Wiedersehen macht Fahrfreude
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Reunion makes driving fun

The safest way to protect your car from theft? That is and remains the purchase of a minivan - nobody wants it. Who still prefers to drive a Porsche, should at least retrofit an old classic.

Text: Alexander Morath Photo: Porsche 28.01.2019 3 min

Do you own a minivan, at best even a rather semi-renowned brand with a wrinkled yellowed baby on board sticker on the rear window?
Nope? Not at all? Well, then you don't have model-based theft protection either!

Wiedersehen macht Fahrfreude

Because while crooks don't appreciate a glance at cars of the type described above, their eyes are all the bigger when looking at expensive German premium models. That doesn't just apply to SUVs. But unfortunately also for such a timelessly beautiful sports car as the Porsche 911, which is just as attractive to thieves as it is to the actual owner. Porsche therefore relies on a comprehensive safety system.

Wiedersehen macht Fahrfreude

But what happens to classics whose first registration comes at a time when digital anti-theft devices seemed as alien and unimaginable as the belief that an air-cooled boxer engine could ever be replaced by another drive technology?
Well, such models are simply retrofitted at Porsche. With the so-called »Porsche Vehicle Tracking System«, which transfers all Porsche classics from the 356 to the Carrera GT into the digital age of GPS monitoring.

Wiedersehen macht Fahrfreude

To do this, a transmitter is attached to an inaccessible point in the car, which in turn transmits an alarm signal to your mobile phone as soon as your Porsche is moved without authorisation or the battery is disconnected. The second control instance is a call from the Security Center, which also takes over communication with the nearest police station in the event of an emergency. So far, so effective.

Wiedersehen macht Fahrfreude

1.) Park the car in a safe place. Probably the safest place is a barn. After all, in such an inconspicuous place no one would suspect a treasure. Sometimes not even the owners themselves, as the so-called barn finds prove in reliable regularity.

Disadvantage: The vehicle has not been available for decades.
Advantage: The more sensational the barn find, the greater the increase in value.

Wiedersehen macht Fahrfreude

2.) Additional mechanical fuses, such as the gear shift lock of the Berlin company Bear-Lock. This is installed behind the console and is secured with so-called shear bolts. Means: If the lock is to be removed by force, the screw tears, the thief has it even harder.

Advantage: Tested in practice by real car crackers. In October 2016, for example, the Bild newspaper quoted a certain Tobias T. under the title »Mastermind der Autodiebe packt aus« (Mastermind of Car Thieves Unpacks), who was charged before the Berlin Regional Court with 13 cases of particularly serious theft: »The only thing that helps is lockable mechanical interlocks.«
Disadvantage: If instead of a Masterminds a sparrow's brain tries its hand at the beloved Porsche, it will severely damage all fairings, wiring harnesses and switches in order to get to the gear shift lock at all. At least that's what happened in Bear-Lock's self-test.

Wiedersehen macht Fahrfreude

3.) Go without »Made in Germany«: 75 percent of the cars stolen in Germany are made in Germany. Anyone who uses vehicles from other countries of origin reduces the risk of theft many times over.

Advantage: Minivan-baby-on-board-sticker-effect included
Disadvantage: There is no non-German Porsche

Wiedersehen macht Fahrfreude

4.) Avoid the federal capital: »I don't want to go to Berlin,« Kraftklub had already intoned very successfully on their debut album. The people of Chemnitz probably spoke from the hearts of millions of Porsche owners. With 4620 reported car thefts in 2017, there are more vehicles lost in the German capital than anywhere else in relation to its inhabitants.

Advantage: You don't have to stand in a traffic jam in Berlin.
Disadvantage: No matter what Kraftklub sing. Berlin is still the coolest city in Germany.

Wiedersehen macht Fahrfreude

5.) Be alert when leaving the vehicle: police advises you to look out for people with briefcases or cameras. The former could be on their way to intercept radio signals from keyless comfort systems, the latter to scan worthwhile objects for the next order theft.

Advantage: Who looks the enemy in the eye, recognizes the danger in time and can argue with it
Disadvantage: The number of business partners and photographing friends could decrease rapidly.

Wiedersehen macht Fahrfreude