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Old 07-06-2012, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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And roosters. No one wants roosters but when you buy chicks, you never know what you will get. The roosters have to be disposed of omehow. An unlocked car makes an ideal location.
Whoa! A loose Rooster or two could deliver quite a mess. All the more reason to lock you car--I'd hate to get in and find that kind of surprise. Zuchinni, si, roosters, no.
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Old 07-07-2012, 01:46 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Well, count me in as one of those that don't lock my doors. I don't even take the keys out of my truck or my 4 wheeler.

However, my guns are in my gun safe, except the loaded one on my nightstand. If there is a noise outside, my dog will let me know. I'm rural enough that from my front porch, I can not see a street light.
Leaving my keys in the car and in the door of the house is the only way I know of how to remember where I put them.

I always have left my keys in the door of the house and never had any night -time visitors (that I know of )

I would like to live in Malta, where they leave their homes unlocked WHEN they are gone ! so folks can come inside for rest and shelter.
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Old 07-07-2012, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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Not locking the car door because you don't want to pay for a window? Really? You must have a junker then, because I've never known anyone with a half-way decent car that would rather file an auto theft report than fill out an insurance claim.
I don't think someone trying to steal a car will worry about breaking a window to gain access.

"Grab and go" theft of merchandise inside a car is much more common that auto theft. Those people aren't going to worry about breaking a window to get into the car, either. Best defense is to not having anything in there worth stealing. And if you leave it unlocked they can open the door and look around without having to damage your car.

I've had my car broken into once. I was in Chicago (Rosemont, actually) at an Aerosmith concert. The car was locked, fortunately it was an older hardtop so the thief was able to pry the window glass out enough to pop the lock without breaking anything. They took a leather jacket and a payroll check out of a girl's purse. From that point on I've put any valuables in the trunk and left the doors unlocked. No problems since (20+ years).

But, yes, I do tend to drive my "junker" when I travel to an area where theft is more common than it is where I live.
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Old 07-07-2012, 06:54 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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I would like to live in Malta, where they leave their homes unlocked WHEN they are gone ! so folks can come inside for rest and shelter.
You mean you should lock the doors when you are out of town? Crap... now I have to go find my house keys. Haven't seen them in 4 or 5 years, but they must be here somewhere .
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Old 07-08-2012, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Nebraska
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And roosters. No one wants roosters but when you buy chicks, you never know what you will get. The roosters have to be disposed of omehow. An unlocked car makes an ideal location.
Hmm? send 'em my way... I hatch my chickens' eggs, keep the hens, feed the roosters for 8 weeks, then butcher and pressure-can the meat.

We moved here 4 years ago, and coming from The Big City, we always lock our doors - still. Our neighbors don't.... they leave their cars with the keys in the ignition, and in the wintertime sometimes leave them running. It works out for them for the most part... sadly, some neighbors left their keys in their ignition in an unlocked but closed garage. They went out one Sunday morning, and opened the garage door - and the car was gone. Two weeks later it was found in a mall parking lot 300 miles away, out of gas. They never found out who 'borrowed' it, and they had to spend money and time to go and get it, fill it with gas, and drive it home.

We don't have a lot to steal, and we trust our neighbors anyway - it's the passersby who see this sort of thing as an open invitation.
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Old 07-29-2012, 03:17 PM
 
Location: Arkansas
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I usually keep my truck doors locked but leave the car doors unlocked (the car is older and I don't drive it often so nothing of value is left inside). I do lock up my house though....my husband travels most of the year and isn't home much so I am aware that this could be obvious to someone if they were watching my house. I keep all windows down and locked, doors locked with dead bolts and bedroom door locked. I also sleep with a pistol on my night stand and a shot gun near the bed as well. I also am sure to bring my dog in at night. This might sound crazy to some but I am a female home alone 95% of the time so I feel I need to be extra careful with my safety.
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Old 08-04-2012, 05:11 PM
 
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I've always locked my vehicle doors and doors at home. The only time I ever had to leave my vehicle unlocked was my van and the only reason I left it unlocked is because the locks on it were messed up - place the key in the lock and then you couldn't turn the key. I finally gave up and just left it unlocked, never had no problems. With the current vehicle I have, I'm back to keeping it locked. I lived in a decent sized city and didn't trust a lot of people but where I currently live, there is very little crime. A few months ago someone broke into a woman's house here and she shot him dead. We have a lot of tourists here so I'm always keeping everything locked. We have around 8,000 people living here, so it's quite a small town.
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