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Car broken into... #4697239
03/17/18 12:22 AM
03/17/18 12:22 AM
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Bay Area, CA
InvalidUserID Offline OP
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Walked up to my '99 Civic that was parked in my apartment complex and noticed my glove compartment open, paperwork all over the place and glovebox open. No windows were broken though it appears they messed with the driver's side keyhole to gain entry. The brake lock that I had on appeared to be tampered with as I normally keep it parallel with the dash and it was almost on the ground. Looking at the brake pedal, they must have been trying to wrestle it off as the pedal was bent. They must have went through the car looking for the key as they ignored an ipod, sunglasses and headunit faceplate.

I'm sure if it were more experienced thief, they wouldn't have had any problems with the brake lock. I'm lucky in that sense. Went ahead and had a Ravelco installed and put on another type of brake lock as another visual deterrent. Probably looks silly but it's my daily driver and don't want it stolen.

Last edited by InvalidUserID; 03/17/18 12:37 AM.

My Cars aka old reliables:
- '96 Camaro 3800 II
- '97 4.0 Grand Cherokee
- '99 Civic EX

Re: Car broken into... [Re: InvalidUserID] #4697242
03/17/18 12:27 AM
03/17/18 12:27 AM
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Northern Kentucky
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My dad always said anti theft devices like that are good for deterring a casual thief, but not a pro


2012 Chevy Cruze LT 1.4T - 59k - Edge 0w30 SL + Mahle OX401D
2002 Buick Century 144k - Built 4T65e(Maxlife) - GTX 5w30 + Fram XG3980
Re: Car broken into... [Re: 901Memphis] #4697246
03/17/18 12:41 AM
03/17/18 12:41 AM
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Bay Area, CA
InvalidUserID Offline OP
InvalidUserID  Offline OP
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Yeah, for sure. It's better than nothing though and saved my car this time. Really just doing what I can to make it harder for them.


My Cars aka old reliables:
- '96 Camaro 3800 II
- '97 4.0 Grand Cherokee
- '99 Civic EX

Re: Car broken into... [Re: InvalidUserID] #4697248
03/17/18 12:45 AM
03/17/18 12:45 AM
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Phoenix
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dishdude  Online Content
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Phoenix
Ravelco? From a quick Google search it appears to be just a cheesy kill switch. Short all the connectors together and you'll complete the circuit and the car will start right up.


2018 Challenger SRT 392 PUP 0w-40 Wix 57899XP
2018 GTI
Re: Car broken into... [Re: InvalidUserID] #4697274
03/17/18 04:29 AM
03/17/18 04:29 AM
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S California
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Whatever happened to those devices that you locked onto your steering wheel that would force the car thief to cut the wheel before driving off with your car?

Re: Car broken into... [Re: OneEyeJack] #4697276
03/17/18 04:35 AM
03/17/18 04:35 AM
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Youngstown, NY
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Originally Posted By: OneEyeJack
Whatever happened to those devices that you locked onto your steering wheel that would force the car thief to cut the wheel before driving off with your car?
turns out the thieves found they can also cut their own legs off and The Club (tm) would then be rendered useless.


2015 Jeep Cherokee 18k
2008 Chrysler Town & Country Touring 149k
2007 Toyota Yaris S 170k

Re: Car broken into... [Re: InvalidUserID] #4697317
03/17/18 06:42 AM
03/17/18 06:42 AM
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Oklahoma
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Oklahoma
You know what I would do? Buy a wheel clamp of some design. Oh have a pop off steering wheel like race cars have. Another one I would look at is a modified motorcycle caliper lock that has the high pitch alarms. The clamp and the caliper lock are all under $75. The quick release steering wheel is under $200 from what I can tell.


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PPHM or PP or PPU
5w-30
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Re: Car broken into... [Re: InvalidUserID] #4697424
03/17/18 08:52 AM
03/17/18 08:52 AM
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USA
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My favorite anti-theft measure is a hidden switch in series with the fuel pump or ignition so the car will just crank and not start if someone tries to steal it by busting the cylinder. The sound of a car cranking and not starting attracts a lot more attention than an alarm.

Re: Car broken into... [Re: InvalidUserID] #4697568
03/17/18 11:35 AM
03/17/18 11:35 AM
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midwest
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midwest
Call the police and have them make a report.


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