Originally Posted by BENSIN
My neighbor across the street recently had his new truck stolen, Dodge Ram Daytona, brand freaking new, tops a year old...beautiful truck, gone. Guy goes to sleep, wakes up like four hours later, it's gone.
I mean hey, we're not living in Bev Hills over here, but it's not exactly Newark either.
Now I'm starting to get worried about my Benz, are our cars easy to steal, any one use lojack or have any insight on this?
I'm going to install a gate in front of my drive way, and not only does it block you, but it also shoots electricity at you, and if you're still alive it comes unhinged and stomps you to the ground and then spits on you.
Most professionals want domestic or Japanese cars, as there is a bigger market for the parts. Pickup trucks are very popular now, and they are often filled with accessories that are easily liquidated.
Thieves don't change the VIN numbers on the cars much any more as it's too much trouble. The days of swapping wreck VIN's with new car VIN's and re-registering them are mostly gone. Cars are either stolen for parts or for export. When they're put in a container ship going to Argentina or loaded on a truck to Mexico, nobody cares if the windows are etched or not.
And when the police check an out of state title for licensing purposes (which is usually the only time anyone looks at the VIN plate), they never look at the windows, they just look at the VIN on the dash and sign the form. If your insurance company will give you a break for etching your windows, go for it. But it won't prevent your car from being stolen.
Professionals can and will get any car they want. Crackheads can and will significantly damage your car just to steal the stuff that's in it. And if your car is stolen by an amateur, you're not going to want it back after they've had it for a few hours.