Auto Theft

If you live in America, auto theft should be on your mind. I’ve already had my car stolen two times. Since then I’ve taken what steps I can to avoid it, but someone can always steal your car if they really want to.

 Car Defenses

 South African Flame Throwers

Now that’s the ultimate defense. I’d love to have that. Of course we’d be afraid it would go off on our kids or ourselves.

Thief Impalement

Someone made a thing that sat under their seat that shot something straight up into thieves. I’m sure that’s completely illegal and if not, wouldn’t you be worried it would go off by mistake?

Shocker Car

People made a car that shocks thieves.

 Shaved Door Handles

One really cool thing I’ve seen (rarely) is people remove all the handles and shave the doors (make the location where the handles were completely flat/streamlined) removing any possibilty of entering the car without the remote. I’d love to do that someday.

 More realistic items

 Car Alarms

I always have one but they don’t really stop someone from stealing your car. They only help defeat the complete amature car thiefs or people that might screw with your car. A car alarm is always recommended. Most cars come with them now anyway.

Kill Switch

One of the best methods for keeping your car from being stolen is a hidden kill switch. You have to flip this switch or do some code to turn your car on. This requires some custom work on your car so it’s not really common. There might be some people out there to install it for you.


In the 1990s everyone had “THE CLUB.” The red club that goes over your steering wheel. But those are easily bypassed. Don’t ever get those or look up youtube videos on them.

 I got a different type of club which hopefully has no real counter. I’ve never had my car stolen since getting it.

 I had a taser club for a while. But it ate up batteries like crazy. It also scared the shit out of everyone. It might have been illegal too for all I know. The idea was you got tasered if you tried to touch it. It was hilarious. It had a remote too. I finally just threw it away because I wasn’t as concerned with protecting my car.

 GPS Tracking/Lojack/etc

I tried it out. It was super expensive and the thieves stole my lojack and it didn’t help the cops find the car at all. After that, I didn’t get them anymore. Maybe there’s some good one to use but it’s my understanding that they are easy to find and disable. The thieves just learn where each brand are installed and search there. Maybe you have more current knowledge or somehow this has improved since 1999.

  •  Special Keys – Some fancy cars come with a special key that is required to run the car, then the thieves hopefully can’t duplicate it or bypass it, too easily.
  • Removing the Steering Wheel – I’ve seen this as an option years ago but now that they contain airbags, that’s no longer an option except on old cars.
  •  Wheels –Get some wheel locks. These are special lug nuts on your wheel with a key pattern. That prevents a person with a regular tire wrench from getting your wheels off. There are other methods of getting your wheel off so it’s not 100% but it’s some protection against rookies. I’ve never even heard of someone getting their wheels stolen. I’ve only seen it in movies. But I still have the keys just in case. I did run into a horrible situation where the lock got lost, I had to pay to get the nuts removed. Then pay to get new locks. I swear THEY were the ones that lost the nut to, not me. It would be smart to then hide your nut lock somewhere if you can. But try to not hide it from yourself haha.

Anything else? Let us know.

General Prevention

 Your Location

Your location is the main indicator as to whether your car will be stolen. For example Phoenix, AZ has/had a huge car theft problem. Katan went there and got his Saturn stolen. Who would steal a Saturn? Look up the crime statistics for auth theft in your area. You can also look up the crime blogs and crime maps for your area.

 Car Choice

Your car choice is the biggest thing that will influence whether your car is stolen or not. You can look up the top stolen cars, maybe even for your area.. Both of the cars I had that were stolen were in the top 10 stolen car list (Civic/Camery). Ideally you pick a car that no one wants to steal. I always had sleeper cars that look slow but had powerful engines hidden below. If you are flashy with your car or car choice, don’t be surprised if you have to spend extra time defending your car.

Parking Choice/Safeguards

I often say, “I’m not taking my car to that place. Let’s take your car” My dad is even more sensitive about his car. He’s never even had his car stolen to my knowledge and he’s nearly 70. There are certain areas you should avoid and avoid parking in to obviously avoid having your car stolen. The movies are true. If you take your fancy car to downtown ghetto street and park it. Kiss it goodbye.

  • If you’re heading to a bad area, try to trick someone else into driving if you can. For example when I went to E3 which was downtown LA, I’d take the work bus instead of driving sometimes.
  • Park in lighted areas vs. dark areas
  • Pay more to park in a nicer area if you have to
  • Don’t be a dick in how you park (parking too close, taking up multiple spots).
  • Avoid obnoxious bumper stickers or sports teams which may cause people to target your car. You want people to think NOTHING about your car when they see it. So they’ll leave it alone.
  • Try to park in areas with cars that are way better than yours. So the thieves will target their car and not yours.
  • You can keep your car dirty to make it look less valuable. If you are lazy, you won’t even have to try to accomplish this.
  • Speaking of valuables, take everything that isn’t nailed down with you. Take your stereo faceplate (if it detaches), radar detector, bags, etc. You should do that if you ever have your car worked on too. I remove everything that isn’t nailed down that has any worth.
  • If you have a trunk that locks special, use it. I have this switch in the trunk that prevents it from being opened from the inside release latch.
  • There’s also some cars (my Honda had it) that have a lock on the inside trunk release latch. You can lock that, then people can’t get in your trunk. I stow my stuff in the trunk and lock it. My last car had a trunk popper with the alarm. It let me open the trunk by remote. My new one doesn’t have that sadly. You can pay to get them installed tho.
  • Speakers – When they stole my car they ripped the inside up looking for speakers. Since my car was 6 days old I had nothing but lame stock speakers. So they had nothing to steal. Some people put $1,000s into their stereos, especially, it seems, in the poorer areas. I always just stick with the stock stereo or get a new head unit and leave the speakers. If you do decide to upgrade your speakers, see if there’s some way to protect them from being obvious or from being stolen.

Tips from Expeirence (being stolen 2x)

Keep your deductible low on your car insurance. I had to pay $1,000 deductible because I had set it so high.

The cops are never going to catch the thieves. My first car stolen was abandoned and set on fire. The next one, they found the car abandoned the next day with only a little damage. Cops never spend any time catching car thieves unless something magical happens. They’re never going to go find the people


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    • Ophelia on:
      The way I see it, at least in Los Angeles (and San Diego--the other counties of California I've been in have it far less pronounced than these two), a lot of the problems seen on the roads can be attributed to a culture that places great value on speed. Essentially, people in L.A and S.D. are trained from an early age to have their gratification instant, and thus they never learn patience. This is why drivers will speed up to block you when you want to change lanes, this is why tailgating is so rampant, this is why they rarely ever come to a complete stop at stop signs, and this is why there's so much lane-weaving: These are drivers who want to go fast and see slowing down or stopping as an admission of inferiority. For the record, people blocking to stop me when I'm changing lanes is an extremely common occurrence that I figured out a good way to ensure you can get into the lane you need fairly quickly: As long as the traffic is not too congested, just slow down by about 5 miles per hour and get in behind them. The driver trying to block you is doing so either because they're not paying attention, or they cannot stand the thought of someone coming over in front of them. In both cases, they will gladly let you in behind them. (Congestion creates a problem because it means there will be someone else behind them who will think the same thing, and the person behind them likewise, and so forth.) It is an animal instict at work. For most creatures, seeing another creature with their back turned to them indicates the back-turned creature has superior authority. Likewise, a creature taking up a space behind another creature is an act of submission. For some reason, Californian drivers fall to these animal instincts and treat their cars as extensions of themselves. They don't want you getting into their lane in front of them because, subconsciously, they interpret it as you asserting authority over them, but they'll let you in behind them because they see it as you acknowledging their superiority. That's what I think.
    • expectnothing on:
      That's exactly it. It's the attitude of it's ME me me and the whole world doesn't exist besides me.
    • expectnothing on:
      California people tailgate because there's so many damn people, if you didn't, the line of cars would stretch from MEXICO to Oregon. They added 800,000 illegal alien drivers the other year. So that's why. As long as they are not crazy close which I define as you can't even see their headliights behind you. Otherwise, that's how close people drive in RUSH hour. Otherwise, in normal conditions, they're just tailgating and being aholes if it's not rush hour.
    • floyd on:
      Why do Los Angeles driver tailgate, I was coming home on the 60 fwy west bound traffic was almost at a stop and this female person in a infinite climb on my bumper so close I could not see her front plate in my rear view camera I got over then she cut me off and flip me off this was a accident waiting to happen and she ended up on the same off ramp on the 10 fwy west. crazy
    • John Carter on:
      The CORE reason that California drivers have become (Yes! They were once exemplary drivers!) the worst dang drivers in the country; ATTTITUDE! Many people in California have become extremely selfish, arrogant, rude, and just plain INCONSIDERATE. And it shows clearly in the way they drive. It is a "Me, me, me" attitude that explains why they tailgate and drive as fast as their vehicle will go, with no regard to the safety of themselves or others; they steal the legal right-of-way of as many other drivers that they can; and they will never lower their high-beams, no matter whom they blind! I was born and raised in California, and I used to love it. Now I cannot wait to leave!
    • John Carter on:
      It is the result of the pervasive entitlement attitude that has swept over California (I too am a native)! This selfish and inconsiderate attitude reflects clearly in the driving habits of so many people in California.
    • John Carter on:
      You are absolutely correct! I live here (in Calif) and I completely agree and sympathize with you!
    • John Carter on:
      The article fails to identify the CORE reason that California drivers have become (Yes! They were once exemplary drivers!) the worst dang drivers in the country; ATTTITUDE! Many people in California have become extremely selfish, arrogant, rude, and just plain INCONSIDERATE! And it shows clearly in the way they drive. It is a "Me, me, me" attitude that explains why they tailgate and drive as fast as their vehicle will go, with no regard to the safety of themselves or others; they steal the legal right-of-way of as many other drivers that they can; and they will never lower their high-beams, no matter whom they blind! I was born and raised in California, and I used to love it. Now I cannot wait to leave!
    • Englishman on:
      I'm a Brit and I've been saying this for years, now I find a whole website devoted to the subject. I feel vindicated! Having driven quite a lot of miles on the roads of about 28 US states, the moment you get into California everything changes! Anything goes on the roads there, you have to adopt a completely different style of driving just to accommodate their sheer lunacy! It's probably the stress of living in a sate where everyone likes to think they're a hippy when most of them are just a bunch of wage-slaves on the corporate merry-go-round!
    • Cam on:
      I was born in Washington. WSP. I lived near Shelton. Near their police academy. They use Highland road to practice on speeders. They lowered the speed limit on the road to write tickets. If California is too lenient Washington is too strict. We moved to California. A much better place to live and drive. Washington is full of vindictive drivers. California is not. If you live in California do as the Romans. We adapted it works.

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    I’ve driven in California since 1991. I’ve spent many trips running up and down the state as well as driving in many other states. After all of this driving, I became fed up with how bad California drivers on. I wanted to point out what they do to either help change a few drivers or at least entertain the rest of the world with Californian’s horrible driving.

    I’m located in Orange County in a couple of the richest areas. I see every type of car that is out there in this area. It’s like a car show. Going to a car show isn’t exciting anymore because you see most of the cars driving around anyway. I also work at a place where people buy all the different types of cars. We have Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Lotus, etc. So you can even see a lot of the cars in the work parking lot.

    Disclaimer: You’re on your own with these tips. They are not the official law and in no way represent what you should be doing should a cop pull you over.

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