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Rod and Hook Car Theft

By: Jeff Durham - Updated: 24 Aug 2010 | comments*Discuss
Car Theft Methods Of Car Theft Rod And

Car security devices have come a long way over the past few years since the days when we just had a crook lock on the steering wheel as a deterrent to thieves. Now we have alarms and immobilisers often as standard and even GPS vehicle tracking systems which help to reduce the risk of our cars being stolen.

However, the fact is that car criminals are not going to be deterred that easily and, in order to get around the security issues they face, they have figured out that an alternative approach is needed – one whereby it’s not the car itself that’s the initial target, but the car keys!

Rod and Hook Method

Car thieves have become very observant and have realised that many people tend to leave their car keys on a table in the hallway, hanging up on a wall or placed on a shelf near the front door as it’s easier to remember where they are and more convenient to locate them there when we’re in a rush to, perhaps, get out to work of a morning. Then, having spotted where the keys are kept, the car thief returns in the dead of night and fishes them out silently through the letterbox using a device similar to a fishing rod with a hook on the end.

Other people might not be so naïve as to leave their keys in a visible, easily accessible place but yet still remain vulnerable to this type of crime as they choose to leave their house keys in the lock. In some cases, depending on where the lock is situated, the thief can sometimes fish the keys out of the lock. And, if your car keys are also on the same key ring, then off they go!

Alternatively, now that they have your house keys too, they may return shortly afterwards in the hope that you’ll not get around to changing the lock straight away, leaving your house vulnerable too and not just your car.

It’s not just your letterbox that is vulnerable either. Many people choose to leave windows open at night, especially during the warmer weather, so, even though a criminal might not be able to fit through the window themselves, an open window with easy access to the place where you hang your keys is an open invitation to a criminal with a rod and hook device.

Why Car Thieves Like This Method

The benefits of using this method for the car thief is that there is no need to have to break into the vehicle with the time it takes to do that, no noise or damage is caused and, in having the keys, there is less risk of alarms going off and they can make their getaway quicker. In fact, the first time you might notice something is amiss is probably going to be when you wake up in the morning when the thief and your car have both long departed. There is no damage to the vehicle which means that the police will be less suspicious and, as there’s no damage, the thief is more likely to move the car on and be able to sell it if they’re quick enough.

Use Your Common Sense

Fortunately, however, this is one method of car crime which is easily avoidable and all that it takes is to remove your keys out of sight of a door or window and to keep them inside a drawer or some other place where they can’t be seen but are still easily accessible to you.

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