Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Somewhere between Canton and Akron
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Yeah, I agree , There is substantial damage after an stereo theft, But I have learned the following tips and tricks after going through this nightmare in the beginning of '05.
1 Chain the receiver to the frame and lock it using the screw in the back. Most thieves will only take what they can in three minutes, after that it may be damaged and usless, but your insurance company at least has physical proof that you owned the equipment.
2 Screw amps\crossover, Capacitor\block into the metal frame and cover the screw heads with hot glue gun glue. Most thieves would not take the time to chip that away.
3 Get an Alarm with lifetime warranty.
4 Remove the detachable face plate and take away with you- all the time. If they find it in the car, what was the point?
Use Common Sense, don't park in darkish high crime areas if at all possible. Even though mine got stolen in a high end apartment comples during a winter storm.
State Farm Insurance is bad just cause they only covered the base models of what I had : Ie : I had a high end Clarion CD receiver, and they would only replace with the base cheaped Clarion stock model. I switched to Allstate,after that. It's just best to make a list of what is installed and go through that with your Agent to make sure it is covered as well as re-installation costs.
i-Series '05 Tribute 4-Banger, 5-Speed\Manual Transmission is better for doughnuts, just don't tell my insurance agent that!