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Old 02-13-2011, 01:31 PM
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I live in a very small, rural community and am freaked out right now because a neighbor's dad had his 2011 stolen last night right from his carport. I'm not sure how difficult it is to steal one of these trucks with the transponder key and all, but I'm worried at this point. I've had vehicles stolen and broken into in the past, and it absolutely sucks. His truck was a plain white Lariat 4x4 gas engine, so he thinks it was stolen because it would be harder to trace something that "plain looking".

My question is what can I do to prevent this or be able to track/know immediately if it moves. I'm not sure if the factory GPS system would be able to be traced somehow a la onstar but I need some piece of mind. What's your opinions?

It's crazy, but I'm even considering odd-ball measures like using my security cable in the bed to tie off to the pilings holding my carport up for some sort of deterrent.
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Lojack would probably be your best bet. Other than that - Parking in a garage? The club?

A lot of times newer vehicles are stolen with a repo-style tow truck.
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Lojacl is not available in my location. That would have been my first choice. All the other tracking devices seem more for just that-not security. And theyre easily removed.

Is there a way to prevent or hinder a repo style truck from getting mine? Something dumb like my idea of tying off to a post? Or would it be better to back in to my carport?
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If they're determined to get your truck, backing in won't stop them. They have those rolling jack thingies to lift the rear wheels if they need to lift your truck by the front. The best would be some sort of GPS anti-theft tracking (like Lojack). Don't know what the other alternatives are.

What about a gate to the carport? Or just try to deter them as much as possible - motion sensor lights, car alarm, etc.

Now, as a FYI, stealing a F-250 with a repo truck is a lot harder than a car, but it can still be done. And they like to do this with higher end newer cars b/c it doesn't draw that much attention and then they can disable everything in closed shop.
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Old 02-13-2011, 06:40 PM
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Video monitoring is usually quite a deterrent.
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For now I'll just go with a motion detector and remote alarm. At least that gives me some kind of peace of mind. I'd like to research more and see different ways to prevent a repo-style truck from picking it up and taking off, though. Something simple that doesnt require monthly fees or huge price tags.

I dont know if the urban myths like turning you wheels completely to one side help prevent towing, but I may try it. Hell, cant hurt. Or even parking at an angle in the carport and pushing one of my bumpers up against a post to where they couldnt reach under with the forks and grab. I'm paranoid now
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I always get full coverage insurance and that gives me a lot of peace of mind. If my truck gets stolen, I know I'll have a new one in a few days....
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Old 02-14-2011, 01:29 PM
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True, but leave it to me to worry more about the extras I've done to the truck
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Motion sensor lights are nice deterrent, if the person is scared of being seen. Something that makes noise is even better. However, if the light is low enough to be reached from the ground...make sure it is a halogen, not something with a screw-in bulb. My car was broken into by the neighbor kid about two years ago, he unscrewed the bulbs from my motion light. Replaced it with a 500watt halogen Havn't had a problem since.
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