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Old 03-24-06, 04:43 PM
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Do you lock your car doors when you're home?

My wife swears by locking the doors at all times. I'm not as good about it. I park in the driveway in front of my suburbia home. This morning, when I drove, I noticed that my trunk was opened. It looked closed, but as I started to drive it bounced open and the light on the dash turned on. I didn't recall getting anything out of it the night before. There is a pushbutton under my front seat that triggers the trunk (when you pull it) and the gascap door (when you push it).

When I pulled over to close the trunk, I see that the gascap door was also popped open. Now, I had gotten gas on Wednesday, and was still at 3/4 tank, so if someone broke in to siphon gas, they didn't take much. And I don't think anything was taken from the trunk (mostly I have stuff that needs to go to Goodwill in the car ).

Luckily, I brought my satellite radio unit into the house last night, if they were looking for something "valuable". My loose change was still in my little bin.

My wife would lock the car door if she was parked inside our garage.

Anyway, do you lock your car doors?
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Uhm, I bet you want to know where I live too. No way, buddy!!!

We leave ours unlocked when garaged, locked when not.
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I lock my car doors, even when the car is inside the garage, out of habit.
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Originally Posted by Bushdog
Uhm, I bet you want to know where I live too. No way, buddy!!!
Crap.... This is going to go as well as my "What are your vacation plans?" thread.
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I am a woman living by herself for most of the last 20-plus years now. I am totally and completely paranoid, a state which has been justified by the fact that my apartment was burglarized on March 13; about 12 years ago I had my car stereo stolen; and about 16 years ago I was robbed at gunpoint while working in a retail shop.

I lock my car doors the minute I get out of the car. I also lock them after I get in, although there is an automatic-lock feature that locks the doors after you take the car out of parking gear anyway.

I lock the doors no matter where I am parked, no matter how short a time I am going to be away from the car, and no matter who tells me "oh, don't bother. This is a good neighborhood."

EDITED TO ADD that especially since most newer cars have the remote-entry thingamabobby on the keyring, there's really no excuse for not locking your car doors. Even if you're halfway into the store and forget, you can still point and click.

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Originally Posted by Bushdog
We leave ours unlocked when garaged, locked when not.
Ditto.
Old 03-24-06, 04:55 PM
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I don't have a garage, so must park in from of my house (a townhome). You bet yur ass I lock my doors.
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Locked up all the time - becomes habit once you've lived in a big city.
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I always lock them.
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Car is locked with alarm on in the garage. Well that's all done by one button anyway. if I forget something and pull back into the driveway to go inside and get it, car gets locked.

And I live in a very nice suburb. But it only takes a minute for someone to open your car and grab your bag, CD's, laptop, etc. Don't create a crime of opportunity.

If I lived in a shack surrounded by nothing for 50 miles, I'd still lock the doors. What harm comes from it?
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Locked all the time.
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Unlocked if in the garage. Locked if going to be out overnight on the driveway. Unlocked on the driveway if it's only going to be sitting there a while.
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I do most of the time.
Old 03-24-06, 05:14 PM
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Locked and clubbed like a fur seal.
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Not usually where I live now. It isn't necessary. Always where I used to live. Even then, my car got stolen.
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I grew up with an LA detective as a father, so yes, I lock my home even when I'm inside it and I lock my cars when I'm at home, whether they're in the garage (which right now they can't fit in the damn garage because there's so much shit in there) or not. I even lock the glass screen door in case some psycho claiming to be some sort of solicitor comes to the door and tries to get me or my kids. Hey, it's been known to happen! In my eyes, you can't be too safe.
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Originally Posted by Bushdog
We leave ours unlocked when garaged, locked when not.
Same. Otherwise one morning i'd go outside and it would LOOK like nothing is wrong with the car but as soon as a I turn the ignition key.. BOOM!!! I've seen it happen too many times! (on tv).
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I keep all but the front driver's side door locked. I'd lock that but the key is a bit fussy.
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Always lock mine. Then again, I park it on a fairly busy street (no driveway for me).
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I usually lock mine. Except when I forget.
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Originally Posted by Y2K Falcon

Anyway, do you lock your car doors?
When I'm home? No

Overnight? Sometimes
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what good reason could there be to not lock them whenever you are or arent in the car.

leave it unlocked and someone could be waiting in there for you or just easily get in and take stuff out.
also to prevent any knucklehead who just wants to mess up the inside of the car.

locked when in the car ALWAYS so no one can walk up to you and open the door and get in or pull you out.
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I do and usually lock Mrs. Pusser's when I arrive home from work. For some reason she'll lock them when she's going to be using the car in an hour or two but overnight she does not.
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Yes, it's a must in my city.

A little over a year ago I was dropping my daughter off to my mom's house before work. I was really late and rushing. I leave my purse on the seat and literally run my child in the house and run down the basement stairs to put a load in the wash. The entire incident took at the most 3-4 minutes.

I have the remote car lock and I always lock it, but since I was in a hurry I must not have hit the button twice (which locks all the other doors besides the driver's).

Needless to say, by the time I got back to the car my purse and cell phone were gone. You either lock your doors here or get stuff stolen OR risk home invasion (which happened to a friend of mine last week..she left her door open for the plumber to go outside and get more tools and got robbed).

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