I remember reading about someone who had a little sports car he
greatly valued. After multiple neighbor's cars were stolen, he
took to parking it on the lawn with a chain from the car around
one of the big trees in his yard. One day, he discovered the car
was now locked to the other tree, and a sign was attached reading
"if I want it, I'll take it".
I myself have never really cared for this approach. While removing the
steering wheel and stereo faceplate might make the car a less likeable
target, it's a real pain in the butt to remove them everytime you get
out of the car, so they end up being left on, thus doing no good at all.
the idea of electrifying the entire exterior would be desirable at
times, but can't be done for liability reasons.
Same with flooding the interior with some of the wild chemical gasses
when an intrusion is detected...
*sigh* danged liability laws... :)
I agree.. it never has been really safe... and the person that put
thier groceries and the immediately left to go into another store was
just asking for it. Thieves watch for things like that. If the person
would have just driven around the parking lot first, then chances are
thier stuff would have still been there when they returned.
Lesson 1: never put things into your trunk in plain view of someone
watching and then immediately leave...
"No longer safe"? What makes you think it _ever_was_ ? There's nothing new
here. I had stuff stolen out of my trunk in 1979.
[snip instuctions for breaking into car trunks]
Why would you post instructions to make it easier for thieves? Idiot.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
How come we choose from just two people to run for president and 50 for Miss
i don't think posting instructions here will motivate ppl to steal...
those that want to steal have better resources other than alt.home.repair
car theives i have come across with where mechanics and repo men
It is very easy to avoid damage to the door lock. Don't lock it I think
locking a car is foolish. The pro will get in no matter what you do, the
joy riders and pilferers will damage the care and get little from you.
Yes, my car is open. Yes, I've had it broken into twice. No, I did not lose
anything because thee was nothing to steal. Glove box was rifled, but
nothing taken. OTOH, cars parked along side mine had broken windows,
scratched up paint, etc.
It can happen. An elderly Floridian called 911 on her cell phone to report
that her car
has been broken into. Hysterically she explains her situation to the
dispatcher. "They've stolen the stereo, the steering wheel, the brake pedal
and even the accelerator!" she cried. The dispatcher said, "Stay calm, an
officer is on the way." A few minutes later, the officer radios in,
"Disregard...she got in the back-seat by mistake."
I have since moved, but in the city where I lived it was illegal to
leave your car unlocked. They said an unlocked car was encouraging
theft, and the owner is partly responsible. Strange, but true. If a
theif wants inside, they are going to get in. I had my license plates
stolen one time and had to do all kinds of stupid paperwork and buy
new plates (I use hex bolts now instead of slotted screws).
Uh, why has no one mentioned car alarms?
I realize that they are often ignored by the public, but they might just
cause some thieves to decide to run for it before they get far enough in
to steal your stuff.
Just my .02
Jeff (Who happily drives a 13 year old car with only 80K on it, which
most thieves will pass up for a wealthier looking buggy.)
Jeff Wisnia (W1BSV + Brass Rat '57 EE)
"If you can keep smiling when things go wrong, you've thought of someone
to place the blame on."
They are all but useless. In big cities it's not unusual to see a tow truck
hauling a car down the street with the car's alarm blaring. No one cares, or is
about to risk trying to intervene.
There have been cases where crooks would deliberately set off the alarm on a car
they wanted. The owner would come out and reset it. Then a short while later
they would set it off again. Usually by the second or third time, they would
shake the car and find that the owner had shut the thing off for the night
because he was tired of the "false alarms".
This is a new version of what battery thieves do. They steal the battery out of
a car, knowing that if they come back in a few days, there will be a nice brand
new battery in the same car, just waiting for them.
When I was going away on business and had to park at any of the NYC
area airports I never worried about someone messing with my car. I
had a slight 'fender bender' that I didn't bother to get repaired
(used the money from the other party's insurance company to put wall
to wall carpet in our bedroom) and put some beef blood over that area
- it made it look like the car had been involved in a hit and run and
no one ever bothered it while it was parked at the airports.
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