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(Baltimore Sun)   The suction cup ring on your windshield? Your cigarette lighter not plugged in? SMASH   (baltimoresun.com) divider line 146
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2009-01-30 12:51:05 PM  
"When you leave your car, leave it empty," Yeager says. "There shouldn't be anything in your car but dust."

Yes. Also leave your doors unlocked, that way thieves won't break your window. Oh and if you could avoid driving a nice car, then you won't have as much of a problem. Remember people, if you are victim of robbery it is probably your fault for not taking proper precautions.
 
2009-01-30 12:58:26 PM  
"When you leave your car, leave it empty," Yeager says. "There shouldn't be anything in your car but dust."

Thanks for the advice. I'm dumping Grannie's remains on the front seat on my next trip to McDonald's.
 
2009-01-30 01:02:21 PM  
Dad?
 
2009-01-30 01:02:53 PM  
And my wife complains about the trash in the car, i just claim it is theft deterrent.
 
2009-01-30 01:03:18 PM  
sure, dust and poop stains.
 
2009-01-30 01:03:37 PM  
In November 2007, a bystander saw him use a steel plumbing cap to break the driver's side window of a car parked in the Redwood Street garage and take an iPod, a Nintendo and an ash tray.

Those are hot sellers.
 
2009-01-30 01:03:51 PM  
I don't have the time or the patience to wipe the ring off of my windshield every time I get out of my truck. I have car insurance. If somebody is that desperate, then so be it, but I'm not going to get a Windex wipe out everywhere I go and wipe down the windshield.

The next PSA will probably be "Thieves are now targeting cars with inexplicably clean areas in the center of the windshield."
 
2009-01-30 01:03:59 PM  
Let's now move on to the advice for women-folk. "That low cut blouse? That short skirt? That's just asking to get raped."
 
2009-01-30 01:05:08 PM  
It Smee: Yes. Also leave your doors unlocked, that way thieves won't break your window. Oh and if you could avoid driving a nice car, then you won't have as much of a problem. Remember people, if you are victim of robbery it is probably your fault for not taking proper precautions.

It's funny you say that. I used to live in El Paso, TX and my dad did left his doors open all the time. One day someone broke his window anyway because they were too stupid to check the door. He never left anything in the car anyway but he had to replace a window.

I guess you're right, it was our fault for living in one of the world's worst cities for a year.
 
2009-01-30 01:05:30 PM  
It Smee: "When you leave your car, leave it empty," Yeager says. "There shouldn't be anything in your car but dust."

Yes. Also leave your doors unlocked, that way thieves won't break your window. Oh and if you could avoid driving a nice car, then you won't have as much of a problem. Remember people, if you are victim of robbery it is probably your fault for not taking proper precautions.



I cant say I really agree with this. Plenty of people are robbed and have done absolutely nothing to put themselves in a position to be robbed. If a criminal wants to break into your car, and is determined enough, he will break in and get what he wants. Its that simple. Obviously a nicer car will get more attention. I had a guy break into my car, and there was literally nothing but the the change in the cup holder in the car. And i caught him in the act. And he ran away, and made off with roughly a $1.05.
 
2009-01-30 01:05:55 PM  
Lots of these at the Courthouse in Arlington, too. I gotta get me a beanbag mount for my Garmin.
 
2009-01-30 01:06:36 PM  
A story about Baltimore and no Wire references? I'm very dissapointed!
 
2009-01-30 01:06:41 PM  
This article also begs the question: Who leaves a nintendo entertainment system in their cars?
 
2009-01-30 01:06:52 PM  
Thisbymaster: And my wife complains about the trash in the car, i just claim it is theft deterrent.

THIS!

I don't drive a nice car. You'll see the occasional pepsi bottle or fast food wrapper hanging out. My wife complains but I tell her, "at least you know I'm not trying to pick up chicks".
 
2009-01-30 01:07:10 PM  
It Smee: Remember people, if you are victim of robbery it is probably your fault for not taking proper precautions.

I think this is more a case of

"We're unable to do shiat to protect you from actual criminals, so here's how to do it yourself. After all, when you spend all your overtime on having officer sit in traffic court and drug court, you don't really have any extra manpower to put on the streets to stop robberies and assaults."
 
2009-01-30 01:07:17 PM  
WinoRhino: Let's now move on to the advice for women-folk. "That low cut blouse? That short skirt? That's just asking to get raped."

XD
rapwned!
 
2009-01-30 01:07:30 PM  
Way back when cell phone meant car phone, someone broke into my awesome 83 Accord and took my phone handset (dumbass, the "phone" is in the trunk) and a radar detector.

Two days later, roomy was stepping out to have a smoke when some theify looking guy is peering in the window of his car. Roomy and a 2-iron walk up behind the guy. 2-iron, w/o warning, strikes the guy between the shoulder blades, surprising both theify and roomy.

I, of course wake up to hear some guy writhing in pain outside my window and roomy screaming at him, repeatedly, "this is a crime free zone motherfscker!"

Our cars were never touched again.
 
2009-01-30 01:07:51 PM  
They can take my umbrella, flashlight, snow scraper, and burned cd's.
 
2009-01-30 01:07:54 PM  
vinnydoz007: I cant say I really agree with this. Plenty of people are robbed and have done absolutely nothing to put themselves in a position to be robbed. If a criminal wants to break into your car, and is determined enough, he will break in and get what he wants. Its that simple. Obviously a nicer car will get more attention. I had a guy break into my car, and there was literally nothing but the the change in the cup holder in the car. And i caught him in the act. And he ran away, and made off with roughly a $1.05.

Hey man, that robber knows that freedom isn't free.

www.smh.com.au
 
2009-01-30 01:07:59 PM  
vinnydoz007: I cant say I really agree with this. Plenty of people are robbed and have done absolutely nothing to put themselves in a position to be robbed.

Your sarcasm meter is broken.
 
2009-01-30 01:08:08 PM  
Anyone else thinking ON THE SPOT capital punishment?
 
2009-01-30 01:08:36 PM  
vinnydoz007: It Smee: "When you leave your car, leave it empty," Yeager says. "There shouldn't be anything in your car but dust."

Yes. Also leave your doors unlocked, that way thieves won't break your window. Oh and if you could avoid driving a nice car, then you won't have as much of a problem. Remember people, if you are victim of robbery it is probably your fault for not taking proper precautions.


I cant say I really agree with this. Plenty of people are robbed and have done absolutely nothing to put themselves in a position to be robbed. If a criminal wants to break into your car, and is determined enough, he will break in and get what he wants. Its that simple. Obviously a nicer car will get more attention. I had a guy break into my car, and there was literally nothing but the the change in the cup holder in the car. And i caught him in the act. And he ran away, and made off with roughly a $1.05.


img.photobucket.com
 
2009-01-30 01:10:14 PM  
I simply rely on my Trunk Monkey.
 
2009-01-30 01:10:18 PM  
With the Ravens knocked out of the playoffs I am thinking this will only get worse....all those guys with nothing but time...
 
2009-01-30 01:10:29 PM  
But my car doesn't have a cigarette lighter...

I have a family friend who has a 'Town Car'. Or more correctly, an 'In Town Car'. They leave the nice one locked in the garage except on the weekends or when they travel, and drive the junker downtown or to the airport. The nice car looks better, has fewer miles on it, and lasts a lot longer.

I'm just amazed at the people who park $60,000 cars at the airport parking lot. If I had that much money I'd use an airport limo service and not risk the car.
 
2009-01-30 01:10:57 PM  
necropoultryac: Anyone else thinking ON THE SPOT capital punishment?

It's Baltimore. You can't do anything worse to them than having them live in Baltimore. Death would be a blessing.
 
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2009-01-30 01:11:50 PM  
I guess I could drive a shiatty car with nothing of value in it, the doors unlocked, and no hints that there might be electronic devices hidden under the seat...

Or I could choose not to live in Baltimore. Not only does my peaceful midwest suburb mean I don't need to constantly fret about a high likelihood of my car being broken into, as a bonus it means I'm not living in Baltimore.
 
2009-01-30 01:12:06 PM  
vinnydoz007: It Smee: "When you leave your car, leave it empty," Yeager says. "There shouldn't be anything in your car but dust."

Yes. Also leave your doors unlocked, that way thieves won't break your window. Oh and if you could avoid driving a nice car, then you won't have as much of a problem. Remember people, if you are victim of robbery it is probably your fault for not taking proper precautions.


I cant say I really agree with this. Plenty of people are robbed and have done absolutely nothing to put themselves in a position to be robbed. If a criminal wants to break into your car, and is determined enough, he will break in and get what he wants. Its that simple. Obviously a nicer car will get more attention. I had a guy break into my car, and there was literally nothing but the the change in the cup holder in the car. And i caught him in the act. And he ran away, and made off with roughly a $1.05.


Your sarcasm meter must be broken. Way to completely miss the point. Do you also take The Onion seriously?
 
2009-01-30 01:13:21 PM  
TheGreatGazoo: But my car doesn't have a cigarette lighter...

I have a family friend who has a 'Town Car'. Or more correctly, an 'In Town Car'. They leave the nice one locked in the garage except on the weekends or when they travel, and drive the junker downtown or to the airport. The nice car looks better, has fewer miles on it, and lasts a lot longer.

I'm just amazed at the people who park $60,000 cars at the airport parking lot. If I had that much money I'd use an airport limo service and not risk the car.


They don't 'have' those cars. They lease those cars. People who have those cars act as you describe.
 
2009-01-30 01:13:36 PM  
Leaving your cigarette lighter out of its socket shows you own an electronic device and is an invitation to break in.\

Well... My truck has two "lighter" ports on the dash but just covers, no lighter. It also has an ash tray in an unusable position that I haven't even opened since buying.

It also has a locking gun safe in the seat that has it's own power socket. And that's large enough to stash anything of high value and yet not be known about to anyone not familiar with the make.
 
2009-01-30 01:13:40 PM  
That's why I always leave a vicious attack dog in my car. It can be a hassle replacing them in the summer months, though. On the really hot days they only last a few hours.
 
2009-01-30 01:14:17 PM  
Michael Sydnor needs to be executed....Clean up the gene pool and reduce the crime rate in one fell swoop....
 
2009-01-30 01:15:44 PM  
Organize a neighborhood watch.

i253.photobucket.com
 
2009-01-30 01:15:51 PM  
Fabric_Man: A story about Baltimore and no Wire references? I'm very dissapointed!

There is actually a Wire reference built into TFA:

That is actually down from the more than 15,000 in 1996, when drug dealers were stealing cell phones by the thousands and reprogramming them with stolen numbers to avoid eavesdropping by police
 
2009-01-30 01:17:27 PM  
That's why I park my truck in my garage behind my house, with the door down and locked. And also why the truck has no radio, and blue books for under 5k.

I don't know if that keeps thieves away but I haven't had an incident in the 10 years I've lived here.

You guys driving the $20k and up blingmobiles and parking them at the curb at night are nuts. I could never get to sleep.
 
2009-01-30 01:17:42 PM  
Place me in the "car was broken into and nothing valuable stolen" column. All of my CDs in the car are burned CD-Rs, my entire audio system is stock, and I leave nothing in my car but an air freshener.

I was about to head off to class one day and my driver side window was broken, all of my CDs were dumped onto the passenger seat, and the glove box was open.

The funny thing is, I disabled my car alarm not even a week prior to this happening, since it always went off.

Would this be a good example of irony?
 
2009-01-30 01:17:48 PM  
You just have to have the right coverage on the bait cars.
blog.oregonlive.com
 
2009-01-30 01:17:54 PM  
phlegmmo: In November 2007, a bystander saw him use a steel plumbing cap to break the driver's side window of a car parked in the Redwood Street garage and take an iPod, a Nintendo and an ash tray.

Those are hot sellers.

It must be some sort of inside joke amongst these thieves. A friend of mine had her car broken into, and the thief took her ashtray. Her backpack had been searched, but there was nothing but boring old college textbooks there so nothing was taken from it. One broken window, one stolen ashtray.
 
2009-01-30 01:18:24 PM  
I despise people who do that. My truck (not fancy Chevy S10) has been broken into 4 times. First time ok my fault, I merely removed the head unit face and placed it in the glove compartment. I put the stock system back in, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th times I don't understand why, there was nothing in the truck. The second time they destoyed the interior, cracking the entire dash in half, I was driving a ford focus for 30 days while they fixed that. The 3rd time they damaged but not destroyed the interior, no truck for 4 days. The 4th time they simply opened every compartment searched through a bag of trash, emptied a packet of zip-ties on the seat, and acutally left cash on the floor...WTF?? Nothing was taken and that was on xmas day.

I wish I could setup a sting and leave a macbook on the seat and hide in the bushes with some pepper spray or a taser...
 
2009-01-30 01:19:48 PM  
So what I'll do is smash my rear quarter window of my Mazda and just not repair it. Maybe a thief will assume a prior breakin. I'll even keep a few glass nuggets scattered around for authenticity.

Then I'll keep a clear sheet of Plexiglass and put in the frame when I roll out...

/too much work
 
2009-01-30 01:20:05 PM  
I bet Proposition Joe will make you a deal for the ipod.
 
2009-01-30 01:20:14 PM  
gilgamesh23:

It must be some sort of inside joke amongst these thieves. A friend of mine had her car broken into, and the thief took her ashtray. Her backpack had been searched, but there was nothing but boring old college textbooks there so nothing was taken from it. One broken window, one stolen ashtray.



Ashtrays make Convenient holders for your stash? Burn your coke/hash/black tar heroin?
 
2009-01-30 01:20:30 PM  
In November 2007, a bystander saw him use a steel plumbing cap to break the driver's side window of a car parked in the Redwood Street garage and take an iPod, a Nintendo and an ash tray

This is an outrage. To think that could have been my Nintendo! Are you telling me that even things like my Sony, Microsoft and Apple are not protected!

/There has never been a product called a Nintendo, a Nintendo Entertainment System commonly referred to as a Nintendo but no such thing as a Nintendo.
//Stupid writer
 
2009-01-30 01:20:38 PM  
necropoultryac

Anyone else thinking ON THE SPOT capital punishment?

They already have it in many states. Only they call it "Castle Doctrine". Catch a bad guy on your property, and you "have no way of knowing" he wasn't there to skin and eat your family.
 
2009-01-30 01:20:50 PM  
agsfark: Way back when cell phone meant car phone, someone broke into my awesome 83 Accord and took my phone handset (dumbass, the "phone" is in the trunk) and a radar detector.

Two days later, roomy was stepping out to have a smoke when some theify looking guy is peering in the window of his car. Roomy and a 2-iron walk up behind the guy. 2-iron, w/o warning, strikes the guy between the shoulder blades, surprising both theify and roomy.

I, of course wake up to hear some guy writhing in pain outside my window and roomy screaming at him, repeatedly, "this is a crime free zone motherfscker!"

Our cars were never touched again.


So if I am not mistaken, your friend hit someone with a golf club from behind, striking them in the spinal area, possibly causing lasting damage for looking 'theify' (sic) and being too near his car?
And then the word got out all over the 'theif' network and you were never bothered again?

You are 12 and/or watch too many action movies.
 
2009-01-30 01:26:03 PM  
orat-on-a-stick: gilgamesh23:

It must be some sort of inside joke amongst these thieves. A friend of mine had her car broken into, and the thief took her ashtray. Her backpack had been searched, but there was nothing but boring old college textbooks there so nothing was taken from it. One broken window, one stolen ashtray.


Ashtrays make Convenient holders for your stash? Burn your coke/hash/black tar heroin?


Car ashtrays are ubiquitous. Car ashtrays don't look like anything else. And car ashtrays are unlikely to be reported stolen.

Sounds to me like a good way to prove you broke into a car.
 
2009-01-30 01:26:12 PM  
gilgamesh23:
phlegmmo: In November 2007, a bystander saw him use a steel plumbing cap to break the driver's side window of a car parked in the Redwood Street garage and take an iPod, a Nintendo and an ash tray.

Those are hot sellers.

It must be some sort of inside joke amongst these thieves. A friend of mine had her car broken into, and the thief took her ashtray. Her backpack had been searched, but there was nothing but boring old college textbooks there so nothing was taken from it. One broken window, one stolen ashtray.


Maybe it's a trophy they can later fap to as they tingle at the thought of their badness.
 
2009-01-30 01:27:35 PM  
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Ashtrays?
 
2009-01-30 01:27:57 PM  
I can personally attest to the validity of the headline.

/bye TomTom
//I probably could've bought it back 1 block away at the pawn shops near Baltimore's Block.
 
2009-01-30 01:27:59 PM  
John_Rat_Safari: agsfark: ...You are 12 and/or watch too many action movies.

Maybe he/she is, but I still laughed...

/one ticket please
 
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