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  • f250freak

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    Jan 29, 2009
    I live in the typical 75' x 130' lot middle class suburbia neighborhood, 12 years old. Some retirees, some parents raising families (like us), some newlyweds. Houses set 25-30 ft in between. 1800-4000 sq ft houses (most in the 2200 sq ft range). Alley down the middle behind all the houses. Rear garage, short rear entrance garage/driveway. Fence covers all the backyard, but doesn't cover the driveway (meaning we park next to the fence). One neighbor driveway directly behind mine, one next to mine (same distance as between houses). We all have motion detector flood lights aimed so that when someone comes in our driveways, lights come on, but not necessarily as someone drives down the alley.

    My pickup has been broken into 4 times in the last year, and, I'm tired of replacing the door locks. Twice they've also gotten into another vehicle (wife's). They've never gotten anything, save for a pair of sunglasses and an air mattress (!). We don't leave anything of value in the vehicles, in fact about the only thing you'll see when looking in is a stock vehicle with maybe a couple of empty water bottles (there's not even paperwork with our name/address in the vehicles).

    Every time it happens, it's like they break in just cause they can, and just to look. We find the glove box open, the door is usually still open, and the light on. It's getting to feel like we're on their quarterly route or something.....and they're letting us know they were back.

    Every time, I call the police. But they don't visit, as nothing is stolen. I see patrol cars for a few days. Lather, rinse, repeat 2-3 months later.

    Short of either changing vehicles, moving, adding to the fence and gating in the rear (none of which I can afford), what would you do in this situation? I've read the Texas laws with regards to home 'castle' doctrine. I'm not opposed to force (and we will use it if they come in the house), but I have close proximity houses with kids (including my own) if I'm protecting property in my driveway.



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    I see. You have been broken into FOUR times? Unless you have to use that vehicle for something, and I mean HAVE to, I'd sell it and find something I can park in the garage.


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    Mar 11, 2008
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    Vehicle doesn't fit. It's an F250 extended cab long bed.

    If they're popping the lock through the key hole, replace the keyed door lock plates with blanks, or even the reinforced ones. And an alarm. Even a basic alarm will have shock sensors.

    Someone popped the lock on my Excursion 1 time and ran off when it barked at them. The key hole is hosed I never use the key hoe anyway. I have the keypad which also disarms the alarm, but worse case, if there's no power, I have the advantage of the rear door to climb through. Trucks aren't so lucky, how often do you loose power enough that the power door locks don't work?


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    Feb 21, 2008
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    If you have dark tint, you could try spending the night in the car a few times, with a baseball bat and a gun (just in case, you never know) and hiding in the back seat. Heck I've had my stereo stolen a couple times and I've considered doing it myself. All it would take is scaring the ever living hell out of the dude once and you would probably never have a problem ever again. ;)


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    Feb 14, 2009
    how about an alarm with pager? i have one on every car i own...they alert you right away as soon as someone messes with your car.


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    Jan 29, 2009
    I'll do the alarm with pager (no blinky light on dash though). Maybe not even install the siren (haven't decided).

    I'll also shave the exterior door key locks, and install a hidden backup jump start cable (in case batteries die).

    Should be able to do all this for about $200 by DIY.

    Then, maybe we'll see what happens when I know they're in (or trying to get in) the truck, but they don't know I know, and all the while somehow handling it and not being a headline for the 5pm news.

    Oh....and unfortunately getting rid of the vehicle isn't happening. It's paid for. It's reliable (still after 10 years/250k miles). It still looks new. I use it for heavy towing once/twice a month. Even if diesel skyrockets, it's still cheaper for towing. And, did I mention it's paid for? :-)

    Thanks for the thoughts!
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