Honestly, I'd rather have my cat converter stolen than windows smashed and stuff inside stolen. Having had both happen to me, I've made the following conclusions:
- Starting up the truck after the converter was stolen kicked so much ass. Yeah sure, I'm out $1,500, but listen to this puppy hum! It was like my little toyota tacoma grew up over night and became a Harley.
- It felt way less invasive knowing someone was under my truck taking stuff as opposed to sitting inside my vehicle going thru the glove box/center console/etc.
- The inconvenience of having no window (in Seattle) is way greater IMO than having a really fucking loud vehicle.
- If you do have your cat converter stolen, take a look to see what all they took. On Tacomas, it's pretty simple. They unbolt the front pipe from the manifold and cut one strap, entire exhaust assembly slides out. Problem is, in stop and go traffic the exhaust manifold empties out right under the cab and a considerable amount of fumes come right into the cab. Morning stop and go traffic on 405 got me feeling pretty nauseas. Yikes.
- I don't leave my garage door opener in the truck any more - even when parked in my driveway. In fact, my truck is pretty damn clean now so there's nothing worth grabbing. Doesn't mean they won't, but it's a start. My brother had his car smashed and grabbed in West Seattle, except the guy took the garage door opener and opened their garage door (while they were home asleep) and went inside their house and took shit from inside. While they were home. Scary.
- There is a right way and a wrong way to install a temporary plastic window. If you do it the wrong way, it will fly off - right around the freeway on ramp.