then drove to the owners work place and took the vw from the car park.

The two vans that allegedly had the engines removed were done behind closed gates whilst the owner was away. Apparently the whole operation to remove them from vans that were less than six monts old took the Romanians around 3 hours, they took most of the wiring looms and the ecu’s. Loaded them into their own merc vans and left. 
The story came from the owner of the company who install security bollards, after I’d bought them.
I think it’s totally up to the individual to decide what to do ref security. But having nearly lost ours I would urge people to put some measures in place. When I spoke to our alarm company after the attemp to take ours he described to me exactly how my vehicle had been attacked without me telling him, he then confirmed the route the thieves took from my house where they attempted to steal 3 others, they took the last one. 
When auto glass eventually turned up to replace the broken window, the glass fitted confirmed he was doing 6 side glass replacements the same as mine each week, this was the reason the glass was out of stock.
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