Posted: Dec 7, 2012 6:13 PM by Mitch Bryan
Updated: Dec 7, 2012 6:55 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - While you're inside shopping for the holiday season, thieves are lurking outside the stores, doing the same thing. So, just how easy is it break into a vehicle?
Well, the holiday season is here and while most people are filled with cheer and charity, others are looking to make an easy score while you're inside the store shopping. So, we've come to Top Gun Paint and Body to show you just how easy it is for a burglar to break into your car.
I met Pete Sauceda out in the yard. This body shop manager tells me that he's seen several methods that thieves use to break into vehicles, both of which take no time at all.
"Extremely fast, you could be in within, depending on what you're using, within 3 seconds," Sauceda said.
Pete told me he was willing to show us two of the methods on camera. The first, he says is often used by professional burglars.
"Okay, the first thing I'm going to show you is this bladder technique," Pete said.
With a wedge in place, Pete pumps up the air bladder until the door is cracked open enough to fit this wire through the gap and easily unlock the door in only a minute.
But the second technique is even quicker, and it requires next to no tools at all.
"The other method is actually the one being used right now is the one being used actually by the younger kids. And they just basically walk up with a screwdriver, and actually push the lock cylinder right in like that," he said, opening the door.
But these techniques can't really be that easy right? I had to try one out.
Now, I'll be honest, I've never broken into a car in my life, but I just wanted to take this opportunity to demonstrate just how easy it is for someone like me to break into your vehicle. And the funny thing is, I don't even need one of these. I actually just need on of these.
So even a total amateur can get into your car so don't leave your valuables in plain sight.
"Really, preventive is about the only thing you can do. If somebody wants in your vehicle bad enough, they're getting in," said Sauceda.
In the end, as cliché as it sounds, the safest place for your stuff is in the trunk. And believe it or not, it takes less time to hide your things from sight than it does to actually break into the car in the first place.
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