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Another Car Break-in [Sep. 7th, 2006|10:59 am]
Brad Fitzpatrick

dina's car got broken into again. The stereo was already gone, and she had nothing showing inside.

What did they take?

The garage door opener.

Fucking hell.

They even left CDs and a knife that were in the car's middle console. Did they really just want the garage door opener?

Garage door is now locked, house door is locked, etc. Means I have to find a manual online for my garage door and reset the frequency/code/etc. And get another garage door opener.

At least they didn't break the window this time (they slim-jimmed the lock?), so it's not as expensive?

How can I find these people and bust their kneecaps? I need a silent alarm on the car that alerts me inside the house so I can run out with a baseball bat. (as is, we can't hear the alarm from the bedroom downstairs, if it's even going off....)

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[User Picture]From: satiredun
2006-09-07 06:10 pm (UTC)
Impland RFID's in your hands so only you can open the doors? if someone tries to open the door without you there, silent alarm in your house...
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[User Picture]From: nick
2006-09-07 06:11 pm (UTC)
How often do you need 2 cars anyway... it's time to get rid of the Honda, it's gotta be more trouble than its worth at this point.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2006-09-07 06:34 pm (UTC)
And let Dina drive the Audi? Surely you jest.
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[User Picture]From: kuteluvr
2006-09-07 06:17 pm (UTC)

SF Life

You live in San Francisco now. Cars are a serious liability. Ditch the car (or at least any car that's not kept in a garage), get a keychain opener for the other, and start taking muni to work.

Or better yet... try citycharshare or zipcars instead. Imagine the savings in insurance alone.
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[User Picture]From: bandicoot
2006-09-07 06:21 pm (UTC)
We had a (very rare) car break in, so I put in an outdoor motion detector light set that illuminates the parking area whenever an infrared heat source passes by. It takes some tinkering with the sensitivity, but so far it's been effective and useful, because it automatically provides light when you're getting out of the car.

The other thing you could do is install unobtrusive video cameras that can record onto disk and are triggered by changes in picture content. You might be able to get and ID on the perps.
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[User Picture]From: scsi
2006-09-07 06:48 pm (UTC)
Getting an ID is the easy part, getting SFPD to actually do something about it is another story. :)
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[User Picture]From: sir_bissel
2006-09-07 06:21 pm (UTC)
Didn't you know? Garadge door openers are the new ingredient for meth.
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[User Picture]From: boggyb
2006-09-07 06:25 pm (UTC)
How about this for an idea for when you replace the radio (found in the Monastary about a year ago):

Back in the days of car radio thefts in .uk, and in a case where someone
*clearly* had a key to the targeted vehicle, I have seen[1] an expensive
radio/cassette/CD player subtly modified to include something nasty[2],
and fitted to a slide-in mount with the disarming pin fitted to the rack.

The culprit was *easily* identifiable a few days later, being the proud
possessor of a green-splashed face and hands. People kept punching him 
in the face/gut/etc. for some bizarre reason, too...

[1] I suggested the mechanism: fit the unit to a slide mounting, find
    a suitable spot to drill a small hole through rear of mounting and
    rear of unit when fitted together, fit disarming pin to mount, 
    and microswitch to the inside of the unit such that when the pin
    is in it disconnects the dye canister charge from the power rails.
   (Ensure that the switch operates *before* the connectors mate!)
[2] ISTR it was a *very* expensive and desirable Blaupunkt unit that
    was acquired for next to nothing because it had been fried by the
    failure of the 24V -> 12V converter in the coach it had been
    fitted to. Coring it out allowed quite a large amount of nastyness
    to be inserted, though I advised against the electric thunderflash
    and CS Gas pellets. A large cashbox dye canister was eventually
    fitted and I suspect the recipient had to redecorate their
    room afterwards.

The original thread, by the way, was about how to make people regret running off with laptops: "When the laptop passes out of range of the bluetooth transmitters, it...notifies the person carying it."
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[User Picture]From: funjon
2006-09-07 06:28 pm (UTC)

Clearly you need to leave some bait in the car (brand new ipod?) and sit at the windowsill with a rifle and night-vision scope.

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From: imtho
2006-09-07 06:29 pm (UTC)


Get a wireless camera w/motion detection on your PC = silent alarm + visuals.

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[User Picture]From: brad
2006-09-07 06:35 pm (UTC)

Re: Camera?

She parks on the street in different places.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2006-09-07 06:36 pm (UTC)
I like the nerve gas idea.
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[User Picture]From: dossy
2006-09-07 06:40 pm (UTC)
Um, video camera pointed at where the car is parked plus DVR = busted?

If you nail 'em on video, post it to YouTube. :-)
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[User Picture]From: scsi
2006-09-07 06:50 pm (UTC)
Use a bat in SF against an unarmed person and you'll promptly go to jail. SF is funny that way.
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[User Picture]From: kaleidoscopeeye
2006-09-07 07:02 pm (UTC)
Fuck, I hate that kind of stuff. Where is she parking when these break ins occur? Is it the same place? Could she find a different (more secure) option?
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[User Picture]From: crw
2006-09-07 07:25 pm (UTC)
random thoughts on the subject:

- james brown car alarm
- electrify the car after you lock it
- find a garage in the area, usually 150-250/mo, but worth it

i pay 180/mo for a parking pass in a garage (no assigned/reserved spaces) and there are vidcams covering the ways in and out and there's a rentacop who does walk-throughs every hour or so. i don't really worry about my car at night.
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[User Picture]From: scsi
2006-09-07 07:26 pm (UTC)

Heres something you can do.

1. Obtain 2 high-output jogger alarms. You know those handheld boxes that emit this 100000 Db screech when you pull the lanyard out of them.
2. Mount box to inside of glove-box and center console.
3. Mount lanyard to door of glove box and center console, but attach via snap-hook or other means and leave a bit of slack so you can undo it if you legitly need to get in there. I would keep both compartments empty and keep your regristration/insurance info above the drivers visor, so you would have no reason to get into glove box or center console.
4. Wait.
5. Idiot burgler will open glove box or center console in dead of night, trip alarm, and get a bazillion Db blast out of nowhere.
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[User Picture]From: dakus
2006-09-07 08:41 pm (UTC)
tint the windows?
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[User Picture]From: erik
2006-09-07 09:18 pm (UTC)
Often that's just a sign to people that you have a nice car with nice shit inside that you don't want outsiders to see. It's an immediate assurance that this is probably a car worth stealing/breaking into. Versus another car, say, without tinted windows where any valuables are simply not visible inside.
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