Mostly this is just visual deterrent 1st, mechanical deterrent 2nd. Sadly, I honestly think a fair amount of criminals are too stupid for deterrent to work. My uneducated opinion from just quick looking at strap pics and video:When I went into the station they said they had been hearing a lot of reports of this happening, so at least they know?
I think I'm going to pick up a cat-clamp, but does anyone have experience with the cat strap (www.catstrap.net)? It's a cleaner design, but I don't know if it's more effective.
1. Catstrap $159(+tax?) vs. Catclamp $128 (with code I posted in #25 above)
2. I like Catstrap alarm, but I'm suspicious of how the strap "talks to" the alarm, that it says is to be installed near battery. If the alarm is set off by cutting, you STILL have cut damage you have to repair. You want them deterred BEFORE they cut, not after. Maybe they cut starting on the UNstrap side/part of the cat. The strap looks like it talks wireless to the alarm. So can the transmitter just be destroyed, or batteries pulled out? Do you have to change the batteries yourself every year or so to keep it working? Lots of unanswered questions.
3. Catstrap: visible warning needs to be in more languages, and may not even be seen at night, underneath a car, or splattered with mud/dirt. Some info shows warning is PART OF strap, some show it almost like simple sticker.
4. Catstrap: FAQ says it's installed ON TOP OF(?) cat, where nobody would see it? Video shows it on top/side? So seriously, is it installed on top (unseen) or face down on bottom? If on top, the thief will still cut because he won't see it, and even if he stops, you have to pay to replace a cut up cat? Yes you can twist strap around cat, but how long is strap? Long enough to do that? If you wind it, the length of system it covers decreases, and maybe you just cut BEYOND the now shortened ends of the strap.
5. Catstrap is supposed to run between cat and heat shield. I don't think that has room on an Element. Or am I looking at the E wrong and there is NO heat shield?
6. Catstrap, what's up with the cheap metal ties on the main page, but the heavy duty "C" ties on some other pages? Which one shows up after you pay? If the C type, do you get a full set of different sizes to accommodate different exhaust sizes? The Catclamp gives a full set of pinching inserts to fit multiple size.
7. Catstrap looks like 6(?) small cables in the strap. Catclamp has 8 massive (by comparison) cables to cut, all pinched in place twice per run. It LOOKS LIKE all 6 Catstrap cables together would still have same/smaller diameter than ONE CatClamp cable.
Some of my points may be wrong. But I would personally go with a) cheaper, and b) more deterrent BEFORE cutting begins.