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Theft Deterrent

To: tigers@autox.team.net
Subject: Theft Deterrent
From: Gary Crandall <maliburevue@yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2006 21:25:03 -0800 (PST)
Any thief who steals a Tiger generally knows what they are taking, unless it is 
just for a joy ride. They would obviously know that the fuel pump is electric 
and that it should be activated, when the ignition is on. Putting an electric 
shutoff on the fuel pump tells the thief that there is a shutoff switch 
somewhere. Not hearing the rattle of the fuel pump is a dead give away. It is 
then only a matter of time before they find it. Granted, they may run out of 
their alloted time before they do find it, but if they really want the car, 
they will eventually find it.
  I highly recommend putting in a cutoff switch to the coil, such that the fuel 
pump is activated, but there is no spark. The thief will hear the fuel pump and 
think it's just a matter of turning over the engine. The thief will 
continuously try starting the engine, but without success. At some point the 
battery will run down and he will have pumped the accelerator pedal again and 
again. At the smell of excess gas, he will conclude that he has accidently 
flooded the car. He may well have, but it is much easier to recover a dead 
battery and a flooded car, than a stolen car.
  Then again, having both seperate fuel pump and coil cutoff switches would be 
optimum. When the thief finds the hidden fuel pump cutoff switch, he will think 
he has outsmarted the owner and will now flood the car as previoulsy stated.
  Personally, I would like to hotwire the coil to the gearshift (isolated of 
course) and wait until they try to back out by putting it in reverse.
  My two cents.

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