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Thread: HOW TO LOCK YOUR CAR DOOR AND WHY

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    Subject: How to Lock Your Car and Why

    FYI
    How to Lock Your Car and Why Not a Joke!

    I locked my car. As I walked away I heard my car door unlock. I went back and locked my car again three times. Each time, as soon as I started to walk away, I would hear it unlock again!! Naturally alarmed, I looked around and there were two guys sitting in a car in the fire lane next to the store. They were obviously watching me intently, and there was no doubt they were somehow involved in this very weird situation. I quickly chucked the errand I was on, jumped in my car and sped away. I went straight to the police station , told them what had happened, and found out I was part of a new, and very successful, scheme being used to gain entry into cars . Two weeks later, my friend's son had a similar happening..


    While traveling, my friend's son stopped at a roadside rest to use the bathroom. When he came out to his car less than 4-5 minutes later, someone 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 he had been a victim of the latest robbery tactic -- 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 that they now 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 instantly stolen.
    This is very real.

    Be wisely aware of what you just read 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 our car.

    Snopes Approved --Please share with everyone you know

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    thanks for the heads up

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    Great advice!

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    Frightening. Thanks for the warning. Too bad these lowlifes don't use technology for something good instead of stealing.
    I wonder if they can cruise past houses as people open or close their garage door with the openers and get that code too?

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    I have heard of this before. Thanks for the riminder.
    Also, if you ever lock your keys in the car and you have a remote control at home; you're in luck. Just call home on your cell phone and have your spouse hit the unlock on the remote, and your car will unlock. I have tried it and it works!

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    Thanks so much for the info. I have sent it to everyone on my list.

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    Once again, Snopes.com has a different take - interesting read

    http://www.snopes.com/autos/techno/lockcode.asp

    apparently not as easy to do as it used to be, technology has advanced and your car is much safer now.

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    Nothing is scared anymore. I am not surprised by this at all. I so appreciate the heads up,
    JulieM

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    Thanks for the warning!

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    Thanks for the warning!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sassycat2sew

    Snopes Approved --Please share with everyone you know
    Heh. Apparently chain mail generators have caught on that we check the facts.

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    Read on in snopes. This is far too technical for any thief to be successful at. If you are really still concerned use the lock on the door. My dumb remote only works when I'm standing beside it anyway.:)

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    Don't just accept "Snopes approved" - check it for yourself at Snopes.com. They say it used to be feasible, but is no longer feasible as modern key remotes generate a different code each time you press the button, so no one can capture "your" code and use it again.

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    And while I am on a rant, how many times have you been woken up by a neighbor's car horn tooting when they use the remote to lock or unlock? You can program them to NOT blow the horn, but to flash the lights or simply do nothing. I am always standing next to the car when I lock, so I can hear the click as the locks lock. I see no need to add to noise pollution and annoy people. Thank you, stepping off my soapbox now...

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    Thanks for sharing this, but I don't have to worry about it, we don't have a car new enough for the electronic key locks.

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    How scary!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sassycat2sew
    Subject: How to Lock Your Car and Why

    FYI
    How to Lock Your Car and Why Not a Joke!

    I locked my car. As I walked away I heard my car door unlock. I went back and locked my car again three times. Each time, as soon as I started to walk away, I would hear it unlock again!! Naturally alarmed, I looked around and there were two guys sitting in a car in the fire lane next to the store. They were obviously watching me intently, and there was no doubt they were somehow involved in this very weird situation. I quickly chucked the errand I was on, jumped in my car and sped away. I went straight to the police station , told them what had happened, and found out I was part of a new, and very successful, scheme being used to gain entry into cars . Two weeks later, my friend's son had a similar happening..


    While traveling, my friend's son stopped at a roadside rest to use the bathroom. When he came out to his car less than 4-5 minutes later, someone 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 he had been a victim of the latest robbery tactic -- 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 that they now 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 instantly stolen.
    This is very real.

    Be wisely aware of what you just read 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 our car.

    Snopes Approved --Please share with everyone you know
    If your lucky! Some car keytags reset codes each time its set/locked. My hubby just said ours does on our 93' Saturn Vue. 8-)

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    OK>>>MY BIG question here is when locking our car doors by hand...HOW DOES this engage the alarm system ??

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    I had heard this before. Thanks for the reminder!!

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    Wow! what next? I always lock mine manually cuz for some strange reason my driver door only locks that way. This is great to know tho. Thanks!

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    Just a reminder 'Snopes' is not always correct with their info.

    Always lock your car, beware who nearby.

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    Oh, gee thanks for the heads up. Gotta read it on snopes. More better living through technology or is that just me.

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    Just call home on your cell phone and have your spouse hit the unlock on the remote, and your car will unlock. I have tried it and it works![/quote]
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    Sometimes it doesn't work, sometimes it does. My brother tried it with his car and it didn't work, even though his wife had the same keys. Other friends say it does work for them, you should try it to make sure, just in case.

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    Oh man my husband ex police always thought he was crazy to manually lock the car. I have locked one too many kids and keys so I guess to protect me and my car I will now manually lock the car. thank you for posting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptquilts
    Once again, Snopes.com has a different take - interesting read

    http://www.snopes.com/autos/techno/lockcode.asp

    apparently not as easy to do as it used to be, technology has advanced and your car is much safer now.
    As with everything on the internet, take it with a grain of salt, and sometimes the whole salt shaker!

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