NFR: Car break ins

Discussion in 'Lost, Found, Stolen' started by cj6530, Jun 25, 2008.

  1. TrevorH

    TrevorH Active Member

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    Papafsh- I was pretty frustrated with my neighbors, but kept that to myself. In their defense, they assumed everything was fine because we haven't had a theft of any kind in years. I tend to err on the side of being suspicious of people I don't recognize, and they appearantly err on the side of thinking that everything is ok. I should look into the neighborhood watch program.

    On another note... I've been debating checking out pawn shops for my stuff. I go between thinking that it could possibly yeild dirtbag's name, and thinking that pawn shop owners must want to shoot themselves everytime a victim of petty theft shows up.

    Thieves suck.
     
  2. Be Jofus G

    Be Jofus G Banned or Parked

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    If you do that, I'd advise simply browsing around the shop and not mentioning anything to the people working there. One pawn shop owner was pretty damn close to ripping my head off when I came in and asked him if he had recently recieved a les paul, Fender Strat and $20K of flawless diamonds from a shitbag. Apparently they pride themselvs in weeding out the stolen goods. :rolleyes:
     
  3. Ethan G.

    Ethan G. I do science.. on fish..

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    No big deal. The tweakers are too busy running around in the woods looking for salt licks and mumbling about how thier teeth itch to be looking on the internet! :rofl:
    -Ethan
     
  4. Bruce Gibson

    Bruce Gibson What's that?...umm tastes good.

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    I just had my car broken into about 2 weeks ago at the Renton McLendons. Right in front of the entrance at 4:00 pm. You'd think that would be a fairly safe palce to park.... They stole my stereo and 2 rods out of my trunk. I'm a really mellow guy but, if I happen to see someone breaking into my car (or someone else’s for that matter) I’d go ape sh--!..and have….

    Here a funny...
    Several years ago, I had just gotten out the Army and had only been home for a week. One night I caught someone breaking into my jeep in front of my house. I just happen to be awake and decided to put my refined cav scout skills to use. I went out the back door and snuck up on him. Mind you, I was barefoot and wearing nothing but my boxers. The guy didn’t see me until I was about 20’ away and he tried to make a break for it. He had a buddy waiting in a running truck about a 100’ down the road and he was going to jump in the bed of the truck and try to get away. As he got ready to jump in the bed I shoved him as hard as I could. This caused him fall short catching the bridge of his nose on the edge of the tailgate. Needless to say, he had gusher; blood all over the place. I then proceeded to inflict a little more damage to various part of his body. While this was happening, the guy in the truck drove a little further down the road to get away from it all. When I was satisfied with damage I inflicted, I let him go. He finally made it to the truck and jumped in.

    As the truck attempted to leave the neighborhood, I noticed he turned down a dead end road. Being an opportunist, I ran down to the corner and picked up about a 4lb rock and stood on the side of road. As the truck made its way back past me, I proceeded to throw the rock through the radiator. Then casually walked home being completely satisfied. I was living at my dads at the time and came back to find him laughing hysterically in the drive way. Since we needed to file a police report, he drove me down to the station (still in just my boxers). As I walked through the door an officer was just getting ready to leave. We he saw me, he started laughing. Apparently, a neighbor called in a guy running down the street in his underwear. My version of the story was explained with a big sh*# eating grin on my face…i.e. he tripped while getting in the truck and the truck swerved to hit me so I had to drop the rock. Although the officer knew what really happened, he liked it and put my version in the report. By the time we left the police station, other officers already had the two guys under arrest. They said the truck was pretty easy to spot because of all the blood on the side.

    In the end, it all worked out. I received restitution and the satisfaction of catching them, and they spent 7 days in the King County jail. Although the jail time was nothing compared to the physical damage he suffered; broken nose, cheek bone and 2 broken ribs from being kicked. It just so happens, I went to High School with the guy and occasionally saw him around town. Word had also spread around town (North Bend) about what had happened.
     
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  5. Bscman

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    The big thing, in my experience, has been very simple...don't leave ANYTHING in your car.

    9 times out of 10, this is deterrent enough. Of course, you still might get the over-ly curious tweaker, or the "I already broke 3 windows, I may as well break yours" tweakers.

    Any little thing, to someone on drugs (or an idiot) looks valuable.
    I won't even leave a hat on the seat or spare change in the cupholder.

    Ya gotta realize that some of these guys have smartened up a little bit--they know we're onto them, and are starting to clean out our cars before we park. If they see something completely empty they won't waste their precious time--they know you might be coming back down that trail any moment.

    A few other little tips...
    Buy a blinking LED light and put it in your dash...then head down to you local car audio shop and buy some clifford (or similar) alarm stickers for your windows. A blinking LED won't drain your battery, even in a weeks time...and when coupled with a few stickers, most will assume you have a noise maker that'll have you runnig back down the trailhead.

    If you don't want your rig stolen, get a battery cut-off switch or set your coil up with a on/off toggle switch. That'll stop 90% of the potential thiefs out there who don't have the smarts to take a look.

    Leaving the glovebox door open, with an empty compartment, is a trick hikers have been using for years in WA. Just remember to remove the bulb(s) to help keep your battery tip-top.

    Last but not least?
    Drive an older, "beater" car to less-than-desireable locations. Pick something with common parts...but not overly desireable like a ford ranger, escort, chevy S10, or some other rig that is at least 6-8 years old. Then, when you finally do get a window busted in, it'll only cost you $25 at the junkyard for a replacement.
     
  6. Jason Decker

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    funny thing is, it's not always tweakers. I thought it was tweakers on the cedar, and maybe a few are culprits, but last season when Windtickler and I came up on 2 guys casing his rig, they were both middle class highschool or college aged guys in a silver honda civic, using cell phones - one was the spotter and the other was by the car. they high tailed it out when we walked up.
     
  7. ceviche

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    I once saw a sticker on a van that said something like: "This vehicle is insured by Smith & Wesson." The two coffee cart gals that owned it neither confirmed or denied they owned a gun. I just thought them clever.

    --Dave
     
  8. Mr.E

    Mr.E He called me an Elitist ?? LOL ..what a moron

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    Very true. I was talking to a friend who works for the HP. This subject came around. He stated that allot of break in's are being done by kids that come from a well to do family environments. Peer pressure and boredom are the driving factors.
     
  9. montanaboy

    montanaboy Pike Slayer

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    i leave my doors and windows open so they can see for their selves (if they need) that my car contains no valuables. That way they don't have to break in and smash my windows
     
  10. Les Johnson

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    No boxes, gear bags, empty rod tubes....nothing is left in my car when I leave it parked. I can carry my rod, chest pack, a float tube and wear my waders for the distances I usually walk to a fishing hole. The back end is empty and easy to view. It has worked so far. And..I haven't carried a diaper bag in my car for forty years. As I get older though, I might carry one again one day, for myself.
    Cheers,
    Les
     
  11. Gertie's Pa

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    I used to drive a worker-driver bus shuttling people to the Bremerton Shipyard from the Shelton area. We had a lot of break-ins at the park and rides. The advise we received was to drive the ugliest car we could find, leave nothing in the car or trunk, remove the coil wire and roll down the windows. My advise to the deputy telling me all this was to get his ass out there more often and catch the low-lifes committing these crimes. Also, if a park and ride says they have survey cameras be very skeptical. Those signs are often a scare tactic and there are no survey cameras on the site.
     
  12. Buck

    Buck "Ride'n Dirty."

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  13. gearhead

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    oh geezzz, another thread about car breakins, with of course the usual bravado, and chest thumping, telling everybody how tough you are, or what you would do if you caught the thief yourself. and of course the name calling, like meth head, meth hillbillies, etc etc. people talk of their rights to use force , even deadly force on petty theives. all this talk about our rights. well what about due process, what about upholding this incredible one of a kind criminal justice system, that sets us apart from those that don't believe in an individuals right not to be harmed, maimed or even killed. these incidents of petty theft, are simply a forced reaction by individuals with a substance abuse desease. they need help not ridicule. if the government would provide more substance abuse prevention, offer legal means with which to aquire and use drugs, rather than forcing these underprivledged to the underground, forcing them to steal, when they could simply be offered medication to combat their desease. i don't blame the afflicted for these thefts, i blame those that are stolen from. the ignorance of parking and leaving your valuables in the open for those with less, to see, and expecting that they would still be there when you return. people should be more cautious. if you are stolen from you should look first at what you did, before you look at what an individual has done to you, who has a desease. a desease with only one cure, a bullet to the face! Did i get ya?
     
  14. reamse

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    For the record I hope and prey that is sarcasm.

    Just moved by Spokane from Wisconsin. Fished for 5 years there never had one break in, never had a friend have a break in and never heard of a fishing break in. Matter of fact the idea sounds ridiculous and makes me think that I might have made the wrong decision. When people begin to steal at fishing holes even the most stoic individual will snap.

    We have the right to own property and we have a right to preserve that property.

    I tell you this if someone is breaking into my car and I see it, you can be sure that I'll use my rights to preserve "my" property that "I" worked hard to earn.

    I love the state of Washington, but I don't know if I love it enough to get my car broken into 8 times like one previous poster. I'll move back and milk cows if need be, at least my car will be there when I get back.

    Most of these post have taut me a few things, gonna have to start being a little smarter with my gear.
     
  15. Fish Hunter

    Fish Hunter Too many people, not enough fish

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    Registration - very good point.

    Removing your registration AND garage door opener (if you have one) is very important; they have your address and access to your home. I take it all with me and it payed off last year up at Flowing Lake. They ripped out my stereo's amp and opened every compartment in my 97' Yukon.

    I am actually considering buying an old truck that I don't care what happens to it to fish out of.

    I swear if I ever catch any bastards these bastards - My name is Mud - Primus fans know what I'm talking about...