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I am a relatively new owner of a Toyota Kluger, having purchased a second hand 2006 model Kluger Grande in October. Within a couple of weeks of buying it, it got broken into in our driveway at home and the GPS/Stereo unit was stolen. Seems to have been a professional job - the driver side lock was broken, the entire unit was removed, and the wiring neatly clipped. The rest of the car including stuff in the car was intact - not even a scratch near the lock or on the dash. And the fingerprinting crew from the police found nothing either.

The surprising thing was that the alarm did not activate when the lock was broken. Since then, a few family members have suggested that I go to the likes of Strathfield and get an aftermarket security upgrade done on the car. My question is whether these upgrades are worthwhile - Do they really provide any additional security? If yes, what sort of security is recommended- Any particular brand / retailer, or is going to the local mechanic better? What features should I get?

My Kluger has the standard factory installed security (alarm + immobiliser). What sort of costs are we looking at? I have had $ quoted between $350 and $2000.

Would appreciate your feedback.

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was it the factory unit that was stolen? If so they would have to had some experience with it to be able to take it out, its not as if it is a standard double din unit.

I believe it would be worthwhile, since there are alarms which can also go off when people stand too close. I constantly find my other car left unlocked after being gone the whole day and the damn thing is still in my driveway lol

Maybe it might be cheaper investing in a wired sensor light for your driveway, that way it scares them away, or at least lets you know someone is there!

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Thanks for the advice. I have already got the wired sensor light going for the driveway. I also lock up the gate at night. Believe it or not, I never did that earlier. With my earlier Holden Berlina / Calais, I have even unknowingly left the doors wide open all night a couple of times, and nothing’s happened. Maybe I was just lucky then.

And, it was the factory unit...so the person who took it obviously knew what he was doing.

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