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Old 07-15-2020, 08:27 AM
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Lately we've had a lot of vehicles either stolen or broken into in my area. The break ins are usually because of car doors being unlocked. I went back and looked at the video of my driveway and I have on tape multiple times where they check the door handles and runoff. My property is well armed but I'm unsure of how to handle this. I know I can confront them, but I don't believe the outcome would be good for either of us. In fact i don't know what the law is and what rights I have in this situation. I've called the local police, and its unlikely they would expend much manpower to address this. I'm at a loss on what to do. Has anyone ever faced this same situation and successfully handled it?
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Grand theft auto is not something LE should ignore.
Old 07-15-2020, 08:36 AM
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Lately we've had a lot of vehicles either stolen or broken into in my area. The break ins are usually because of car doors being unlocked. I went back and looked at the video of my driveway and I have on tape multiple times where they check the door handles and runoff. My property is well armed but I'm unsure of how to handle this. I know I can confront them, but I don't believe the outcome would be good for either of us. In fact i don't know what the law is and what rights I have in this situation. I've called the local police, and its unlikely they would expend much manpower to address this. I'm at a loss on what to do. Has anyone ever faced this same situation and successfully handled it?
Lock your doors and forget about it. Unless you live in a gated neighborhood, most vehicle owners would probably be shocked at how many degenerates, transients, druggies, etc walk through their neighborhoods checking door handles to score a couple bucks out of the cup holder.

Add some motion sensor lights to your driveway if you want a scare tactic.
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I chased some teenage punks down the street one night (early morning) when I caught them checking the doors on a car in our drive-way. It's amazing how fast those punks can run when they're being chased by a crazed screaming fat dude in his tighty-whities and a wife beater shirt at 2AM. I saw they got into a dark blue Nissan Maxima parked around the corner. It turned out they were "friends" of one of the teenage kids in the neighborhood. Suffice to say we never saw those guys in our neighborhood ever again.
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I'm partial to the flame thrower car alarms.
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I'd add a motion sensor light and maybe with the light your camera can ID the kids. I bet most of these are kids in the neighborhood.
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We have went through this a few times in my neighborhood and it always clears up pretty fast on it's own. But only If people keep their cars locked! I have went out to confront only to have them run away each time (which is great). I then call the law and give them a copy of my home security video. They have caught one but they always investigate and follow up. Even return my thumb drives with the video.

Now if they charge me I will back away keeping my distance as nothing in my cars is worth harming anyone over. The down side is I will only back so far until action is required, then it's decision time. I'm very glad that day has never come!

I am comfortable with my actions and only you can decide what your comfortable with.
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You guys need to a better neighborhood, or town. I haven't locked my vehicle doors in decades, except when traveling out of town and parking overnight, or have something very valuable inside. No problems that I know of.
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Stick a piece of tape on your door handles, and then a little dab of "Never Seize" on the tape................Just don't forget to take the tape off in the morning!
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Place some glue-type rat catcher cards on the driveway next to the door, cover with a pepper that is unique (health food store) for easy ID. Place cameras at ground level to see what shoes step on the stuff, take video to cops.

Anything harmful and you better hope the kids are WASPs.
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Originally Posted by Onewolf View Post
I chased some teenage punks down the street one night (early morning) when I caught them checking the doors on a car in our drive-way. It's amazing how fast those punks can run when they're being chased by a crazed screaming fat dude in his tighty-whities and a wife beater shirt at 2AM. I saw they got into a dark blue Nissan Maxima parked around the corner. It turned out they were "friends" of one of the teenage kids in the neighborhood. Suffice to say we never saw those guys in our neighborhood ever again.
This would scare me straight also!
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Do you know who the kids are based on your video evidence?

Did you provide a copy to the police?

If there's been a "rash" of vehicle burglaries, police will want to know, and see the video. In Florida, each "attempt" is a crime, ie: Suspect steps onto your property to pull the car door handle, which is locked. Charge is attempted burglary of a conveyance and a lesser included charge of trespass (possibly plead down to to the lesser charge).

If the "kids" aren't held accountable, they're emboldened. Tell police you want to press charges and file a report. Too many people just let it go as "kids will be kids". Meanwhile, they've gotten into 50 cars taking everything from golf clubs to cup holder change.
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It's common everywhere and they usually only bother unlocked vehicles.
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Dummies didn't even steal my Costa's
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You guys need to a better neighborhood, or town. I haven't locked my vehicle doors in decades, except when traveling out of town and parking overnight, or have something very valuable inside. No problems that I know of.
You must not live anywhere near the ocean. Population density at the coast means there is always some piece of garbage trying to take from you. We are in the "safest" city in Florida and my wife had her window smashed and her purse stolen in broad daylight in a family neighborhood park with people all around. They drive in from half an hour to multiple hours away and spend the night just going to car after car. There are semi local homeless that also go looking for change too. Problem is when people leave guns in the car.

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Dummies didn't even steal my Costa's
Sorry Kyle, no one wants your white Costas.
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Y’all need a couple of dogs. They’ll take care of them. I have bird dogs that let me know if anyone is in the yard but I recommend bandogs if you’ve got a problem you need to take care of.
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Put tanglefoot all over the door handles. That will teach em.
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I would put motion sprinklers around the cars, several of them and a video camera, dont forget the camera.

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Park in the garage?
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I prefer unbaited, loaded rat traps on the driveway by the car doors. They don't see them in the dark.

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