Look around. Can you construct some sort of lathe?
Seriously, though. One guy DOUBLE PARKED a Honda, with the keys in it, in
front of a Queens barber shop hoping someone would steal it. The guys at the
barber shop watched the car for a WEEK and nobody swiped it. Oh, many looked
it over; one even took it for a test drive!
I'd try putting a "FREE CAR" sign on the vehicle. If that doesn't work,
simply rolling the junk in to the street might be a solution.
Easiest, though, is to call the cops - SCRATCH THAT - stop the beat cop and
ask for advice. Trust me, you are not a pioneer in this matter.
Nah, I'm in Houston. And used to be a cop. The current politically-correct
term is "neighborhood policing officer."
Thought about buying a house a few years ago. As we were leaving after
looking over the property (and boy did it look good), I stopped a patrol car
driving by, told him what my mission was, and asked whether he had any
advice about the neighborhood.
"I can't advise you on whether to buy this house, but I'm doing what I do
every day. Between calls I reconoiter the parking lot at those apartments
down the block and run license plates on my computer. I find two, three
stolen cars every single day. That apartment house if chock-a-block full of
goblins! Now if you don't mind living within 50 yards of more thieves than
sailed with Blackbeard, you might have found a spot."
Call the cops and ask them, then call a wrecker service and ask *them*.
Laws vary by state. In my state, I give the owner a written demand to
remove it and a deadline. Keep a copy. I then call a wrecker and they
have me sign a "Tow Request and Authorization Form". I have to certify
that I am the owner of the property and that the vehicle listed on the
form has been abandoned on my property without my consent for a minimum
of 48 hours. The vehicle then disappears, no fuss, no muss.
I have to do it once or twice a year and it has never been a problem.
When this happened to me, I pushed the car into the street and informed
the departed tenents that their car was parked on a public street and
reminded them that my city of Menlo Park CA has a regulation against
overnight parking of cars on the city streets.
The departed tenants were out there next day fixing the car so they
could drive it off before it was towed.
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