Depends on the lock. He's very sharp at discovering easy to exploit weaknesses in locks. Sometimes just a tensioning tool and a few rake passes. Sometimes just the rake.How many guys would be able to do that ?
I haven't heard about them, but I will check them out for sure. Thanks!
Theoretically, yes, sure. But having five different sets of wheel locks does have a drawback, like what if I lose one of the keys? lol. Also, I'm pretty sure it's going to take considerably longer doing tire rotations or anytime wheels need to be taken off. It's an interesting idea though.I'm surprised no one's mentioned this. Get five different sets of wheel locks. Sure, thieves can hammer on a socket to force them off, but it's loud and now you've 5X'd the time and noise they have to make. Even Eric the car guy was struggling.
Actually, I don't really recall that I pissed off anyone. Other than the management and the mailman/woman, I don't typically interact with people i don't know in the building. The only exception is elderly people. I do say hello to them when I see them because that's how I was brought up. Just basic manners. Of course, when someone asks me a question or asks for help, I'd tend to respond to respond in a positive manner too. But you're right, I may have unknowingly pissed off someone with the way I drive (let's just say, sometimes I drive a bit fast lol), but I don't do any jerk moves like brake-checking / deliberately cutting people off etc. So it's a possibility, but not likely.Doesn't make sense. Are you sure you weren't targeted? Did you piss someone off in your apartment complex?
Why steal your wheels and tires when that Tacoma is in the background. I bet his wheels and tires are worth more. Easier to get to as well. In my experience, there's always more to the story than what is said. Maybe, I'm wrong? Maybe this incident was one of the rare non-targeted incidents.
Try parking under a well lit parking spot. Aim for a spot with a lot of foot traffic as well. Front of the building near the entrance is always better than the back.
Yeah, it's kind of shame. It does seem that the easier people are getting away with it, the more likely they are going to continue / repeat the same bad behavior.Going back to the original subject of theft prevention. In my opinion, theft is not the problem, it is the symptom. The problem is the perception that crime does pay. I call it perception, you can call it truth.
As long as the value of a hot set of wheels is greater than the risk of getting caught multiplied by the cost of getting caught, it is a lucrative endeavor, end of. There are career criminals with hundred+ arrests on their record walking on the streets. Send a thank you letter to your local representative and your favorite policy maker for making this possible.
Good question. That's what I'm wondering. No, I haven't started up yet, but I thought the car looked fine after a quick visual inspection right after I found out about the incident. Of course, I'll know more for sure once the car goes into the shop.Are you sure they didn't do anything else? Did you start it up? Is the catalytic converter still there?
Yep, lowering the deductible for my next insurance bill is absolutely something I'll be looking to do next.I’ve been keeping $50 deductible for comprehensive coverage which I believe cover theft and vandalism. There’s really not much price delta from $500 to $50, yet you’re protected from such situations.
In the future, I honestly don’t know your choices. Maybe buy a set of aftermarket wheels? For the same price as OEM you can potentially go for forged ones (I see $400-ish for 18” forged at Costco, which is not much more expensive than OEM 19”).
While that's certainly fine... I'm not sure why when it's a comprehensive claim. I've filed a few comprehensive claims in the past few years and my rates have never gone up. I've never lost my 'accident-free' discount. I've always called my agent first and asked him - is this claim going to raise my rates? His answer regarding comprehensive claims has always been 'no'.I personally prefer solutions that don't involve insurance claims.
Aren't dash cams activated with motion or impact? I doubt stealing rims would cause the camera to turn on. Also, cameras are pointing forward and back, can't see anything to the side where the wheels are.That sucks.
How about a dash cam with parking sensor and phone alert? Like a Blackvue or Thinkware model.
Those things were dropped on bricks. I dont think any of that was quietly or carefully done. Also they have to get around from one side of the car to the other to get all four rims. My dashcam has a wide angle lens, anybody near the front fenders is easily picked upAren't dash cams activated with motion or impact? I doubt stealing rims would cause the camera to turn on. Also, cameras are pointing forward and back, can't see anything to the side where the wheels are.