Tips From a Former Car Thief on How to Protect Your Car

I mentioned in my post on the roadrage trial, and in a comment on Modest Money about my criminal past. Everyone was nice enough about it that I thought I’d go balls to the wall and fess up to my faithful followers.

The Truth

My criminal record is long and I was stupid when I was a kid. I wanted attention from my dad and wasn’t getting it so I started doing illegal things. It’s not my dad’s fault though, I knew the stuff I did was wrong—I was being an idiot.

I do feel bad about the things I did. Legally speaking, I put in my time for all I’d done. Paid my debt to society, if you will. But like I said, I do still feel bad, and so I thought it might be cool to “give back” some more.

One thing I did in my troubled youth, as we’ll call it, was break into cars. My friends and me got very good at it. And so here are some tips, coming from me, a former car thief, for things that you can do to make it less likely that you’ll get your car broken into.

How It Goes Down

From the moment we would break a car window, we assumed that someone was on the phone with the police. We figured that police could be on the scene in 60 seconds. To play it safe, we gave ourselves 20 seconds. 20 seconds from the initial window break to us being gone.

clock

20 seconds. That’s all it takes.

Those 20 seconds weren’t the “one Mississippi…two Mississippi…” kind either. We counted fast because we didn’t want to get caught. Honestly, it could’ve been even 10 seconds.

What does that mean for you? It means that the “just a sec” that you “run in” to drop off your library book or pick up your carry-out dinner is all we needed. Actually, way more than we needed.

In 20 seconds, we’d have your stereo, CDs, and anything else that looked cool, and be gone.

Sometimes There’s Nothing You Can Do

Sometimes, there’s nothing you can really do to avoid a break in. Like I said, it takes 20 seconds, which is fast, and you can’t do anything about that.

We’d usually walk through suburbia neighborhoods and break into cars parked in peoples’ driveways or on the street. And so if we happened to be on your street, well, nothing you can really do to prevent that.

So dudes, sometimes there’s just nothing you can do.

So What Can You Do?

  1. Stereo face plates – Put them in the glovebox. If a stereo has no faceplate, then it wasn’t worth it for me to steal. Can’t sell a stereo/radio on the black market without a face plate. I knew that it could be sitting in the glovebox, but I also knew that maybe you took it out of the car with you. It’s too uncertain, so we’d move to the next car.
  2. The Club– Actually driving away with a car that has The Club on it is not easy. It can be done, I assure you, but it takes more time than we would’ve liked. So if a car has The Club on it, we’d pass on stealing it.  Of course, cars today usually have cheap, plastic-type steering wheels and so I know that many car thieves today will just cut the steering wheel, making The Club useless. But that takes time, and time isn’t on the side of a car thief, so something like The Club will really lower your chances of getting your car swiped entirely.

    locks

    To lock or unlock…it all depends.

  3. To lock or unlock your car doors? – Depends. If you are in a particularly “bad” neighborhood, leave your car doors unlocked and your windows down. From my experience, people in those neighborhoods will break into your car no matter what. They’ve got little to lose (I’ll have a post about that later on). So you might as well leave the car open so that they don’t break your windows while they’re at it. However! If you’re in a “normal” to “good” neighborhood, lock your car doors and windows. My friends and I usually spent our time in “good” or “normal” neighborhoods and cars that were locked was a mild deterrent. If we really wanted something, we’d break your window for sure, but we’d have to really want it. If you left your doors unlocked, we’d be in there no matter if we wanted something originally or not!
  4. Car alarms– Car alarms are not the point here. What I recommend is that you have a little blinking light that’s highly visible on your dashboard somewhere. Anytime we saw a little blinking light, we’d move on because it looked like a car alarm and that wasn’t worth the trouble to us. You can buy a little blinking light at automotive stores that you affix to your dashboard with Velcro – they’re like little fake car alarms, and they work. If it looks like a car alarm and blinks like a car alarm, then we’d always pass on that car.

    hood ornament

    Don’t get a car with a hood ornament

  5. Hood ornaments – Most cars don’t have these anymore, and that’s good. My favorite thing to steal was hood ornaments (there’s a little black market on those, and there’s just something about them that I liked) and so if you had one, I’d rip it off. So easy to do. A car with a hood ornament was like a beacon, “come rip me off!”
  6. Putting stuff in your trunk – Remember how I said it took us 20 seconds to break in and steal your stuff? That quick time can actually work to your advantage. We never broke into a car and popped the trunk. Never. There wasn’t time. So if there’s something that you need to leave in your car (suitcase, CDs, GPS, sports equipment, etc), just throw it in your trunk. We never had the time to look in there.
  7. Expensive cars – There are people who steal cars for a living, and so if you have an expensive car, they’ll probably target you. But for the kind of stealing I did, we always stayed away from expensive cars. They’d probably have car alarms or something else fancy and we just weren’t interested in dealing with anything like that.
  8. Other car types – We loved Jeeps. The ones with the cloth tops. Those were prime targets for us because they’re just so easy. Breaking into them was noiseless (just cut the cloth!) and so it was very very simple.
  9. Lots of stuff in your car – If your car is full from the floor to the roof with junk, I usually passed on those cars. Too much stuff in the way, hard to tell what I wanted or didn’t, and I didn’t want some rat popping out at me or something.
  10. Nothing in your car — A car with nothing in it was a car to pass on, too. There’s nothing in there to steal – unless the stereo was something special, what would I break in to it for?
  11. loose change

    Get rid of the loose change

    Some stuff in your car – Loose change, tape measure, GPS system (or radar detectors back in my day)…those things are targets like you wouldn’t believe. When we saw some loose change, we just had to have it. Window broken, gank the $0.85 and anything else loose. And now you’ve got a broken window and insurance to deal with, all because I saw some loose change. Unless you go the route of having a car filled so much that you’re a mini-hoarder, you absolutely gotta keep it empty. No loose change. No little screwdrivers, tollway passes, sports equipment, cool signs, t-shirts, or anything!

  12. Streetlights – If your car is in shadows, then it was easier for us to break in to unnoticed. If you’re under a streetlamp, it felt too exposed. So park in well-lit areas. We never ever ever ever broke into a car that was in a well-lit area. Never. We only broke into cars that were in darkness.
  13. Exterior home lighting– You should install motion sensor lights on your home. If we walked near a home and one of those clicked on, we were the hell outta there. Exception: If a motion sensor light was hung in a spot where we could reach it, we’d just unscrew the bulb. Problem solved for us. So install motion sensor lights and for Heaven’s sake, install them high enough so that a 6 foot dude can’t unscrew the bulb in them!

    streetlamp

    Light: The Car Thief’s Enemy

  14. Parking locations – We never hit cars in big parking lots. Too much light usually, too many potential eyes watching. We only stuck to suburban neighborhoods, especially ones with not much lighting. So parking lots are safer than you might think.
  15. Spare tire – If you own a van or a truck, make sure you chain your spare tire to the vehicle. We’d rip off spare tires so easily and sell them. So chain those suckers down and make the chain visible. Just like with a blinking car alarm light (fake or not doesn’t matter!), a visible chain holding down your spare tire is an easy visual for a thief to know it’s not worth it.

The Take Home Message?

If you remember nothing else, remember these two things – (1) light is the criminal’s enemy. We hated light! Hated it! This makes light your friend. Park under street lights and park near motion sensor lights, and dumb little criminals like I was, will stay away. (2) 20 seconds. It only takes 20 seconds. Don’t ever forget that.

Since I’ve mended my ways, I’ve had stuff stolen from me and had my car broken into. I know how much it sucks. I’m sorry I did it when I was younger. I hope these tips can help keep it from happening to you!

 

Photo credits: street lamp, hood ornament, locks, clock


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Tips From a Former Car Thief on How to Protect Your Car — 77 Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing. That’s awful that you did those things but good that those days are behind you. I suppose now you have GPS which are just as attractive or more so than stereos.

    • Those days are LONG behind me, but I do still have that “criminal mind” or whatever. I see things that people do and think, “I would’ve done XYZ to that back in the day.” So yeah, even though there wasn’t GPS in my car thief days, I can look at them today and know for certain that I would’ve been ripping those off back then had they existed. Put them in the glove box!

      • i have to say i agree with most of this except we did hit parking garages but only on college campuses during weekends and we would pop trunks if we knew the car type and were the button was other wise it was to mutch of a hassel he got so fast we were taking speakers out of doors.

  2. We lost our GPS a couple of weeks ago. I woke up one morning and found our suburban with the doors wide open and the GPS gone.

    I was so frustrated! The power locks are shorted out and it is such a pain to lock all 5 doors on that acre long truck.

    I sure do miss my GPS now, though.

    • Haha, then I certainly would’ve passed on it. Good job! :-) Yeah, I actually thought I might get hate mail from car theives, but so far none has shown up…

  3. This is a fantastic article, and I really appreciate you taking the time to put it together. I’ve never had my car broken into, but then there’s never been anything worth breaking in for. If you look inside my car, you won’t see anything besides the basic gear; there’s nothing to take. We never leave anything in our vehicle in order to prevent what you’re speaking of here. Better safe than sorry.

    Having said all that, I must say that I really admire how far you’ve come. You made your mistakes in your youth, but have completely turned your life around since then. That is an incredible accomplishment, and you should take pride in it. Not everyone straightens out; a lot of young people end up being career criminals, wasting their lives and spending many years in prison. I went to high school with people like that and some of them are even dead now. I think you would make an incredible counselor for troubled youth, and really help make a difference in the lives of those young, lost souls. They need people like you. People who can relate to them.

    • I’ve never thought of the idea of helping troubled youth. It would really be great because I really can relate — thanks for the support too. It was a long, hard road going straight but worth it.

  4. Thank you so much for sharing! I have had my car broken into once, all my stuff was inside as I was moving country the next day, but they apparently were disturbed by someone because they didn’t take anything. It sucks and windows are expensive! I don’t like to pay for parking but will the next time I feel like it is safer.

    • Yeah they must’ve been spooked or something. It’s great they took nothing but really sucks about the windows! It’s expensive to get those fixed, there’s always glass everywhere, and you’ve got this big open hole in your car until you can get it fixed. Sucks.

  5. I love this post! First, it’s incredibly helpful – who better to to explain what would-be thieves are looking for than someone who has been there? Second, it’s an incredibly honest post – I know it must have been difficult to share something like this, but it makes me respect you so much more for the life you live now. It’s probably easy to make the right choices when you’ve always made the right choices. But (as I know personally) when you haven’t, it’s easy to beat yourself up and think, “Why bother trying to do any better?” I’m so glad that you stuck it out and decided to improve your life, and I’m glad you shared this with us – thank you!

    • Thanks Andrea, that means a lot. I debated for awhile posting this or not becuase I thought it would make people hate me or I’d get a lot of flack for having been a bad guy when I was younger. I don’t know exactly what you’ve gone through, but it is hard getting back on track, especially because people and our very system makes it so hard — people think they want bad dudes to get back on track, but the system is set up in a way that makes it really really hard. Maybe I’ll post on that later. Which means it takes a lot of willpower to change, and I definteily asked that question a lot too, “why even bother?” It’s a tough road!

  6. Glad you’re reformed, TB – and I’ll definitely keep the tips in mind.

    A friend of mine had her car broken into 3 times in less than a year before she just up and moved. She loved a lot of things about living where she did, but couldn’t take dealing with the hassle of getting broken into all the time.

    The last time, she swears the doors were unlocked, nothing was in it, and there was a note saying as much on the dash. Her window still got smashed in. Maybe out of spite? They certainly didn’t get anything of value.

    • Oh man, that just sucks. I never did something out of spite becaues it’s not worth it if you get caught. But maybe a really young person starting down the wrong track might. Probably smashed that window and laughed about it all the way home. A-holes.

  7. This post brings back memories. Although I never broke into cars or stole anything myself, I knew several people who did. Great advice about leaving your car unlocked. This is what I have done now for years. I’ve had to pay to get a window replaced after a thief stole my stereo once. That won’t happen again! Now I keep nothing of value in the car and leave it unlocked all the time.

    Did you ever break into garages? Or cars while they were in peoples garages?

    • Yeah actually, we did break into peoples’ cars if they were in garages. Only when a garage door was open though. Garages are dark and got us better out of sight. It’s always a good idea to close up garage doors, then your car is pretty safe.

  8. Great tips.

    I always use The Club since my police woman/neighbor told me that The Club won’t stop car thieves from stealing a car, it will just stop them from stealing MY car.

    Like you say, they will move on to a car that offers less of a challenge.

  9. Wow, only seconds. Who would’ve guessed. Will try to keep these tips in mind next time I go out with my car. Always interesting to hear tips from someone with experience in the field. You would probably make an awesome undercover cop :0)

    • Lol, maybe. I think like any “profession,” if you do it long enough you get better at it and faster. And it helps if you have a “mentor.”

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  11. What a fascinating story, TB! It’s great to see that you were able to change your ways! Thanks for all of the tips and thoughts; it’s scary to think that it only takes 20 seconds for people to steal from you. That’s crazy.

    • Glad the tips might help! 20 seconds is fast, but again, that helps you out becaues there isn’t time to get in the trunk or do a thorough search!

  12. Thanks for sharing TB. These are some very helpful tips. My old roommate had his car stolen three times until it was finally stolen for good. I guess he had some car that was really easy to steal and it never failed. The last time it happened they also stole his wife’s identity, which was just crazy. Then, you have my Dad who leaves his keys in the ignition and the doors unlocked…

    • He leaves his keys in the ignition?! Man that’s crazy. The doors unlocked, I know a lot of people do that, but keys in the ignition? That’s like handing someone your house keys and telling them where your expsnive stuff is — it just seems one step too much! Lol

  13. Would you say that a motion sensor for bright lights + a video camera facing at the car (obviously visible) would be a good choice for at home security? So many tips here, wow… I’m glad you’re not that person anymore and we get to hear straight from the source.

    Have a great weekend, and be good :)

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  16. This is exactly why we park our cars in the garage. There are so many people I know who have garages and never park their cars in them because the garage is filled with STUFF. Plus the garage keeps the snow off the car in the winter.
    Your post reminds me of the Discovery Channel’s show It Takes a Thief. If you’ve never seen it, the premise of the show is that an ex-bugler breaks gives people a challenge that he can break into their house. They don’t think that he can and he breaks in the house and cleans them out in a surprisingly short amount of time. It’s obviously all staged, but like your post was very educational.

    • Garages are GREAT for protecting your car…provided that you close your garage door. We had stolen from cars in garages more than once, if the door was left open, because it’s extra dark in there and no one can see you. But of course when garage doors are closed, we never messed with that! Keeping your car in a closed garage is a great tip too.

  17. Wow, it sure took a lot to write this post, I’m sure. You make a good point about keeping the windows down in a bad neighborhood. There’s no reason to lose valuables and have to replace expensive windows or locks at the same time.

  18. This is a great article! Thanks so much for sharing your expertise ;) What I don’t get is when a vehicle is broken into but nothing is taken. We had our truck broken into last winter and they didn’t even take the very obvious 10.00 bill sitting in the front seat, or the iPod…even if something spooked them they had time to grab these items. It was a pain in the ass. Theft I get, you gain something, vandalism I just don’t understand, period.

    • Well for us, we wouldnt’ take something if we got spooked. I know if money is just sitting there, you’d think we would’ve grabbed it even if we heard someone coming, but actually, we wouldn’t. The moment you hear anything, you just run. Period. Don’t grab anything or do anything other than running becuase you really don’t want to get caught. So that’s my best guess. But hey, who knows, maybe those dudes just like breaking windows ???

  19. Our nice suburban neighborhood has had its share of car and garage break-ins. We don’t take security for granted. Although I keep tools and other implements in the truck, they’re out of sight under the seats.

  20. Very interesting TB, enjoyable read and thanks for sharing. I remember when I was a younger man and it was normal for guys in my high school to steel hood ornaments. I always thought they collected them, but I guess they sold them for profit.

    I’ll remember the advice on “light” and “20 seconds”. I don’t live in the city anymore, so I don’t even think about crime like I use too. Funny how you can forget things.

    • Yeah, it is. And of course the moment you let your guard down and get comfortable, is when something bad happens. Keep those doors locked, man!

  21. EXCELLENT post. I never bought one of those fake alarms because I thought there was no point; but it makes sense that a thief would go for “low-hanging fruit” and thus wouldn’t closely inspect an alarmed car when there’s several other easier targets. I do use Canadian Tire’s version of the club and drive an 03 Malibu without anything of value.

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  24. Great post, TB. Thanks to your advice, I had Dave the Electrician install a couple more motion-sensitive lights, high enough to be out of reach. He thought that was an excellent idea, and he now has the two new and one existing out-of-reach lights set up so they cover the entire perimeter of the house, front back and sides.

    And now I can see out the sliding door on the westside, where the old motion-sensitive light had died. That should annoy the next guy who tries to get in that door. ;-)

  25. Good reminders. However, I must add this: The office I work in has a very busy parking lot – people coming and going all day long. Yet at least once a month, during the day, someone’s car is broken into, usually via a broken window on the side facing away from the building entrance. With all the people going in & out, no one pays much attention to what’s happening out there & it apparently makes good coverage for a quick shatter, grab & go. A breaking car window makes very little noise & doesn’t draw the attention the way you’d expect.

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  29. This post convinced me to go get the fake car alarm, but where do you find them in Canada? I went to Canadian Tire and Walmart and no luck :(
    There’s been so many break-ins in the parkade at my apartment building.

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  31. You mentioned that some stuff in your car is a risk. How would you rate a paper set of maps in the seat pocket and a two-handed ice scrapper? Worth while, or too mundane?

    I’ve never worried about the maps (If someone steals those I’ll assume they need them more than me.) But I just started leaving the ice scrapper in overnight.

    Thanks.

    • I never would’ve broken into a car for an ice scraper or paper maps. No way. Not worth it. No market for them and they aren’t somehow cool or actually money themselves (like loose change), so I would’ve skipped breaking into a car like that. I think you shoudl be safe with those! (although I dont’ know what other car thiefs would think — but for my old “friends” and I, no way would we break in for a dumb ice scraper or maps!)

  32. Great article, TB. Thank you! Quick question…what’s your take on the following…my car was “broken” into (it was unlocked) at night and most of the change was taken. BUT, some change was left there. I locked the doors the next night on the car. The next night our garage door was “broken” into. A door with no lock. There’s nothing in the garage but worthless junk and apparently nothing else was taken. Should I worry the house is next? Should I setup a hidden cam in the car and leave it unlocked to record the person? I live in a low crime area and I’d like to go the extra step and catch him/them if possible. Any suggestions on how to do THAT? My fear is that change was left the first night. Then they came back the next night. I’d like to cut off the obvious progression if possible.

    • sounds like they might’ve been scared off the first night so they couldn’t finish what they started. The second night they didn’t take anything when they could’ve (even it is worthless junk), so I bet they’re done. You could do a hidden camera, but that sounds like a real pain. I’m a big fan of motion sensor lights outside a person’s place. Stick it up high enough so a tall dude can’t unscrew the bulb, and it usually keeps dudes away. The way they came back is weird, man, do you think maybe you might know the person? Like your kid playing a prank or something.

      • I forgot to say that it also could’ve been 2 different people. Seems unlikely, but crazier things have happened. First dude came and got scared off before getting all the change, and then the next night another dude, a garage thief, showed up. Unrelated. Not likely, but possible. Maybe ask your neighbors if they’ve had their cars or garages broken into.

  33. My car got broken into 6 times and it is a crappy old 93 (yes literally I drive a 20 year old car I bought for the soon obsolete penny). I have junk in it because it breaks down a lot so I have to be prepared and don’t have a huge trunk. I have a blanket in the back seat. I have a face off radio and I have only crap. I once had a cheap $6 clock and someone stole that off the dash. I don’t live in the worst area of my city but my border city is getting so bad that I wish Canada had guns. It is getting worse than many American cities.. Because it leaks so bad I am forced to park on the street but during that really bad thunderstorm that we had just in April 2013 I parked in the parking lot of my apartment building so that I could run inside. They broke in anyway. They have broken in when parked on the street and in the parking lot. It does not matter. They have pegged my car because the lock is broken. It is such a crappy car that one door doesn’t even open, only one window rolls down and the car does not have the ability to lock and no A/C and the wiring is so bad that the door buzzer wouldn’t shut up so we had to pull it out and now sometimes I forget my lights on and the battery goes dead. Obviously I don’t have a lot of money so what makes my car a target? Why would people keep breaking into a car that has no change and nothing to offer?

  34. Great article. My truck was recently broken into (Friday 26th) and they even did it in broad daylight. The biggest problem I have with the whole situation is that nothing in my vehicle is “worth” that much. They stole my radio, amplifier, and two 10″ kickers. All of those were 4+ years old, the kickers were even older and I bought them used, and the radio was from Wal*Mart. Now, obviously everything has some value to someone, but my vehicle is a ’97 F150 and there are at least 7 other vehicles in less conspicuous areas that have much higher value items in them. A couple of my friends are thinking that I got targeted for whatever reason. What would your opinion be of LLumar’s Safety and Security tint along with an actual alarm system that makes noise? (My current alarm system doesn’t do anything except blink at you and apparently making it harder to hot-wire.)

  35. Thanks for the post but it doesn’t make sense for us. Someone got into mine and my bfs cars this morning but no windows or anything were broken and nothing was taken. We have a flashing red light on our dash board and nothing valuable lying around. They went thru my bfs glove compartment and he has a GPS device in there that wasn’t on or anything but they didn’t even take it. Is it possible they were looking for papers for ID theft? They rummaged through our registration papers but didn’t take them and they just left our doors and my trunk door wide open I guess to show they went thru it? Idk I’m so confused. Please help!

    • The tips for protecting your car aren’t foolproof, of course. Sometimes a car alarm and a car in a well-lit area won’t stop a car thief — but you should have a blinking red light and park in well lit areas anyways to stack the deck in your favor. And that’s the point of the tips, to stack the deck in your favor.

      How did they get into your car without breaking the windows? If they did the old hangar through the window trick to unlock your doors, AND they went through your truck… I’d say that felt like they had a lot of time on their hands. Or they’ve got big balls. Or they’re “new” to it and don’t know yet that they shouldn’t waste time by going through trunks and not breaking windows.

      Them leaving the doors and trunk wide open mean nothing. Why do they care if they close your doors or not? Sounds like they wanted everything open to see what was what and then they just walked away when they were done.

      If they took absolutely nothing but you had valuables in there, it points again to them being “new.” Sometimes new kids on the car theft block don’t have anyone to sell items to, so they really only want one thing. Cash. If they didn’t find any, they would’ve just walked. Strange they didn’t take the GPS, even if they had no one to sell to. Hard to say what people are thinking sometimes.

      Keep those doors locked, keep that red blinking light, and keep parking in well lit areas!

  36. My car just got broken into–side window shattered. I hid my things in the trunk, locked the door and it didn’t matter. The punk tried to use my card at a gas station last night. He has my check book too so I had to open a new bank account and set up all new bill paying transactions. I don’t wish well for this person. I was supposed to leave on a trip and now I can’t. I want everything back. I hope he/she? gets caught, does some time and pays back everything stolen.

    • (Deep down I don’t wish bad fortune on the thief. I don’t want this person to spread evil to other people. I would rather the person get healed, turn around and be of good to society. I thought it was important for anyone reading who may be a thief to see how a moment’s thrill impacted my life–loss of valuables, momentos, belief in mankind and a planned vacation the next day.)

      • This happened to me recently, too. I mistakenly left my purse sitting on the back floor of my SUV. The rear windows are tinted and had child sun screens on them making it very difficult to see anything, but somehow they saw my purse, busted out my window, grabbed it and ran…racking up a few charges on my cc before visa caught on and disabled the card. This was in broad daylight in a public park. Of course there were no witnesses, at least none that came forward. Now, I’ve had to go get a new license and close and reopen 2 bank accounts. I lost a few things of only sentimental value, but overall was less than $200, thank God. The idiots didn’t see or maybe couldn’t reach my camera bag with a very expensive camera inside. No one said these criminals were very bright…I guess that’s why they’re criminals!

        • Man, I’m sorry to hear it happened to you! Broad daylight in a public park takes some serious balls. Good thing they weren’t smart enough to grab that camera!!

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  38. Man I wish I would have known this a few years ago. I had a new style stereo and had just come from visiting the fam. Didn’t feel like taking my clothes out the car. Left them in the trunk. I also left a bluetooth box on the seat. They broke the back small window, opened the back door, climbed all over my seats, snatched my stereo out, took my EMPTY box for the bluetooth, popped the trunk and used my duffle bag with clothes and shoes to steal my amps, tools and anything else that wasn’t bolted down.

    Then the craziest thing was when I called the cop, he was incompetent as they come. He tried to dust for fingerprints with morning dew on the car. I’m looking like “Do I really need to tell you how to do your job”.. LOL..

    But you live and you learn. Glad to hear you got everything straight..

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  41. Just had all three car windows smashed. There was a motion light that came on but it did not stop the thief.. All the windows were frosted over so you couldn’t see in the cars at all. I have a car alarm on my truck, it did not go off when the window got broken but it goes off all the time when you don’t want it too. They then busted my broke down truck in the driveways window, nothing in there and the door was unlocked. They then busted my wife’s window and her alarm went off and they took off. All they got was a hammer and some screwdrivers, so three busted windows. Going to buy a gun then leave my crappy surf board on top of the car and hope they come back. then I hope and pray they pull a knife or gun on me, cause then they are dead…I am a former Army Ranger and know i can take them down before they can even blink. fucking thieves…

    • I understand the feeling, man, but be careful with the killing thing. Maybe calling the police when they show up would be better.

  42. cheers for sharing – i just had this happen to me last night, i left about 4 dollars in loose change in my console….smashed window change gone huge headache now coming up to christmas when money is already tight…i will be getting the fake car alarm, thanks for the tips

  43. Hi, I read this article trying to find out reasons to why my car might have been stolen. My car was stolen this morning but thankfully found thanks to a GPS installed on it but when found the car was already abandoned. It was found near my home and all my belongings were stolen. No windows were broken nor did the steering wheel appear tampered with. How in the world was my scion xb stolen and driven away with?

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