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  • pyro2
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    Originally posted by fun4now View Post
    lars66 Quote:
    Originally Posted by MAC702
    Here's one vote to say we should get the long story now...

    Two votes for the long story.


    I'll third that.
    Well, it's not really that long of a story... i purchased some color cameras, installed them outside, one by the door, one facing the pk lot. The cops said he probably would not return, however, criminals being dumb, he came back the following weekend. I came in to check the new cameras with my son and lo and behold, there he was loading his truck on camera i called the local PD and they came down to watch the video... they said they couldn't make out the plate good enough to track him down, about two months later, after showning everyone i know the pictures of his truck, one of my freinds called and said he saw the guy on the hiway, he gave me the plate # and i called the police once again, they ran the plate and track him down, issued a warrent, made the arrest... when they questioned him he tryed to say he'd never been to my town, then they showed him some pics... and he confessed. Faced with jail time at his age of 70 yrs. old, he pleaded to pay restitution in luie of jail, the judge settled on 50% of replacement cost... i got paid... now he got a lawyer who says he was wronged by having to pay more than what he got for scrap price???... i say too F-ing bad for him, but it's up to the legal system....


    thats the long version

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  • cruizer
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    Looking at the door latches on the 2009 trucks, I see they no longer use keys to unlatch the doors. The Lariats and Kings have only the #'d keypads However the other models are not using the keyed door lock any more. Hmmmm. maybe there was a problem.

    Pretty easy for anyone to replace thiers though, took 20 minutes to do my Lariet

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  • fun4now
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    Too bad a guy couldn't hook up an electric fence charger to the outside of the truck

    yea, except in 240V

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  • FormerTankSarge
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    Too bad a guy couldn't hook up an electric fence charger to the outside of the truck...

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  • fun4now
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    lars66 Quote:
    Originally Posted by MAC702
    Here's one vote to say we should get the long story now...

    Two votes for the long story.


    I'll third that.

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  • lars66
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    Originally posted by MAC702 View Post
    Here's one vote to say we should get the long story now...
    Two votes for the long story.

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  • Fishy Jim
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    Cruizer, just install a remote hot lug off the battery. If your batteries die, you can just get jumped or hook a charger to it and you're back inside.

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  • cruizer
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    Originally posted by Flyingpig View Post
    I dont understand how you replaced your door latches. Do have a pic or two?

    I'll post pics later, however mine is a crew cab, the back door latches are not keyed and installed in the same way as the drivers and passenger latches so I ordered and installed a set as well as removed the hard ware hanger that used to lock and unlock the old set with a key. Doesn't look like you can slimjim a ford truck with automatic locks. So if my batterys go dead I'm hooped getting into the truck.

    Since the locks themselves are in a plastic retainer, all it takes for a thief is to take a screw driver and give it a quick turn to break the plastic holder and open the door. they popped my hood, quickly disabled the alarm siren and went at it on my ignition switch. My starter kill engaged, they routed around for stuff to steal and left.

    $200 bucks later, I had a new ignition and a set of keyless door latches

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  • fjk
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    Glad they didn't succeed.

    As the economies turn down, we'll have more and more of this.
    Just a few weeks ago, someone went around to all the
    unlocked cars in my neighborhood and cleaned them out
    of loose change, GPS's, etc. They were very nice, they
    didn't break into any cars or do any damage -- but
    if it wasn't nailed down, it was theirs...

    Frank

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  • fun4now
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    really glad you still have the truck. looks like the system payed for its self after all, never have to wonder if it was worth it now.

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  • MAC702
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    Originally posted by pyro2 View Post
    ...... long story short, he came back and i bagged him, now he's trying to say that he's the victim, because he had to pay restitution......
    Here's one vote to say we should get the long story now...

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  • Flyingpig
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    I dont understand how you replaced your door latches. Do have a pic or two?

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  • Bodybagger
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    Originally posted by Bodybagger View Post

    ...Vehicles

    people are watching you and they want to steal your truck! All they need is for you to take your eyes off it...

    ...Use a remote fuel shut off or a remote control battery shutoff. These countermeasures won't stop them, especially if they tow it... but if they are trying to boost it, it just makes it take longer and increases the chances that they will get caught in the act...
    It's getting cold and theives are getting pretty bold. I'm glad to hear your stuff didn't get ripped off.

    I would have been happier, though, if you caught the dirtbag in the act and administered the punishment for theft as prescribed by Sharia law.

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  • turboglenn
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    An extra relay run off a switch to kill the power to the fuel pump is also another helpfull and hide-able way to slow them down too.

    Most all of my cars have some weird security that i've built where you must turn something on to get starter power or a hidden switch that kills a relay that i added to the fuel pump system.

    this won't stop a tow truck, but it will slow down your average car thief enough to usually frustrate them out of taking your ride.

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  • pyro2
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    Man... thats stinks, glad they failed, i often worry about my cables being grabbed, we had a run of thefts here, people were breaking in to houses and cutting out the copper pipes for scrap! I had some guy steal 2,200lbs of new aluminum from my shop... i bought cameras the next day... long story short, he came back and i bagged him, now he's trying to say that he's the victim, because he had to pay restitution... makes no sense!

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