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Old 12-13-2012, 08:09 PM   #15
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My Ford Van had the passenger side door opened by punching a screwdriver or other object through the door under the lock. The back door had the plastic lock frame pried twice to gain entry. Once they just threw a brick through the side door window to get in. When it was new, they pried up a back door and drove a rod into the mechanism to crank the spare down and steal it. All of these instances took place in public parking lots or on a side street. Once, they took the stereo, other times a bin with some spares. All of this was between '99 and '05. Fords are just an easy mark that thieves have learned how to master.
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:21 PM   #16
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Where I live, smashing the glass is the norm for gaining illegal entry to the vehicle.

They might jimmy the lock if they plan to steal the whole vehicle; no one wants to sit on broken glass while stealing a car. But the general consensus in my part of the world is, it's just not smash-and-grab unless you actually smash something. Until this thread, I'd never even heard of someone breaking into a car by using the screwdriver-in-the-lock technique. Houses and apartments, yes. Vehicles, not so much.
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Old 12-13-2012, 10:02 PM   #17
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The reason it is so easy to screwdriver most door locks, especially Fords, is that the end of the lock mechanism is a small metal clip. When you twist the screw driver, it pops the clip and thus enables you to turn the lock mechanism and unlock the door. You could actually just buy a small hose clamp and run it around the clip, same as in the Jimmi-Jammer kit. That would stop the screw driver method in the lock, but they could still pry under the door latch plate and do the same thing. The Jimmi-Jammer kit has a steel plate to stop that as well. After I got broken into, I watched the fellow fix my door lock and he installed my Jimmi-Jammer kit. He had not seen such a kit before and remarked that the kit should really stop the easy access via screw driver. You will never stop the window break in but the silent screw driver will not work if the Jimmi-Jammer kit is installed.
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Old 12-13-2012, 10:42 PM   #18
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Old 12-19-2012, 06:32 PM   #19
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Man, that is too funny.

Jimmi Jammer, GPS locator, RAVELCO, interior ear-splitting alarm, pager alert. No end to ideas.

Just let it still be in the same place as I left it.
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Old 12-19-2012, 08:59 PM   #20
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I like the line in the movie Fried Green Tomatoes, "I'm older and I have more insurance"...
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Old 12-19-2012, 09:46 PM   #21
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Sure I have insurance- with a $500 deductible too. Ouch!

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Sure I have insurance- with a $500 deductible too. Ouch!

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Dan, its an either or proposition. You can pay either way and still get robbed. After being in business for over 20 years and being robbed more than once (with security systems) if someone wants something for a perceived nothing to them, then they will take it. What we have found over the years is a lack of money and time for prosecution even if caught, lack of penalty enforcement if caught, prosecuted then sentenced... Deductible is only worth something to those who have a conscience. Thus the first. Have more insurance to pay for what people have no conscience or fear of being caught and/or being penalized for. To us, its cheaper. Those legally you pay for a service (most times) have a conscience while they try and rob you...
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