There are many reasons behind people stealing cars. For the vast majority of cases, vehicle theft usually falls under one of four reasons: transportation, parts, conversion, and insurance fraud.
The Slim Jim is still the most common form of entry to cars. These can either be made, or purchased at any automobile or lock smith ‘collector’ stores. Many of the newer cars are attempting to get around this by putting a steal plate over the locking mechanism, but already there is a new slim jim out that can get around this.
The Slim Jim method has been defeated by the 1990+ year Chevrolets’, which include a chip in their keys, and the car won’t start without the properly coded chip.
Another device thieves are using is known as the Lemon Pop. This incorporates a piece of plastic or venetian blind to slip inbetween the molding and the top of the window on Mercedes, Porche’s, or other push-button locking cars. The plastic is hooked around the lock, and the lock is "popped"
Cars with locked steering columns can be defeated by one of a number of devices on the market, like the SideKick. This incorporates a small drill bit in order to drill into the core of the lock, and a device to then extract the lock.
Alarms often give the owner a great false sense of security and they will do things normal drivers wouldn’t (since the ASSUME the vehicle is safe). And they will park them in very risky locations. The reality is, many car alarms can be easily circumvented - aside from a few.
All these topics mentioned above are covered in detail in The Ultimate Car Theft Handbook. This handbook will prove to be both informational and extremely interesting to anyone with any degree of curiosity concerning Car Theft.
Written in first person by a ex-car thief, this manual is shockingly straight to the point. You will not be left wondering about any aspect of car theft.
This publication is presented STRICTLY to educate car owners on the lengths criminals will use to steal cars, and how you can protect your car from them.
Following topics are covered in this handbook:
- Why People Steal Cars
- Gaining Entry To The Car
- An Overview Of The Tools And Costs
- Starting The Car
- Defeating Car Alarms
- Vehicle Identification Numbers (Vin’s) Vehicle Conversion
- Locating The Target Car
- Registering The Car
- Selling The Car
- Rental Car Scam - No Title States
- Insurance Fraud And You
- Notes On Insurance Fraud
- Insurance Fraud Indicators
- The Motorcycle And Theft
- One Final Note: The Law And You