The thieves stripped everything to the rotors.
While the car is in the body shop, I rented a car. The rental car guy
told me that in our town, he's seen plenty of ancient Honda Civics with
suspiciously brand new tires and brand new wheel covers. He's positive
that these were stolen wheels and covers.
-- Steven L.
it's deliberate to leave the car on the ground.
I've seen it on many cars that had their wheels stolen.
they take the jack to leave no evidence,even take the lug nuts.
Locking or keyed lug nuts can be removed;
Harbor Freight and Advance Auto both sell devices specifically made to
remove locking lug nuts,they fit on a 1/2" breaker bar. Advance Auto also
sells "slim-jims" to open your car door without keys.
Just remember that once the alarm goes off,the police will take some time
to arrive,after you've spent several minutes answering the 911 operator's
many questions and repeating them over and over.
(when seconds count,police are minutes away)
the 911 operator will want to know how many thieves,what race,what are they
wearing,what color,make,model and license number of the vehicle they're
One other thing;
Honda often routes the hood release cable through the left
wheelwell,thieves tear out the plastic wheelwell,cut the cable and pull it
with pliers to unlatch your hood,then when they open the hood,a second
thief quickly cuts the wires to the alarm siren/speaker.
The alarm only sounds for a second,not long enough to waken you at 3:30 AM.
That's the typical time frame when "Midnite Auto Parts" strikes;after the
bars close and the drunks have gotten home,but before people begin rising
to go to work.
Also,you may need to make a shield to cover the hood latch itself,because
the thieves also can use a wire hook to reach under the front bumper and
pull the latch wire;there are websites online that show how.
I have had lots of experience with such thieves... :-(
My 94 Integra GS-R was burglarized for the ECU,then a few years
later,stolen,stripped and torched.A friends Integra was burglarized and
stripped in the manner I described about the hood latch. Thieves also pried
off the Acura name,GS-R badge and Acura symbol from my car's hatchback.They
are not cheap.
I did not get the fuel cutoff switch installed in time to prevent my car's
theft.My alarm did wake me to see them push-starting it and to hear the
alarm fade in the distance as it went down the street,already out of sight.
(a gated apartment community,too.) "Gone in 60 Seconds" was accurate.
My Integra did not have the Immobilizer key system that newer models have.
If you decide to go out to confront them yourself,be prepared.
some of these thieves are armed,and there's usually more than one of them.
Garage the car,if possible.
Or get wheels and tires that have no value. no fancy,low profile
tires/rims. forget about replacing the hubcaps.
there's really no other way to keep the wheels from being stolen again.
Buy a new jack for every car they rip off? Forget it, too expensive!
You're not thinking like a businessman! :)
As you know, they don't work neat, either, they'll easily do $1,000 or
more damage to your interior heisting your $1,000 radio (or used to,
modern Honda radios have no value if stolen without the code, but my
On Fri, 06 Aug 2010 20:05:54 -0500, Jim Yanik wrote:
I must be lucky, 20+ years never locked my cars (outside on single home
driveway) and never had anything stolen...even left my wallet on the
driver's seat a couple times. Nice cars too, Integra and Accord.
I remember a study I read about in one of my college psych courses. They
took two identical late model cars and parked them on the street in
neighborhoods with similar middle class demographics, one on the east
coast and one on the west, opened the hood to make them look like the
owner was having car problems and had gone for help, and hid in the
bushes to see what happened. The east coast car was completely destroyed
(stripped and set afire) in just over 24 hr. They watched the west one
for two or three days and the only thing that happened was someone
stopped and closed the hood when it started to rain. This was done in
the 60's so it might be different today.
Yes,that guy IS lucky. I note he didn't say WHERE he lives....
BTW,I used to be stationed at Hanscom AFB outside of Bedford. 1972-74.
I drove a 68 English Ford Cortina GT at the time,great car,fun to drive.
And the base had an Auto Hobby Shop to do repairs and maintenance.
THAT I really miss.
I know this is extremely devious, but leave a bottle of Dom Perignom
(sp) wine on the seat in a bag, but don't forget to inject cyanide
liquid or botulism toxin through the cork, and then seal with wax "for
their enjoyment later". Make sure you buy everything in cash at a
place which is not where you live currently. Watch the news and see if
theres a report about a group of people at a chop shop who die due to
cyanide poisoning etc. You can probably obtain syringes at most
pharmacies now if you pose as someone who uses narcotics and as for
the Cyanide...jewelry company or chemical companies. The botulism is
going to be hard to find, but you can create your own by letting
boiled potatoes ferment and spoil for a while.
Note: This is just for fun, I'm not really condoning this type of
behavior, but it would be funny. :)
I have very little tolerance for people who like to get a free ride in
life and don't believe in working.
wheel locks are next to useless - the damaged nut removers you get at
sears and other tool outlets will all get those things off in the same
time as a normal wheel nut.
as for theft, there is no definitive solution if you live in a dodgy
neighborhood other than driving a dodgy vehicle that blends in. either
move, or put your money into something that looks like a beater but
isn't - the stealth approach.
I would modify your statement to say "wheel locks are worse than useless."
I've had them on three vehicles and the experience has been horrid in two
out of three cases. One time I had the damn tire store steal the key! The
key was cabled to the log wrench, and the tire store cut the cable and then
conveniently lost the key......at least that is what they claimed when I
accused them of stealing it when I went to check the brakes the next month.
After a lot of bitching, they used a tool to take off the lock nuts and they
replaced them with regualr lug nuts. When I got a Nissan Frontier with the
lock nuts, the first thing I did was take them off and heave them in the
trash. Problem solved.
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