Interesting Article on How Thieves may be Targeting Us

Interesting Article on How Thieves may be Targeting Us

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    Interesting Article on How Thieves may be Targeting Us

    Basically, if you 'stand out' somehow, you have a higher chance of being robbed:

    Study: Reading 'Maxim' Can Make You A Theft Target : NPR
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    Re: Interesting Article on How Thieves may be Targeting Us

    Interesting... Not conclusive, but interesting.
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    Might be something to this,I take studies and polls with a grain of salt.What if you left a snake,in a jar,under the seat,instead of a magazine? Would they take your change then? Would they think, "this guy is nuts,just want him gone"?
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    Like leaving Cheese for Mice............

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    Wonder what the results would be if you left a holster under the seat or a copy of the latest firearms magazine?

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    Maybe it has less to do with the particular magazine and the particular TYPE of cans, as opposed to the image of someone who may be less attentive to details such as change missing?

    IN other words: If they are too lazy to throw away empty cans and magazines, they might be too lazy to regularly count change or take notice how much is there.

    I'd be more interested if different types of cars, magazines, drivers, bumper stickers,...etc affected potential thieves


    {PS-I've mentioned a lot how I used to work in the auto service/repair industry. I worked management at two quick-lubes, one had a carwash+detail center with it, there was management for the "lube side" and the "wash side",....it was common practice to vacuum lose coins. Employees would take turns cleaning out the vacuum traps, they kept the coins they found. The management of the carwash side saw it as a incentive to clean the super nasty vacuum traps.}
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    I wonder what thieves think of petrified french fries and empty 12 gauge shells.....Oh, and some old taco sauce packs too.
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    Meh... If you stand out, you may be marked...
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    How about when they come across a pistol safe cabled to the seat rails?
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    Leave some dirty tissues on top of the loose change and see if they bother.
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    Quote Originally Posted by atctimmy View Post
    I wonder what thieves think of petrified french fries and empty 12 gauge shells.....Oh, and some old taco sauce packs too.
    Ahh you've seen my truck eh? Well let me tell you, those of us who have those things lying around here and there, wash our own trucks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mprp View Post
    Ahh you've seen my truck eh? Well let me tell you, those of us who have those things lying around here and there, wash our own trucks!
    I am somewhat proud and ashamed to say that my 2003 Nissan Frontier has never been washed (by me, a friend washed it once as a gag.). It only gets mud baths.

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    "In a new paper titled "Getting Hosed," Kinkade and fellow researchers Ronald Burns and Michael Bachmann at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth found that there were certain factors that increased the risk of theft."

    These guys were most likely conducting this vital, worthwhile research on TCU's dime.
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    I prefer to stab my K-Bar into a raw steak a few times and make sure to get it good and bloody. Then, I'll even pour some of the cow blood on my floorboard under my seat. Leave a couple copies of the DVD Se7en on the back seat and a few Barbies with missing heads. Guarantee you'll either not get messed with, or make a friend that works at the car wash who has 'similar' interests.

    In all reality, there is no repeatability with this test the author runs. If he goes to a different car wash each time, the bigger variable is the people working there and management policies. Not what is left on the seat. For a better test, take a different car to the same car wash three or four times on the same day and dress differently each time.

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    Well, it's an NPR article so I immediately expect an elitist, quazi-intellectual slant, delivered in a condescending euro-trash accent. As for the experiment, I wonder what the results would reflect if they had used a fake nun driving a Ford Fairmont station wagon with $1 bills stuck in a copy of The Salvation Army's "War Cry" magazine? Our tax dollars likely funded this vital research.
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