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I was told my someone awhile ago that it is impossible to steal the newer Mustangs as you have to have the computer in the key to start the car. I guess they can tow it away but on the list of most stolen vehicles, the Mustang is never listed! :smile:

http://www.insure.com/auto/thefts/nicb01/index.html
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<font size=-1>[ This Message was edited by: TwoStangWmn on 2001-12-16 01:30 ]</font>
 

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In real life, car are usually stolen for their parts, not because they are desirable to the thief. Look at the list and you will see it is mostly America's best selling cars and trucks (Accord, Camry, Taurus, F-150) or they have been in production so long that there are alot of them around (Cutlass). The next group are cars for export desirable in other countries (Mercedes, BMW, full size SUVs, ect). Our Mustangs are pretty safe in comparison, which is fine by me.
 

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The number one stolen vehicle in Clark County, Nevada, including Las Vegas, Henderson and Mesquite is the Mustang. :evil:

That's why I have both an alarm and LoJack!
 

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The milquetoast ricers need to beware in Houston. Camry and Accord are the 2 at the top of the thieves list here.
 

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I wanted to get a lojack for our new bullitt just in case, but lojack does not cover the midwest so just have to be careful and hope no a*%hole tries to steel #2153.
 

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LoJack...a transponder device with a discrete code for your account/car that can be tracked with a receiver unit...the catch is that your local police need to be equipped with the receivers and able to track LoJack signals...otherwise it's useless. Even better if your local PD has LoJack receivers in their aerial units...amazingly fast recovery times are possible.
 

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On 2001-12-16 17:37, Dennis wrote:
LoJack...a transponder device with a discrete code for your account/car that can be tracked with a receiver unit...the catch is that your local police need to be equipped with the receivers and able to track LoJack signals...otherwise it's useless. Even better if your local PD has LoJack receivers in their aerial units...amazingly fast recovery times are possible.

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Thats what I liked about lojack, but I know the local police would never have the money to spend on a lojack recovery system. Oh well
TB#2153 spends all of its nights in garage when were not driving the bullitt.
 

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I don't worry too much in Mesquite, especially since I have a police cruiser parked in front of my house, but in Vegas, I'm really cautious.

Las Vegas Metro has about 650 squad cars equipped with the Lojck system and they have a superior recovery rate.

At work, I get to park inside the truck yard and some thief would have to get past our security.
 

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I too have a police vehicle parked in the drive while the Bullitt stays indoors.

In the year 2000 we had 3 black Mustang GTs stolen off our lot. We later found them stripped or wrecked. I caught the suspect as he was trying to steal the 4th one. His night did not go so well from that point on.
 

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Theft is very low on the military post I live on, but for now it is in a garage getting painted and will be put in storage till my return for safe keeping.


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That Farmer's posting doesn't have the model year. They're most likely older models without anti-theft devices. F-150s now have Ford's VATS key. It's virtually impossible to steal a car with these devices. You have to have the transmitter key. It's a small transmitter with about 1 million codes that transmits to the computer when the key is in the ignition and the code changes every time you start the car. About the only other way to steal it is by towing it. If you're worried about that just turn the wheels in towards the curb each time you park. An alarm's basically a waste of money unless you want one that goes off if some touches the vehicle. Lo-Jac's ok if your still worried about getting car jacked or a valet running off with your vehicle but I'm not fretting. These factory security devices are the reason car jackings are on the rise. It's the only way you can steal the vehicle.
 

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It's the P.A.T.'s system and you need two keys or a computer to make a key to start the car knowing the VIN omly helps you with the key blank. So the only way would be to steel the key or tow it away. I'll tell what I did find I tried my company van (chevy) key in someone elses van and I can open the door but It wouldn't work in the ignition. This seems to be a common problem with GM's.
 

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Not in the top 10 in Chicagoland... The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) puts out a yearly update for most major markets of the top 10 cars stolen in that market. You can see the numbers for 2000 here: http://www.nicb.org/services/top_stolen_cars2.html

What's interesting is how different different some markets are, which makes it appear more of "what's in style" as opposed to what can be exported. For example, the Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee is the most stolen vehicle in Detroit, while that car doesn't even make the top 10 in Cleveland--only 150 miles away...

Also, when I was buying insurance thru State Farm, they don't offer a LoJack discount (at least in Chicagoland). They only offer an anti-theft discount. Their logic is that LoJack doesn't prevent a car from getting stolen, it only aids recovery. Unfortunately, they feel way too few police agencies have LoJack to even bother offering a discount.
 

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There is a guy in town who has a 98-99? Mustang GT convertible that has been sitting in his front lawn for almost a year. Still has dealer plates on it and someone stole the tail lights. The car has never been moved (as far as I can tell). Man what a waste of a car!
 

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according to the national insurance crime bureau link post a couple back, the Mustang is only on the CA and TX lists.

Speaking of thefts, I was leaving my apartment complex this morning and couldn't help but notice a super riced civic without any wheels.. and sitting on the hubs! Made me kinda laugh :-B and wonder if the factory "locking" lugs are enough or do the bad guys have a key just like we do?

I pay extra for a garage at my apartment and also have a garage at the office with security but I would really hate to leave the movies one night and find my bullitt sitting on those pretty red calipers and rotors!
 

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One of the first things I did was buy another set of wheel locks to complement the factory ones. (Two different locks per wheel). I made sure there were easier pickins--and I at the time was parked in an unsecured (but covered) parking lot in my apartment building here in the city...
 
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