Grand Theft Auto. It may be a great video game series (and a cheesy movie directed by Ron Howard), but no one wants it to happen to them. There’s no way around it, having your car stolen sucks. What sucks the most about it is the sad fact that nearly every single car theft is completely avoidable if you follow some simple advice. The articles and sites below will tell you all you need to know, from what kind of cars are commonly stolen, to what kind of anti-theft devices are out there.
General Tips and Articles
10 Most Stolen Cars
Thieves may be low-down-dirty scoundrels out to steal your wheels, but they do have taste. That being said, there are obviously some cars that thieves are after more than others. If you’re still rocking a 1995 Geo Metro you can probably leave those windows down with little concern, however if you drive any of the cars that are on this article points out as being on the Highway Data Loss Institute’s list of the 10 most stolen vehicles in America, you might want to consider getting a new alarm system. Not surprisingly, the Cadillac Escalade is the most stolen vehicle in America, with 1 out of every 100 being reported as stolen.
Las Vegas: Car Thief Mecca
So if you drive a tricked-out Cadillac Escalade and are planning a trip to Las Vegas you might want to consider a rental. According to this article Las Vegas is the nation’s capital for car thieves (way to drop the ball Detroit), and over 22,000 were stolen in 2006 alone. That’s one way to get money to blow on craps. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but your car might end up at a scrap yard in Reno.
Car thieves are turning into L33T HAX0RS. As car manufacturers have turned to high-tech keyless entry devices to combat car thieves, the criminals have turned in their crowbars for laptops and some can hack the computers of these cars in less than 20 minutes. It happened to David Beckham recently, but considering that man is worth more than most European nations, don’t feel too sorry for him.
High Value Car Parts
Stealing cars is a high-profile and risky crime, and thieves know that, so many only steal parts of your car. According to this article the most stolen auto part is the catalytic converter, which they can usually sell for a pretty penny to a scrap dealer. Unfortunately this article doesn’t offer any solutions to the problem, giving you another thing to worry about when you can’t go to sleep at night.
Top 10 Ways to Steal a Car
Professional car thieves know what they are doing when they steal a car, and now you can too with the help of this article. But use this knowledge for good and not evil by using it to protect your car from all those thieving bastards out there. Some of the tips are pretty obvious (like not keeping a spare key in your car) but some might not be (cover any exposed wires in your car).
This is a very strange anti-theft-device that when triggered releases and completely harmless, but completely disorientating cloud of fog in your car that takes 45 minutes to clear out. Further adding to the nauseating feeling is the including strobe light. I don’t know if this would be a practical anti-theft-device for your car but it would totally rock at a Pink Floyd laser light show.
Spinning Anti-Theft Device
This anti-theft-device works by making the steering wheel spin at a break-neck (or break-arm) speed if someone tries to drive the car without disabling it first. While it would probably stop a thief from driving off with you wheels, it also looks like it would completely trash your steering column and front axel.
A bored science teacher strapped a giant Tesla coil to the top of his compact car to see what would happen. The result is one of the coolest, if horribly impractical, car theft deterrents ever made. I want one.
You want a car alarm to protect your precious wheels, but you know that no one, not even you, is going to flinch when the alarm goes off because we as a people have become completely desensitized to them. This fictional device that substitutes the beeps and boops of a car alarm for the glorious sounds of a woman experiencing a porn-star level orgasm would be a great solution, but it would probably get parents’ groups all up in arms. It also might make your neighbors call the police if you’re in the middle of a passionate session with your significant other because they might think you stole a car.
Car theft is a horrible crime that leads to rising insurance rates for everyone in America. It can also be a great source of entertainment for bored people with computers. A “bait car” is a car left out by the police that idles to a stop soon after being stolen by unknowing car thieves. Even better is that once the car “breaks down” the doors lock shut and the windows won’t go down. Watching car thieves get caught in these mouse traps on wheels is almost as entertaining as watching pedophiles get busted by that one guy on Dateline.