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L1 Charger in the trunk theft concern

Tue Apr 12, 2011 12:53 pm

Since learning that L1 charger is apparently a $700 piece of equipment and there is a high chance that 99% of us we'll be keeping it in the trunk permanently, it's just a matter of time until car stereo/gps thieves will realize that it's a gold mine. Thoughts about this and how to protect yourself other then leaving it at home?
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Re: L1 Charger in the trunk theft concern

Tue Apr 12, 2011 1:15 pm

IBELEAF wrote:Since learning that L1 charger is apparently a $700 piece of equipment and there is a high chance that 99% of us we'll be keeping it in the trunk permanently, it's just a matter of time until car stereo/gps thieves will realize that it's a gold mine. Thoughts about this and how to protect yourself other then leaving it at home?
Record your serial numbers and report thefts immediately to the police. I asked my insurance broker about an additional rider for the Level 1 EVSE, however they said for $500 it would be better to self-insure (keep $500 in the bank).

The only place thieves will take these will be pawn shops and they won't know what to do with them and not offer much... Thieves don't usually have the time to Craigslist or eBay.
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Re: L1 Charger in the trunk theft concern

Tue Apr 12, 2011 1:22 pm

I haven't given it much thought. I'm not too worried... Dunno why, I'm just not. :)

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Re: L1 Charger in the trunk theft concern

Tue Apr 12, 2011 1:26 pm

I beleave you can put a small lock on the handle to lock it to your car.
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Re: L1 Charger in the trunk theft concern

Tue Apr 12, 2011 3:18 pm

Gonewild wrote:I beleave you can put a small lock on the handle to lock it to your car.
Granted, but I believe the question is how to stop someone from smashing in your glass and stealing it from your trunk - when it isn't plugged in or locked. You can pretty much guarantee that every LEAF has this readily portable $500+ piece of equipment sitting in the trunk. Potentially easy pickings for an informed theaf. But I'm still not too worried.

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Re: L1 Charger in the trunk theft concern

Tue Apr 12, 2011 3:21 pm

GeekEV wrote:
Gonewild wrote:I beleave you can put a small lock on the handle to lock it to your car.
Granted, but I believe the question is how to stop someone from smashing in your glass and stealing it from your trunk - when it isn't plugged in or locked. You can pretty much guarantee that every LEAF has this readily portable $500+ piece of equipment sitting in the trunk. Potentially easy pickings for an informed theaf. But I'm still not too worried.
so keep writing about it.
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Re: L1 Charger in the trunk theft concern

Tue Apr 12, 2011 3:44 pm

It is an EVSE NOT a charger, regardless I don't see much of a market to steal these. Even dealers don;t know what it is.

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Re: L1 Charger in the trunk theft concern

Tue Apr 12, 2011 6:43 pm

This strikes me as unlikely. Thieves steal for cash value, meaning something they can quickly turn into cash (TV, car stereos, or certain car parts).

The dealership tried to 'sell' me on anti-theft provisions, but I couldn't see the point -- nearly 100% of Leafs are going to be leased or financed (maybe a few people pay cash), so we are all carrying comprehensive insurance, and we are all under manufacturer's warranties. There is simply no reason for me to buy a gray-market part, and thus no reason for anyone to steal a Leaf for parts. And stealing one to use seems really crazy as well (a getaway car?), given the infrastructure and re-'fueling' requirements. So I feel like I have one of the more theft-proof cars on the road.

Given that the only market for the L1 charger is another EV owner (Volt, Leaf), and we are all in a position to buy/lease new cars, I can't imagine buying an L1 charger in a pawn shop.

I'm more concerned a thief would see the iPod cable and break in looking for my nano.... ;)
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Re: L1 Charger in the trunk theft concern

Tue Apr 12, 2011 6:47 pm

Some may not be worried, because it might never happened to them, but my car has been broken in a few times where I didn't even have anything laying in sight. Actually, for that reason I rarely leave unattended anything expensive if the car is parked for extended periods of time.

In the future the prices may drop on these units, so they won't be worthwhile stealing, but I doubt it will be anytime soon.
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Re: L1 Charger in the trunk theft concern

Tue Apr 12, 2011 6:53 pm

IBELEAF wrote: In the future the prices may drop on these units, so they won't be worthwhile stealing, but I doubt it will be anytime soon.
of course it will be soon, they are just fancy extension cords.

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