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(News 13 Orlando)   A string of 79 car burglaries has cops going door-to-door, giving out signs for people to hang in their cars saying there are no valuables inside. They are also telling people to lock their cars and not leave the keys inside   (mynews13.com) divider line 21
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2014-02-04 08:21:54 AM
"Please do not rob". Yeah, that oughta do it.
 
2014-02-04 08:41:58 AM
That's some fine police work Lou.
 
2014-02-04 08:43:11 AM

Hiro-ACiD: That's some fine police work Lou.


Every door they go to is a potential criminal.
 
2014-02-04 08:49:19 AM
There is only one place where I have felt safe leaving the keys in an unlocked car and that is Yonkers, NY. The neighbourhood that I was in was a place with a lot of hills and most the residents were a bit on the middle-aged to elderly side. I was skeptical at first, but sure enough there was no issue, in fact someone actually had turned the lights off in the car and left a note that they checked the battery.
 
2014-02-04 08:59:51 AM
We had a couple of minor burglaries a few years ago, and the HOA demanded the Sheriff's office come out and have a presentation on crime in our area.  One of the first things said was, "your doors have locks for a reason.  Use 'em."
 
2014-02-04 09:04:29 AM
I once had my car burglarized near a very busy intersection next to Montreal's Concordia University. The idiot made off with an empty computer bag, except for an iRiver mp3 player. I was left with the annoyance of a smashed window on Dec.23rd and the question of how someone could brazenly do this in broad daylight around what must have been dozens of people and get away with it.

The latter question was answered for me a couple of months later.  I was crossing the same intersection with two other people, a young woman who was chatting on her phone and some hooded guy. As soon as he reached the sidewalk, the hooded guy walked up to a car, smashed the passenger window, grabbed something, and ran-off at a very fast clip. The whole thing took less than the time between two breaths. The girl on the phone started screaming. It turns out that it was her car that we had just witnessed being burglarized and neither of us had any time to react in any useful way.
 
2014-02-04 09:16:08 AM
There was a final picture in a Road & Track magazine a couple decades ago.  It showed a sign hanging in the window of a car that read, "There is no stereo in this car."

The back window had been smashed out, and another sign hung there that read, "Just checking."
 
2014-02-04 09:33:58 AM
I take anything of value with me into the house and leave the car doors unlocked. That way if someone "breaks in" they won't need to damage the car to find out they've wasted their time.
 
2014-02-04 09:50:59 AM
Victim blaming. How typical. They should be teaching robbers not to steal instead.
 
2014-02-04 10:02:15 AM
Oviedo. I remember living there, when the town consisted of a sole convenience store. There was only a subdivision of 5 acre properties we lived in. This was about 28 years back.. I'm guessing it's grown since then.
 
2014-02-04 10:15:47 AM

Tyrosine: I take anything of value with me into the house and leave the car doors unlocked. That way if someone "breaks in" they won't need to damage the car to find out they've wasted their time.


Very much this. The worst that has happened to me while following this modus operandi was losing a bag of strawberry potpourri and some burned CDs to a drunk in Hillsboro Village.

I really, sincerely hope they tried to smoke the potpourri.
 
2014-02-04 10:27:46 AM
I always lock my doors.  It's always been a habit.

One thing to watch out for at the gas station is "sliders"--while you're pumping gas, someone is sliding into your car on the opposite side and swiping stuff.  I always keep all doors except my driver's door locked (my fuel door is on the driver's side) when pumping gas, and I lock all doors when going inside to pay.

Just a little PSA.
 
2014-02-04 11:00:48 AM

Miss Alexandra: I always lock my doors.  It's always been a habit.

One thing to watch out for at the gas station is "sliders"--while you're pumping gas, someone is sliding into your car on the opposite side and swiping stuff.  I always keep all doors except my driver's door locked (my fuel door is on the driver's side) when pumping gas, and I lock all doors when going inside to pay.

Just a little PSA.


Nobody likes a slider.
livedash.ark.com
 
2014-02-04 11:27:55 AM

Mell of a Hess: Miss Alexandra: I always lock my doors.  It's always been a habit.

Nobody likes a slider.
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Who's that in your picture, anyway?
 
2014-02-04 12:40:40 PM
Huge increase in property crimes in my area, namely thefts from cars
We started ticketing folks for leaving their cars unlocked.
People screamed and hollered
People started locking car doors
Thefts dropped------- to ZERO.

leave crumbs out and get roaches. Make it difficult, and... well, eventally they leave.
 
2014-02-04 12:50:01 PM

Miss Alexandra: Mell of a Hess: Miss Alexandra: I always lock my doors.  It's always been a habit.

Nobody likes a slider.
[livedash.ark.com image 128x85]

Who's that in your picture, anyway?


It's "The Sidler" from Seinfeld.  Just a stupid play on "slider".  Feel free to ignore or make a sarcastic comment.

Sidles away.
 
2014-02-04 01:30:11 PM
It seems obvious but years ago, i did a study with the local police and tracked vehicle break-ins.  76% of the reports noted the vehicle was unlocked, 20% locked, 4% unknown.

/one of the "unlocked" was a bank president who would leave his bank keys in the car.  keys were stolen. cost thousands to rekey 25-30 branch offices the he had a key to on his keychain.
 
2014-02-04 02:00:00 PM
After having my window busted and my car stereo stolen for the second time, I decided that locking my doors was just an invitation to have to pay for a window as well as a stereo. I got one of the removable face stereos and now I leave my doors unlocked. I'm careful to leave nothing of value in the car.
 
2014-02-04 03:50:14 PM

Mell of a Hess: Miss Alexandra: Mell of a Hess: Miss Alexandra: I always lock my doors.  It's always been a habit.

Nobody likes a slider.
[livedash.ark.com image 128x85]

Who's that in your picture, anyway?

It's "The Sidler" from Seinfeld.  Just a stupid play on "slider".  Feel free to ignore or make a sarcastic comment.

Sidles away.


Never watched the show.  Thought the guy looked familiar though.
 
2014-02-04 07:11:06 PM
I like Sliders, at least the first season on Fox
 
2014-02-04 10:12:44 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rF-3VmPcVvs

Since this thread is about car burglaries....
 
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