Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Car Jack

the Safer Neighbourhoods LogoSteeling cars is a little more difficult these days due to all the new security devices fitted to them. So the scallywags come up with new ways to deprive you of your motor. Here are some examples.

They stick a piece of paper on your rear window while your car is in a car park. You get in, switch on, start to reverse out of the bay and there it is, in your rear view mirror. So you get out to remove it and hey presto. The thief jumps in and drives your car away, because you’ve left the keys in the ignition. Not only that they’ve got whatever you’ve left in the car. Handbag, door keys, credit cards, money, and possibly even your address.

Another ruse is to place a traffic cone in the middle of a car park exit. Same effect, you get out to move it out of the way……….

Here’s another one, that especially targets women. They smash your passenger side window while in the car park. Wait for you to return and follow in another car. Once you stop at traffic lights the sidekick gets out of the following car and nicks your handbag from the passenger seat. And off they speed.

Never leave your keys in the ignition when you get out of the car, and stay alert. There are many more methods than the three described above.

15 comments:

  1. I suggest that the threat of 10 years with a ball and chain attached around the neck might be some form of deterrent - second offence a lethal injection.

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  2. It's very hard to learn to be UNtrusting, and UNhelpful.

    However, I've forced myself into the habit of locking the doors as soon as I get in the car, and to loop my handbag handle round the gearshift and put it in the passenger footwell, making it more difficult to grab if the window's broken.

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  3. A good old-fashioned birching.

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  4. Careful Morris, with suggestions like that people may begin to get the wrong impression. Welcome back, hope you had a good time away from these shores.

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  5. Wrong idea?

    Yes, surely you meant beaching, in Kenya maybe? That way these misunderstood youths could learn life skills,responsibility and leadership.

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  6. My apologies DGS. I had no idea that the thought of birching might excite you!

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  7. No, Dorothea, I said, and meant, BIRCHING: 10 lashes minimum.

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  8. Morris, You've clearly TWIGGED. Good boy!!!!

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  9. Twigged, dgs? I've even been known to branch out......

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  10. The Civil Service clearly had a profound effect upon your development Morris.

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  11. No, he was apparently like that at school, dgs.

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  12. Well "anon" appears to be a courageous soul!

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  13. You may be happy to know, Morris, that lots of people agree with you on corporal punishment, presumably including some among Labour’s best friends (do you think they’re backing the wrong horse?)

    One gentleman, for example, “in a documentary to be screened on Channel 4 next month, entitled Divorce: Sharia Style, Dr Hasan goes further, advocating a sharia system for Britain. "If sharia law is implemented, then you can turn this country into a haven of peace because once a thief's hand is cut off nobody is going to steal," he says.

    "Once, just only once, if an adulterer is stoned nobody is going to commit this crime [?] at all.

    "We want to offer it to the British society. If they accept it, it is for their good and if they don't accept it they'll need more and more prisons." …”

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;jsessionid=F3NBR3NW2KUVRQFIQMGCFFOAVCBQUIV0?xml=/news/2008/01/20/nsharia_120.xml&page=2

    Doubtless at least some of those who signed the pro-Ken petitition are in favour of birching / flogging.

    http://www.order-order.com/2008/01/charity-commission-warns-ken-backing.html

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  14. Back in the days when the plays by Joe Orton were all the rage 'anon' or similar was the subject of a Kenneth Williams joke; something about 'Nelson being anon' as far as I recall, or at least something near enough to that. Did anyone ever attend the Peggy Cochrane Theatre during those times? Ah, those were the days, no parking restrictions, plenty of space and freedom, 2/6d to get into the threatre and a coffee or two at dawn in the 'two eyes' plus a spaghetti bolognese if you could face it; just where did my youth go I wonder.

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