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Do you leave your car locked or unlocked when parking in city?

Microsoft trollExp
Mar 12

For those who live in SF or Seattle, do you leave ur car locked or unlocked when parking in the city? I heard it's better to have it unlocked so that thieves can enter your car without smashing your window unless you have a bullet proof car. Since cities now tolerate and don't prosecute car break ins, I don't see any point of locking my car. Tolerating thieves wondering inside your car is probably cheaper than spending hundreds of bucks replacing car windows.

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  • New / MgmtVSwf01
    I lock my car when I park in my own garage with the garage doors locked.
    Mar 121
    • Lockheed Martin QnNB87
      I do also.
      Mar 12
  • Tableau Zero Cool
    If you leave it unlocked you'll find a homeless guy living inside
    Mar 124
    • Microsoft trollExp
      OP
      It's better than finding homeless guy living inside with broken windows
      Mar 12
    • Intel / EngDonaldDD's
      Yes, but it will take 6 months to legally evict.

      By that time, chip crumbs will cover the floorboards and fig newtons will be stuffed inside the seat belt receptacles. And never bring a black light inside either
      Mar 12
    • Synopsys bcvB56
      People may not move in, just use it as a toilet.
      Mar 12
    • BlackRock EwAS46
      No joke, this happened to a friend of mine in Seattle. He had to call the cops the kick the guy out of the car.
      Mar 12
  • Intel / EngDonaldDD's
    I would rather a thief smash the window and get cut so badly they go to the hospital.

    That, or give them infinite time to hot-wire your car.
    Mar 124
    • Microsoft trollExp
      OP
      But it's also likely you'll also get cut by cleaning up the window fragments on your car seats. Also most modern cars have chip in ignition and is impossible to hot wire
      Mar 12
    • Pinterest lolthisguy
      When my window got smashed I used this thing called a vacuum, very handy
      Mar 12
    • Intel / EngDonaldDD's
      Then by all means you shouldn't lock your house either - glass will be on your floor. /s

      Things happen in life, but it's not a reason to readily allow yourself to be robbed. The thief doesn't have a lot of time, you however have more time to be careful. Call the police first. Then have a towel or jacket in your car to sit on and immediately go to a vacuum at a gas station
      Mar 12
    • Intel / EngDonaldDD's
      Tiny chunks - absolutely. Larger chunks you should be using a cotton hand towel or thick fabric material
      Mar 12
  • NASDAQ / Engwundeebar
    In Montreal it’s illegal to not lock your car if parked on the street. Got a ticket for that once.
    Mar 121
    • Intel / EngDonaldDD's
      Annoying AF, but a government that is truly cracking down on crime
      Mar 12
  • Google beefjezos
    I don't live in shitholes
    Mar 122
    • Microsoft trollExp
      OP
      But you will visit it once in a while. You'll have to park your car there once you are there
      Mar 12
    • Google beefjezos
      Then I try to vacate my car as much as possible and keep it locked
      Mar 12
  • OpenTable Meliodas
    Leaving you car unlocked sounds like a great way for it to be vandalized or shit in.

    There are more use cases to worry about than theft.
    Mar 120
  • Edelman dvhJ60
    It’s not a matter of locking the car or not, it’s what you leave inside. Keep the car completely cleaned out — I’ve heard of a window getting smashed out for a 12 pack of Diet Coke.
    Mar 121
    • Microsoft trollExp
      OP
      Even if you keep your car completely empty, theives will also smash your window to checkout your trunk
      Mar 12
  • Tableau / Engstthompson
    Who on Blind has a bullet proof car?
    Mar 122
    • Microsoft trollExp
      OP
      It costs about $1000 to convert your windows to laminated glass, which is smash proof. If you car windows get smashed 3 times, then it breaks even. Then only concern is you won't be able to break the window yourself in case of car accident.
      Mar 12
    • LinkedIn HEix72
      Can you do that in a bodyshop?
      Mar 13
  • Lockheed Martin QnNB87
    The only reason to not lock your car, is if your windows keep getting broken during a theft.
    Mar 120

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