• Jun 8th 2012 at 4:38PM
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Police can't stress enough that leaving valuables inside of a car or truck in plain view is an invitation to thieves.

Port St. Lucie police are looking for men who have been punching through door-locks, especially on Ford F-Series pickups, with a long sharp tool. The method quickly lays waste to the lock, and gets the thief inside to heist credit cards, i-Pods, smart-phones and other valuables.

Because four of six vehicles broken into in the same parking lot were Ford trucks, we asked Ford if they are looking at whether there is a problem with their locks. The automaker says it monitors cases like these, and equips its trucks with anti-theft devices and systems.

Ford vehicles, including F-Series trucks, offer the latest in anti-theft technologies and features to help provide customers with peace of mind for the security of their vehicles and belongings, says Ford spokesman Mike Levine. " Since the 1990s, ford has offered a standard SecuriLock feature that helps prevent vehicles from being started without keys that have specially coded computer transponder chips. Ford continually monitors the performance of its vehicles and is confident locking mechanisms work properly in all of our vehicles. But, like any lock, thieves can overcome them."

Ford F-Series trucks are the top selling vehicle in America. Southern cities, especially Houston and Austin, report that Ford F Series trucks are their most stolen vehicles.

But pickups overall are targets. The Austin Police Department Auto Theft Interdiction Project is urging owners of large Chevy, Ford and Dodge pickup trucks to be aware that auto thieves are targeting these vehicles. Between January 1, 2012 and February 7, 2012 the City of Austin had 61 large trucks stolen compared to 25 the previously year during the same time frame. Detectives have noticed that trucks have become favorites among smugglers as they have been removing the back seats to make room for the crime. Most of the reported stolen trucks from the City of Austin are being recovered in Counties surrounding the South Texas Border.

The tips for avoiding having your car or truck stolen or broken into:

1. Take your Keys - Half of all vehicles stolen in Texas are the results of drivers leaving their keys behind.

2. Lock your car. Approximately half of all stolen vehicles are left unlocked.

3. Never leave your car running, even if you'll only be gone a minute. Many vehicles are stolen on cold mornings when owners leave them running to warm up or to get a quick cup of coffee at a convenience store.

4. Park in well-lit areas and don't leave valuables in your vehicle. Don't make your car a more desirable target and attract thieves.

5. Install protection devices - Visible steering wheel locks, ignition kill switches, fuel kill switches, alarms and vehicle tracking devices.

If you make your vehicle not worth the trouble to break into, most times thieves won't bother.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Trucks often have construction equipment in them
      no smiths
      • 3 Years Ago
      just pop out the rear window???????????????
      • 3 Years Ago
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      • 3 Years Ago
      What kind of moron leaves their keys in the car? Better yet what kind of moron leaves electronics worth hundreds of dollars in their vehicle? The worst they'll get from my truck will be the wally world aftermarket radio after they get past the LOCKED doors. If I catch them in the act they'll get a lead salad served with a side of buttered lead.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why not simply put a damned decent lock on the door rather than make excuses?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Uhhh...there are some pretty simple things that can thwart car/truck thefts and breakins: First, don't leave any kind of valuables in your car. That way if someone does break in, they won't get squat. I don't really care if some idiot gets a kleenex box, a half-empty water bottle and one of those cardboard sunshade things if he or she breaks into my car. If you value it, don't leave it in the car, not even in the trunk. Okay, so you might value tire chains, but generally speaking, car burglars aren't going to take your tire chains. Second, don't have a car in the first place! I knew that Las Vegas was notorious for car thefts, so when I moved there to attend UNLV, I chose an apartment within walking distance of transit bus lines, campus and grocery/big box stores. I didn't need a car. Since I didn't have a car, it couldn't be broken into or stolen.
      • 3 Years Ago
      wej ust said it !!!!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have the solution, the piece of sh7t I drive is so decrepid I couldn't give it away. Least I know nobody will steel it, they are more likly to leave a dollar under the one working wiper.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I had a car like that once--a Volkswagen Dasher with a wonky carburetor with a bad float. It would flood if you tried to start it normally. You had to pump the gas pedal two or three times, then flutter the pedal while starting and for the first few minutes of driving. You had to flutter the gas pedal when starting up again from the first two or three stops (lights or signs), plus through several more stops if it was extremely humid and cold out. You had to flutter the gas pedal through all right hand turns at less than 30 mph, regardless of weather or how long you had been driving. And you had to flutter the gas pedal when you pulled away from a stop if you had been driving on the freeway for more than an hour or so. I didn't bother to lock that car because I knew that even if a thief managed to start it, they wouldn't get more than a couple blocks away before it stalled again. It was a great burglar-proof car.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thanks for informing all potential vehicle thieves of the ease of entry to such vehicles !!
      • 3 Years Ago
      jen-britt15 - may I suggest you get the hell off this site. The trash you are speaking about is a scam and doesn't belong in this forum. I have written to ask that your **** be forever removed.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Keep your old car or truck. Lock it, take the keys, don't leave stuff inside...seriously....stay home and don't own anything worth having will be their next suggestion. It's your fault if someone else steals; you should know better than to think you have the right to your own stuff.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The people posting in this forum have a lot more sense than those on the political topics. Maybe there's just something about a pickup guy... - 2011 Mustang owner
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