Locking your car

key remoteI received the following e-mail from a girlfriend of mine who is a police officer here in MN:

This email was forwarded to me by my Chief.  It is definitely interesting and good information!

From the Zumbrota Chief of Police Department    

 How to Lock Your Car and Why
I locked my car — as I walked away I heard my car door unlock I went back and locked my car again three times. I looked around and there were two guys sitting in a car in the fire lane next to the store. When I looked straight at them they did not unlock my car again….
How to lock your car safely –
While traveling, my son stopped at a roadside park. He came out to his car less than 4-5 minutes later and found someon e had gotten into his car, and stolen his cell phone, laptop computer, GPS navigator briefcase…..you name it…..
He called the police and since there were no signs of his car being broken into – the police told him that there is a device that robbers are using now to clone your security code when you lock your doors on your car using your key-chain locking device..   

They sit a distance away and watch for their next victim. They know you are going inside of the store, restaurant, or bathroom and have a few minutes to steal and run. The police officer said to manually lock your car door-by hitting the lock button inside the car, that way if there is someone sitting in a parking lot watching for their next victim it will not be you.
When you hit the lock button on your car upon exiting…it does not send the security code, but if you walk away and use the door lock on your key chain – it sends the code through the airwaves where it can be stolen. Something totally new to us…and real.
Be aware of this and please pass this note on…look how many times we all lock our doors with our remote…just to be sure we remembered to lock them….and bingo someone has our code….and whatever was in the car…can be stolen.

Snopes Approved.Please share with everyone you know… Good information!!!    

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12 Responses to Locking your car

  1. SKL says:

    Once again, it is proven that being behind the times is helpful! I’ve never had one of those remotes and have taken a lot of crap for it. I’ll tell all my more hoity-toity friends about this warning.

    • Joy says:

      You know SKL that the vehicle I have now is the first one that came with one of these remote things and I still use the lock on the door to lock it. I use the remote to unlock it but still feel better if I use the one inside the car.

  2. pammy wammy says:


  3. Lucy says:

    That is good to know…although I usually lock my doors manually anyways. I find the beeping sound ennoying.

  4. Paul says:

    That’s really good to know. I will change my ways now.

  5. Thank you! Must be realy careful now.

  6. Definitely good to know! Thank goodness our alarm remote broke ages ago and we’ve had to lock it manually since then :P.

  7. nikki says:

    Good for people to know….we do this anyhow, we don’t have one of those keychain lock things.

  8. Laura says:

    Um…. Sorry to be Letdown Laura, but….

    The e-mail that Sue received, sadly, is untrue and not “snopes approved”.

    I’ve received that e-mail in the past, albeit with different names on it, and did some research, since I travel a LOT, and those rest areas are lifesavers for me. AND I have a remote-keyless-entry truck, AND I am carrying a lot of somewhat valuable crap in that truck.

    The Snopes link is as follows: http://www.snopes.com/autos/techno/lockcode.asp.

    In a nutshell, vehicles made pre-1990 are at a slightly higher risk of this type of entry, but the technology has advanced so far that this is not a risk for vehicles manufactured after that date. For thieves to use this type of robbery scenario, it would require mucho bucks worth of equipment to gather the signals, lots of number-crunching to analyze the data, and the ability to locate the vehicle several days later, once you have the code to break in.

    The most common type of vehicle thievery is “smash & grab” (breaking in), or taking advantage of an unlocked car or an open window.

  9. Joy says:

    I don’t use my remote to lock my car and when I use Paul’s, I still don’t because all his writing is off the remote and I don’t know what button is for what. I just prefer to use the one inside my door.

    True or not, I’d rather be safe. I’m also scared of locking my key’s inside so I hold them in my hand and use the manual one.

  10. Tony says:

    Goodness who’d of thought they could do that. Great info

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