Breaking into Cars on the Rise?

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Over the past couple of weeks I’ve received a few emails about folks who have gotten the cars broken into. And when I was walking down 11th St near Irving St. I came across this unfortunate scene. This is a car from someone who was visiting from Connecticut. I asked the owner if anything was stolen and an ipod and satellite radio were taken. So this sucks. But my suggestion would be: when you park your car don’t leave anything, I mean anything that can even be perceived as having value in your car. If you leave an old Billy Idol cd in view that might be enough to get your window smashed.

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  • Yep, this has got to be one of DC’s favorite past times. Cars with out of state tags are only slightly greater targets since in the rare event the criminal is caught & charged, the likelihood of the victim returning to DC to testify is slim.

    There’s only one rule to this game in DC: nothing visible in your car EVER. Your car needs to look as empty as the day it rolled out of the showroom. That means no cables, wires, gps or ipod mounts/brackets etc. No change in the ashtray, no empty cigarette boxes on the floor, no CD’s on the visor, no maps behind the seats. This has worked for me for almost 20 years in Adams Morgan/Shaw/Columbia Heights, meanwhile many of my neighbors & friends have had cars broken into at some point.

  • Been seeing evidence downtown, even. Non-residential block. Mass Ave near 13th Street NW, two cars got hit within yards of each other. Somebody needs a new hobby.

  • Ditto to what Ontarioroader said- I thought I was being “smart” by taking my GPS out of the car at night, but didn’t think to take it’s mounting bracket and cables out too. I now realize that the mounting bracket is like a beacon saying “Hey- break in to this car, there might be cool stuff in the glove box!”

  • Even the rings left by the suction cups tell would-be thieves that there are small, valuable electronics in the car. My neighbor’s car was broken into for the GPS (which was in his glove box).

  • someone broke into my roommate’s car, in our spot behind the house, and stole only his corduroy blazer. there was actually a pile of clothes in the back seat, but only the blazer is missing.

    it was a pretty cold night, so i guess that’s what you get…. but if anyone sees a homeless man walking around dressed like a college professor (i mean, seriously– there were elbow patches), let me know. thanks.

  • I got my window smashed near 16th and U for a Polaroid camera. How much do you think he got for that at the pawn shop? $1.24??

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