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Old 01-03-2008, 02:56 PM   #15
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Tow Vehicle Found

St Pete Police found it this afternoon. Probably out of gas but can't tell yet...dead battery. Theives jammed a special tool through the driver side key hole. The alarm went off, but once the truck was started it apparently shuts off. BTW, the theives must have quickly broke open the sterring column and used a flat head screwdriver to start it because like I said earlier; the Wal Mart manager viewed the security video(only 2min).

I was parked six spaces from the front of the store. I rarely frequent this store.

Oh yeah, nothing was taken except small change.

The only damage appears to be during break in and sterring column. Insurance adjuster comes tommorrow.

The only thing I can think of do do differently would be to leave the truck unlocked with the key in the ignition. This way when police find it, there might not be any damage.

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Old 01-03-2008, 03:00 PM   #16
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Old 01-03-2008, 03:01 PM   #17
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Glad to hear you got the truck back.
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Old 01-03-2008, 03:15 PM   #18
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Glad to hear that you have your truck back.

I wish you had owned a GM TV with Onstar, the police would probably have apprehended the thieves while still in your vehicle.
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Old 01-03-2008, 03:49 PM   #19
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Glad you got your TV back and the damage isn't extensive.

One thing we are told here by the Govt insurance company is that a not too expensive option for vehicles that don't have it is a vehicle immobilizer that won't let the vehicle start unless the actual key is used. My car and truck have them built in.

In addition to that many folks here have the steering wheel locks that are clearly visible to a thief.

Of course all of these can be circumvented, but each thing takes time, so if they see that you have these they are more likely to go find one that is easier to snag.

I detest these people with a passion. I had one of my trucks broken into 5 times in 6 months. Even when I left it unlocked they still punched the locks out because they were too stupid to actually try the door handle first. I left the ashtray (coin collector) open so they could see there was no money to steal and they stole the ashtray. I also left the glove box door open so they could see there was nothing in there either. I carried the insurance papers with me in my briefcase so they wouldn't have my home address and name info, something I always do. Alternately we hide it in the trunk so it's always in the car, particularly if we share the driving. They'd jam a screw driver into the ignition switch on the steering column and snap it out only to realize I had an immobilizer on it, so then it got keyed. I got fed up and sold it. Each incident was a new report to the police and insurance company so I had to pay the first $200 each time. After the second shot I started fixing it myself.

Anyway, very glad you got it back.

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Old 01-03-2008, 03:50 PM   #20
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I possible theft attempt happen to my '94 Z-28; steering column shattered by pulling the column casing apart using the turn-signal stalk for leverage - either that or it was a terrorism from a co-worker. Anyway, they did not defeat the key & steering lock... I just went without turn signals for 60,000 miles. The only way I see to be pro-active would be having a silent alarm paged to your cell phone or something similar which could give enough time to notify authorities in time to have responding officers actually see it in action. Once they get thirty feet from vehicle they are as good as immune since no fingerprinting or other forensics will be employed...

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Old 01-03-2008, 04:53 PM   #21
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I'm so happy you got your TV back in relatively short order (but an eternity in any case).

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Old 01-03-2008, 04:59 PM   #22
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So glad that your truck was recovered. Hopefully that will be good karma for did to me ala my earlier post.
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Old 01-03-2008, 05:50 PM   #23
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No leave unlock, no key in Igniton .Of course U know thats an automatic cancel on your insurance. So Glad U got it back with minamual damage. We work so hard for what we have and it gaulds me when people steal from not only me but anyone. BEST of Luck to U in the comming year
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Old 01-03-2008, 06:00 PM   #24
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Old 01-03-2008, 06:08 PM   #25
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Great News

So glad you got your truck back, and in pretty good condition.

We had a car stolen in Fresno, Ca a number of years ago and it was recovered the next morning, sans tires and stereo.
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Old 01-04-2008, 06:21 AM   #26
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Maybe think about installing one of these..?

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Old 01-04-2008, 06:46 AM   #27
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I would like to know about where you parked also. Figuring that I can use the excercise, I have been parking at Wal-Mart way out by the road.
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Old 01-04-2008, 09:23 AM   #28
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Originally Posted by Ganglin

I've got a buddy who has the Hemi-cuda he bought brand new in 1970 tucked away in his garage. The last time it was driven was when his wife took it to work to show people she worked with and some dude followed her home and was very aggressive about seeing the car. They put it away and have not had it out since (1979) although now that he's retiring this year he intends to "play" with it now and then. Anyway, a couple of years ago his insurance agency determined that they would no longer insure the car unless he put a GPS tracking device on it, which he has done, as well as a couple of other neat cars he's acquired over the years. By doing so his insurance costs actually went down enough to cover about 50% of the annual GPS fee and his own piece of mind went way up so a win-win.

I've been thinking of doing this with my collector cars and the Airstream as well so appreciate the information you provided very much.


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