• Apr 1st 2008 at 1:01PM
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Our compadre Gary at The Garage Blog was chatting up a friend who specializes in vehicle theft security. One of the things this friend does is helps dealerships guard against thieves. Due to the nature of his job, the fellow hears all about the latest goings-on, and he informed Gary that local Toronto-area residents have increasingly been finding cars missing from their driveways. Not just older rides, mind you -- newer stuff equipped with the latest whiz-bang factory-installed immobilizer systems have also been part of the vanishing act.
The criminal element is nothing if not creative, and what they've been doing is casing people's homes to see if the occupants do what so many people do: keep their keys on a plainly visible, easily accessible rack in the kitchen. A peek through the back door is all it takes, and a quick B&E lets the thief snatch the car keys and drive away calmly and quietly -- immobilizer be damned. If you don't have a garage in which to store your car, you might want to make a point of keeping the keys tucked well out of sight. Sure, it may be common sense, but we all let our guard down at home. What's easy for you is, unfortunately, also easy for some dirtbag with eyes for your machine. No sense making his or her life any easier.

[Source: The Garage Blog]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      I also understand that to comply with the law you must have you ID number of the car or what ever they call it displayed in the dash board visible thru the windshield. With these numbers anyone can go and have a key or keys cut at a dealership. Then collect your car at your leisure
      • 7 Years Ago
      *puts his keys in his drawer*

      Now no one will know where it is!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I keep my keys in my pocket, too bad they were still able to stell my car without them.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'll admit, that I have my keys hung on a small rack like the one pictured. I have an alarm system, and since it's the only vehicle I own, and my house keys are on it, anytime the keys are on the rack, I am at home.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I agree with the rest of you, Angelina Jolie looks much better without the dreadlocks.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Not a problem for me since even I can't find my own keys half the time! =P
      • 7 Years Ago
      I leave my keys and wallet by the door intentionally so it would be the first thing a potential thief will come across. A thief can take my car, I don't care, just get out of my house.
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