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John in La

01-04-2013 20:01:55

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So thought I would share it..............

Hole Under Door Lock

Wednesday, I approached my truck from the passenger side to place my computer bag in the front passenger seat.

As I reached to open the... door I noticed there was a hole right
under my door handle.

My first thought was, "someone has shot my truck !"

I began to think about it and inspect it a little closer and
the "light" slowly began to come on.

I phoned my friend who owns a body shop and asked if he had any
vehicles with damage to the doors that looked like a bullet hole.

"Yes, I see it all the time. Thieves have a punch and place it
right under the door handle, knock a hole through, reach in and
unlock it, just as if they have a key. No alarms, broken glass,
or anything."

I then placed a call to my insurance agent and explained it to
him. I was puzzled that they left my GPS and all other belongings.

Here is where it gets scary !

"Oh no, he said, they want the break-in to be so subtle that you
don't even realize it. They look at your GPS to see where "home"
is. Or check your address from Insurance and Registration in your glove box. Now, they know what you drive, go to your home, and if your
vehicle isn't there they assume you aren't and break into your home."

He said they will even leave a purse or wallet and only take one
or two credit cards. By the time you realize there has been a
theft, they may have already had a couple of days or more to
use them.

(I didn't realize my situation for two full days!)

They even give you the courtesy of re-locking your doors for you.

Periodically, walk around your car, especially after you park
in a shopping center or other large parking area.

Report thefts immediately....your bank w/missing check numbers,
your credit card agencies, police, and insurance companies, etc.

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01-05-2013 14:59:54

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 Re: Found this Very Interesting in reply to John in La, 01-04-2013 20:01:55  
The 06 F350 that I bought was stolen at some point. It has the same scar on the drivers door. There is a plate you can buy that you install inside the door to prevent them from doing that. I don't know if you can get them for other vehicles.

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Ken Macfarlane

01-05-2013 18:34:17

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 Re: Found this Very Interesting in reply to 320B, 01-05-2013 14:59:54  
The f350 you can pop the plastic around the handle out and work the linkage directly lots of them get cleaned out. Mines been left alone so far as its full of junk.

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Rick kr

01-05-2013 10:27:26

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 Re: Found this Very Interesting in reply to John in La, 01-04-2013 20:01:55  
2007 and newer GM trucks you cannot do that without setting off the alarm. Even if you open the door with the key, you have to then place it in the ignition cylinder to cancel the alarm.


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01-05-2013 07:08:02

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 Re: Found this Very Interesting in reply to John in La, 01-04-2013 20:01:55  
OK, it's believable. And I have seen a Dodge pickup on a note lot with a hole in the door like that. I was looking for a cheap ride for a work truck and this one was sitting there with a price on it. I saw the hole and said something to the owner. He passed it off with an "as is" remark. I later ran the VIN on one of those sites and found it had been reported stolen twice and had a lot of other history like that. That's when I found out about the reason for the hole.
It's real, and evidently easy to do. All the other stuff about information, etc. is probably just to make the story interesting.

I didn't buy the truck, it sat there for almost a year and was gone to Mexico.

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01-05-2013 06:56:47

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 Re: Found this Very Interesting in reply to John in La, 01-04-2013 20:01:55  
amazing, just another reason i dont buy new, my old stuff , nobody wants it but me, i dont leave anything in them to steal, no gps means no info, registration address is a po box 10 miles from the house, i will never have gps in anything, if it can find your route and destination, you can bet it works the other way too and they can find you

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01-05-2013 07:30:56

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 Re: Found this Very Interesting in reply to ericlb, 01-05-2013 06:56:47  
"and they can find you"

Who is "they" and do you have something to hide? (Careful, "they" might be looking.)

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Old Roy

01-04-2013 20:51:06

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 Re: Found this Very Interesting in reply to John in La, 01-04-2013 20:01:55  
Don't feel bad I have a 98 Ranger Pick up.
Easiest thing to steal.. they even supply the tool to do it with. and even many vids on You Tube on how to do it .

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Wesley Stephens

01-04-2013 20:05:12

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 Re: Found this Very Interesting in reply to John in La, 01-04-2013 20:01:55  
I saw this earlier today. Is it true or is it like the hoaxes that went around a few years ago about people hiding under cars and slashing your Achilles tendon or putting diseased needles on gas pump handles?

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John in La

01-04-2013 20:07:53

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 Re: Found this Very Interesting in reply to Wesley Stephens, 01-04-2013 20:05:12  
I really do not know. A friend sent it to me. Maybe someone can fill us in on the truth.

If we find out it is not true sorry for posting it.

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