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Old 07-29-2010, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Eastern Kentucky
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It may be that our simple safety precautions are different from yours. I find that a barking dog and a 12 guage are enough. No trying to remember to lock things or chasing the keys down.
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Old 07-29-2010, 12:09 PM
 
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Car doors unlock? Check
Car keys in the car? Check
Doors unlocked? Check
Rumors that hubby is "nuts", priceless.
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Old 07-29-2010, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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It may be that our simple safety precautions are different from yours. I find that a barking dog and a 12 guage are enough. No trying to remember to lock things or chasing the keys down.
Somehow it doesn't sound simpler to spend several hundred dollars on both dog and gun when there's a perfectly nice passive safety precaution (ie. the locks) already built into the car proper.

Thuogh granted, the dog offers more in the way of interactive companionship than any car short of KITT would.
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Old 07-29-2010, 02:08 PM
 
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In many cases all locks do is give some people something to break...
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Old 07-29-2010, 04:00 PM
 
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In many cases all locks do is give some people something to break...
My momma said, "locks only keep out honest people".
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Old 07-29-2010, 04:06 PM
 
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I wouldn't call the two men who brutally murdered my cousin and her teenage son and daughter ---honest people.

They passed up the first few houses cuz they were locked.
Hers wasn't .
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Old 07-29-2010, 11:02 PM
 
Location: Coos Bay, Oregon
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Do a lot of people in small towns still leave their cars setting outside unlocked, especially at night?
It depends on your definition of "small town". IMHO a town of 40,000 is more of a medium size town (not a city, but a medium size town). Thats a big difference. Because it means that its big enough that not everybody, knows everybody else. And it means that there is a diversity of people, including a small criminal element. So yes you would have to lock your car doors.

OTOH, if this had happened in a REAL small town (i.e., under 5000 population). This video would have never been released, in the first place. Because the local cops would have recognized this girl in like five seconds. And they would have already arrested her. Or possibly they would have just dragged her back to return the stuff to the owner, and made her apologies, and promise never to do it again.

In that case, what would be the reason for you locking your car doors? Nothing is going to get stolen, and if it does, you'll know who did it anyway.
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Old 07-30-2010, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Canada
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I don't lock my doors but I would if I didn't have two German shepherd dogs even though the town we are next to has only about 200 people. I would definitely lock the doors at night if I lived in town. I don't take the keys out of the ignition either on the yard/in the garage but I do take the keys out when I go to the post office. But my vehicle would not be high on the list of in-demand vehicles

When we first moved here, before the German shepherds, but we still had dogs, and we did have two attempts at stealing gas. The dogs woke me up, I flicked on the yard light, and whoever it was left.

There are certain areas around here that have reputations for having break-ins, equipment stolen, even though they are not in a town, but they are isolated enough that you would have to know where you are going in order to steal. It wouldn't be possible to steal randomly so the thieves have to live in the area/s.

The only crimes I've heard of in this town for the last decade, is the post office is vandalized once every couple of years.
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Old 07-30-2010, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I lock all doors even if I am home. I keep my car in the garage. The garage door has an alarm on it so I would know if someone was trying to break in.

Sadly, we are a society now that must take precautions to protect itself.

However, I've always locked the doors. It's the smart thing to do, IMO.
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Old 07-30-2010, 02:07 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I wouldn't call the two men who brutally murdered my cousin and her teenage son and daughter ---honest people.

They passed up the first few houses cuz they were locked.
Hers wasn't .
OMG, marmac. I'm so sorry to hear this.
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