Car Theft. Hope this helps.

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by Sinker, May 5, 2006.

  1. Sinker

    Sinker New Member

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    Seems that car thieves have found yet another way to steal your
    >car or truck without any effort at all.
    >
    >The car thieves peer through the windshield of your car or truck,
    >write down the VIN # from the label on the dash, go to the local
    >car dealership and request a duplicate key based on the VIN #.
    >
    >My friend didn't believe this e-mail, so she called Chrysler-Dodge
    >and pretended she had lost her keys. They told her to just bring in
    >the VIN #, and they would cut her one on the spot, and she could
    >order the keyless device if she wanted.
    >
    >The Car Dealer's Parts Department will make a duplicate key from
    >the VIN #, and collect payment from the thief who will return to
    >your car. He doesn't have to break in, do any damage to the vehicle,
    >or draw attention to himself.
    >
    >All he has to do is walk up to your car, insert the key and off he
    >goes to a local Chop Shop with your vehicle. You don't believe it?
    >It IS that easy.
    >
    >To avoid this from happening to you, simply put some tape
    >(electrical tape, duct tape or medical tape) across the VIN
    >Metal Label located on the dash board.
    >
    >By law, you cannot remove the VIN, but you can cover it so it
    >can't be viewed through the windshield by a car thief.
    >
    >I urge you to forward this to your friends before some other car
    >thief steals another car or truck. I slipped a 3 x 5 card over
    >the VIN NUMBER.
    >


    This was sent to me by a friend, so that's what I'm doing. Sinker
     
  2. IL Hunter

    IL Hunter New Member

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    That is absolutely ridiculous. There should be some kind of law in place to stop dealerships from giving keys to jsut anyone and make sure it is the cars owner. The only dealers who can get that information are actually new car dealers. Yuo can't go to some used car dealer and have him get keys from a vin.

    Any newer cars that have the electronic keys (usually the ones with plastic heads) have to be programmed. You have to do that in the vehicle. If my Truck which is a 2005 is opened with a keywith out a sensor or if it is busted into the alarm will go off. If a key is inserted that is not programmed the car will not start. This was also the case in my old car which was a 2000. I'm sure this technology goes back even more years than that.

    It may be easy enough to get a key cut, but there are other things inplace to make theft more difficult. If somebody really wants your vehicle I figure they will take it regardless.