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    Hi guys. Still feeling my way with my Vec-C Hatch and am not sure if there is an option to lock the folding seats securely against an attempted theft ?

    My Vec-B Saloon had buttons on the boot side of the seat backs which when turned prevented the folding seat buttons from working and leaving the boot protected from theft by anyone breaking a window to gain access to the boot from inside the car.

    Was this feature "dropped" by Vx at some point, or was it not fitted to hatchbacks, or maybe just not to my model (2004 Pre-Face Gsi) ? Or, have I just lost the plot and can't see a lock feature for looking ?

    If it isn't possible, are there any Vx security accessories that add a similar feature ?

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    It would be a useless feature on a hatchback as the rear parcel shelf would lift out unlike the saloon where it's metal and welded in to the car
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    Hi Ian, Is it that easy to remove the shelf from inside the car when the hatch is closed ? I'm sure it would have to be pushed back towards the tailgate to exit the channel the pivot pins sits in, and is this possible when the car is all closed up ? I haven't tried to break in yet myself, but if it is that easy I am amazed at Vx's lack of attention to these kind of finer points

    Oh well, thanks for the heads up anyway m8

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    Never tried, but at the end of the day the rear parcel shelf is only flimsy and flexible especially at the back so it wouldn't take much effort to push it backwards enough.

    To be honest though fella, if someone wants whatever you've got in your boot, they'll get it regardless one way or another and the least damage they do getting it the better surely?
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    Quote Originally Posted by woodpeck View Post
    My Vec-B Saloon had buttons on the boot side of the seat backs which when turned prevented the folding seat
    buttons from working and leaving the boot protected from theft by anyone breaking a window to gain access to the boot from inside the car.
    My previous Vectra B hatchback also had these
    However they are useless / pointless in a hatchback

    Agreed, you have to assume someone has broken a window and entered the car, without unlocking the doors
    However in the hatchback they simply cut into the parcel shelf
    Equally, it is fairly flexible and could be forced out of shape then dislodged

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    Well I reckon there is some truth in the comment " they'll get it regardless one way or another and the least damage they do getting it the better surely ?" But I had a break into my Vec-B after I guess someone watched the family placing handbags and cameras in the boot, but they never got them and all I got was a smashed rear window with nothing taken. So I guess the would be thief hadn't known about the locking rear seats.

    Leads me back to Vx's design & build teams, maybe they just don't give a monkey and assume all hatchbacks are not theftproof. Oh well, I'm not ranting, just a little disappointed that they don't care that much about security and their customer satisfaction.

    Thanks again and no further comments necessary now, unless that is you found an "easy" way to minimise chances of a successful theft with your Vec-C hatch .......... No comments needed about leaving the car empty with the shelf removed btw

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    I think if you found a way you need a nice solid parcel shelf fitting

    Because to be honest if someone has the balls to smash the window an get in. Then stamping in parcel shelf to snap it won't bother them in the slightest

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    Thanks Critch, and fully agree. Shame that the Vx team don't give a **** about the security of its users posessions ! I hope they have redesigned this "easy access" feature in their newer models. I would be surprised if it is that easy to get into a Honda, but hey, I never owned a Honda hatch, just a saloon which again had the same kind of features as a Vec-B saloon. Still, I guess this is "progress" ?

    A steel parcel shelf with similar mountings and lockable rear seats would have been a start.

    Woody

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