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I've had it! For the second time in less than a year, I've had my headlights stolen and car damaged. The first time, it was one headlight, this time it's both. Has anyone else had their's stolen? :( :evil:
 

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Yes, I have the HID type. They apparently have great resale value. It seems this cime is epidemic in the greater Boston area where I live. Any creative prevention ideas??
 

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fridapaz, I know it doesn't help much, but I am so sorry!

On Devil's Night, I had a wooden stake driven clean through my front grill by my extremely large, psychotic neighbor who claimed that my car was "talking to him." This was not an option package I was aware of on my vehicle!

The point is, I know how bad you must feel due to an act of selfishness and stupidity..especially a repeat performance...and on something that is such a large investment. I find that it is a pity that electroshock systems (for when idiots try to mess with any part of your car that is metal) are illegal here in the US.

I wish you all the luck in getting it repaired correctly, and may this NEVER happen to you again!
 

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fridapaz, I know it doesn't help much, but I am so sorry!

On Devil's Night, I had a wooden stake driven clean through my front grill by my extremely large, psychotic neighbor who claimed that my car was "talking to him." This was not an option package I was aware of on my vehicle!

The point is, I know how bad you must feel due to an act of selfishness and stupidity..especially a repeat performance...and on something that is such a large investment. I find that it is a pity that electroshock systems (for when idiots try to mess with any part of your car that is metal) are illegal here in the US.

I wish you all the luck in getting it repaired correctly, and may this NEVER happen to you again!
HEY Dznyskp! Hows my creme brulee coming along! I will be in Orlando next week to pick it up! :D

Fridapaz: I don't know what to tell you other than putting a "proximity alarm" or a "Protected by Smith & Wesson" sticker on your car. If the vermin wants it bad enough though they will get them off regardless. Phuggin asshats! :evil:

Where did it take place? Home, work etc? I'm assuming it was nighttime?
 

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Thanks for the commiseration...it was parked outside my house overnight - an irony as I've always parked in my driveway since this last happened. This is the first time I've parked outside the house since then. I've been online this morning and read horrow stories from others with HID lights (mostly Audi/Maxima owners) who've had this happen three times and then run into problems with insurance companies. Some folks have switched cars as a result. I love my Prius but I am now seriously considering selling it. It seems the headlights can be lifted out easily with a screw driver. Though the hood is damaged it's relatively minimal. I can replace them with regular headlights, but the police say they might still steal them not knowing the difference. :(
 

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Replace with regular headlights?

Could you just replace the HID with regular headlights?
How about a "Not HID" sticker on each headlight or something else to screw up the looks?
 

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The headlights look no different with non HID bulbs so that wouldn't necessarily deter thieves. However, I'm going to replace with non-HID because of the high replacement cost and the huge deductible I have to pay again. On the bright side, I just found a place locally that fits an alarm and LED system to the headlights (for quite a sum - but I think it'll be worth it).
 

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I actually made some "NON-HID" stickers, even added a Toyota logo for authenticity... then I opened the hood and saw all those yellow cautoin stickers proclaiming HID HEADLIGHTS and I decided it wasn't worth it.

The best suggestion I've heard is to wire the hood into the alarm system somehow, so they get a greeting (noise, not the HV battery line...) before they can do much damage. I don't know the details, though.

Any Prius with foglights has HID, so I don't think the stickers would have convinced anyone anyway.
 

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The hood doesn't need to be opened in order to steal headlights. They can be prized out in less than a minute with a screwdriver. Your stickers might therefore be very useful.
 

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That's what I was thinking some kind of tamper proof screws or safety wire.
 

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Doesn't a Viper alarm go off easily enough to prevent successfully prying out the headlights?...
 

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The hood is already alarmed via a 'courtesy' switch. The switch might be incorporated into the latch though. Even so, if you find a better way to sense headlamp tampering, send a ground to that wire, and the alarm will go off. Assuming of course your factory alarm is enabled.
 

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stealing headlights

I read an article about this being a problem for 911 porsche owners a few months ago, I do believe they said you could put some sort of crossbar brace on the lights to prevent the theft, but the drawback was that the idiot thief would just try harder to remove the lights and therefore cause more extensive damage to the car.

my suggestion is just file a police report and call the insurance company, if they don't want to cover damage and loss because of theft then you need a new insurance company. And you could always get a car cover, that way they might not see the lights at all.
 

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That sucks. Our versions don't have HIDs and we get foglights.

Hmm, is there any way of securing the headlight compound more securely? e.g. add another screw somewhere?

Another is to get a local car audio installer to help you wire the headlights to the alarm system. Or even better, ask them and see what they can do for you.
 

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I still like the idea electrifying the metal parts of the car

http://www.amazing1.com/shocking_electric_modules.htm (there is apparently a how-to book)

ILLEGAL IN THE USA...but the idea of selfish thugs lighting up like a xmas tree when they mess with what is yours always brings an evil grin to my face!

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Good Lord, a black market for light bulbs. Who are these people femin' for some light bulbs?

Add this to the list of things I didn't know about.
 

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From my research, this issue is way over hyped. Particularly by car alarm installers who take out paid ads in Google and such. I found almost no recent example of HID light theft, and none for Prius, but I did find about 50 web sites of car alarm installers predicting the worst.

I couldn't find any evidence of Prius lights being stolen. Apparently it was a problem specific to Nissan and Porsche, which were very easy to steal. Specifically in the NE states, a couple years ago. Nissan was even taken to court over it, for failing to inform consumers, and it got a fair amount of press. Afterwards they issued a retention harness, and redesigned the new model to put the valuable light elements under the bumper, and make the removal impossible without breaking them.

Since then makers seem to have changed design to counter the problem. It's reasonable to presume the Prius lights are ok imo. Of course certain confirmation would be better, but I'm not sweating it.
 
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