to wonder why my car has been broken into 3 times in 2 months

(48 Posts)
babybarrister Mon 20-Jan-14 11:57:41

there is nothing of value in it and what there was they left including:

a 4 year old satnav - left twice!

collection of CDs [to my embarrassment including Huey Lewis & the NEws] - no surprise that they left Huey .....

the window is never broken so I guess they must be using some electronic device to pop the locks

now it is just irritating - anyone have any advice?!

Madlizzy Mon 20-Jan-14 11:58:29

An alarm?

topknob Mon 20-Jan-14 11:59:38

What car is it?

ISeeYouShiverWithAntici Mon 20-Jan-14 12:00:38

Daft question, but how do you know it is broken into as opposed to, say, you forgetting to lock it?

Mintyy Mon 20-Jan-14 12:01:18

yanbu to wonder.

AngelaDaviesHair Mon 20-Jan-14 12:01:38

This has happened to us. They did steal my precious bag of butter mints from a retro sweet shop we found on holiday though. I was very cross about that.

I have no practical advice, except perhaps a big note left on the dashboard saying 'No, there still isn't anything interesting in here'?

MeepMeepVrooooom Mon 20-Jan-14 12:02:03

Does it not have an alarm? Also have you reported it to the police? Also do you know if any of your neighours have had the same problem?

MissMilbanke Mon 20-Jan-14 12:02:44

could it be another car nearby which operates on a similar frequency (or is this an urban myth)

SuzanneUK Mon 20-Jan-14 12:03:22

It's happening because you live and/or park in an area where thefts from motor vehicles are seen by the local riff-raff as a handy way to make a few bob on the side.

I'm interested in the idea of hi-tech lock-popping gadgetry. Can it really be true?

What sort of car do you have?

FunkyBoldRibena Mon 20-Jan-14 12:10:49

What makes you think it's been broken into?

Juno77 Mon 20-Jan-14 12:12:43

Yeah, how do you know?

LBDD Mon 20-Jan-14 12:17:00

Many years ago I had a car that was broken into on an almost weekly basis. It didn't have an alarm and they used to use a wire coat hanger to open the window somehow according to the local police.
I would come down and usually find a couple if empty drinks cans and a few cigarette butts in or around the car. The police reckoned it was local kids using it for somewhere warm to sit on a cold night (don't wNt to think what else they might have done on it).
It was never really damaged though, just annoying and after a few months it stopped.

CrohnicallySick Mon 20-Jan-14 12:48:06

Do you have a small child/baby? Only I do, and she's always trying to get the car keys and has accidentally unlocked the car before. Is that a possibility?

OddFodd Mon 20-Jan-14 12:52:23

I used to live on a fairly rough council estate in London and had an elderly car which was v easy to break into. Some kid told me once that the local kids used to sit inside it and smokes spliff in the evenings - not least because you could roll down the windows manually and there was no interior light.

Is there any damage babyb?

Sallyingforth Mon 20-Jan-14 12:53:00

Nothing taken, nothing damaged, so it hasn't been broken into at all!
More likely the lock doesn't work properly, or you've just forgotten to lock it.
But YABU to leave the satnav in the car, that's just asking for trouble.

DeWe Mon 20-Jan-14 13:35:47

I once pressed the open button in a large car park and was surprised to see it opened another car. Didn't know whether to let the people know or not.

If nothing is taken, is it possible a neighbour's key opens it and that's what's happening.

Or even that you're not locking it properly. Dh twice managed to leave the car overnight with one of the doors wide open. Nothing was touched either time.

Grennie Mon 20-Jan-14 13:38:44

Had this happen, they are looking for hidden valuables. They stole a can of coke from my car - they must have been thirsty!

Fudgeface123 Mon 20-Jan-14 13:39:03

So what exactly makes you think it's been broken into if there's no damage and nothing taken?!

If it was being broken into and they are taking things well I'd guess it's because you are leaving them on show

JanePurdy Mon 20-Jan-14 14:05:26

I'm just marking my place because I want to know how you know it's been broken in to!

gordyslovesheep Mon 20-Jan-14 14:11:26

maybe it's just unlocking? I had a Focus with electric windows that would go down in the night - especially when it rained, which was nice

MunchMunch Mon 20-Jan-14 14:23:50

Sil once went back to her car (quashqi) with my ds and dd, pressed the button to unlock it, went get dd and ds in their car seats and noticed the seats weren't there instead other stuff was on the car seat then she realised it wasn't even her car! She's not sure if her key fob unlocked the door or the other owner had left the door unlocked.

Could someone else have unlocked it by accident? I'd also like to know why you think it's been broken into though.

oscarwilde Mon 20-Jan-14 14:25:08

My DH kept his car keys on his house key ring and more often than not managed to open the car door when simply taking them in and ou tof a coat pocket.
BMW's have a known fault (prev 2009 models I think).
It's also a modus operandi for car thieves to crack your lock electronically one night, then come back again with a new key to test it, third time they will nick the car. Only applies to highly sought after models stolen to order though
If you have a fairly ancient car then it is probably local teens practicing their "skills"

Frozennortherner Mon 20-Jan-14 14:56:14

I used to occasionally exit our flat and go and sit in the car with the cat when dh supervised open house viewing during the time we were trying to sell it.

One Sunday, I did the usual thing... cat under one arm, flask of tea and Sunday papers under the other, opened the car and me and cat settled down comfortably to look at the past week's news. It took 10 minutes until I realised we were supping tea and choccy biccies in someone else's car! Both were oldish Nissan Micras; both green and both opened with my car keys!

BrianTheMole Mon 20-Jan-14 15:02:26

frozen grin

HenriettaPie Mon 20-Jan-14 15:14:14

How do you know it's been broken into?

LittleBearPad Mon 20-Jan-14 15:24:58

If nothing's been taken how do you know it isn't the lock not working properly.

babybarrister Mon 20-Jan-14 18:56:59

Audi. Yes definitely broken into as back door open (when DS had not been incar) or CDs all over seats etc

ShatnersBassoon Mon 20-Jan-14 19:02:05

Ooh, sounds like the start of a BBC spy drama. Are you involved in anything controversial at work? grin

ISeeYouShiverWithAntici Mon 20-Jan-14 19:09:21

Someone using it as a cosy place to shag? grin

babybarrister Mon 20-Jan-14 19:37:30

I am not involved in anything contraversial at all I promise! Maybe they are just morons or it is different people?

babybarrister Mon 20-Jan-14 19:41:45

It is a 10 year old pranged Audi so not high up on anyone's list I would not have thought ....

first time - OK DH MAY have left it open but I doubt it - came back to car and all doors undone and boot actually open [albeit it looked shut as boot door down IYSWIM]

second time CDs all over front seats

third time found stuff from back seat on pavement

oh well, watch this space grin

EnianShelZman Mon 20-Jan-14 20:41:05

Babybbarrister, the exact same thing happen to me! Somebody was breaking into my car every month or so for 6 months. They'll move things, open glove compartment and spread paperwork over the seats. The cash and the brew sat nav were left untouched but once they took a sponge and returned it during the next break in. I thought my husband or kids were planting tricks, but after every break in the indicators that light up when the door is open strayed on for the rest of the morning, so there was obviously something going on with the car's electronics.

EnianShelZman Mon 20-Jan-14 20:41:35

I mean new, not brew

EnianShelZman Mon 20-Jan-14 20:42:39

playing, not planting! stupid phone

Longdistance Mon 20-Jan-14 20:50:23

Someone broke into my Astra a few years back, I thought, what the hell did they take? They took my VIN plate from my engine. Have a look under your bonnet, and see if it's still there.

MrsJK Mon 20-Jan-14 20:54:07

Intrigued shock

lastnightIwenttoManderley Mon 20-Jan-14 21:28:59

First time might be accidental if was just unlocked but boot open. Our car has a stupid button to pop the boot. An

lastnightIwenttoManderley Mon 20-Jan-14 21:28:59

First time might be accidental if was just unlocked but boot open. Our car has a stupid button to pop the boot. Annoyingly, if you accidentally pusg

lastnightIwenttoManderley Mon 20-Jan-14 21:29:36

First time might be accidental if was just unlocked but boot open. Our car has a stupid button

lastnightIwenttoManderley Mon 20-Jan-14 21:37:06

Agh! Phone fail. Try again...

First time might be accidental if was just unlocked but boot open. Our car has a stupid button to pop the boot. Annoyingly, if you accidentally push it it will open the boot and not tell you. Then when you come to lock it, it makes a noise as if locking realises the boots "open' and immediately unlocks.

Other two though, baffling! Maybe it's same as others mention but someone else is accidentally getting in your car and only realising when they rummage through all CDs and can't find their Prefab Sprout album?

babybarrister Mon 20-Jan-14 21:53:26

whoever it is is not a Huey Lewis fan ...grin

topknob Mon 20-Jan-14 22:02:12

a 10 year old Audi is easy to break into, not hard at all.

FutTheShuckUp Mon 20-Jan-14 22:07:43

Was it on here someone posted about finding someone sitting up in the boot of their car? Did I dream this?

Maybe it's a new phenomenon- Car poltergeists!

EllaMenopy Tue 21-Jan-14 02:38:13

Did they take spare change?

I had my car broken into repeatedly over a few weeks- window smashed each time (which made me very cross as superexpensive bits of glass), belongings rifled through and strewn all over the streets. The first time they did get a bit of cash which had been sitting in the glovebox, nothing too vast but did include a few notes. So then they came back every couple of weeks to look for more, even when I left the car unlocked and notes on the dashboard telling them there was nothing valuable inside.

According to the police, it was probably some kids who lived on my street and had form for occasionally raiding cars for cash on their way to the nearby railway station heading into town.

MiaowTheCat Tue 21-Jan-14 08:51:08

Had it here - couple of times within a fortnight... nothing of value taken, apart from the suction cup for the sat nav from the glove box (considering the replacement costs of ones that actually suck - I realised why quite quickly!) - just going around looking for people doing stuff like leaving sat navs in the gloveboxes I assume (I don't leave it in there - just the sucky cup thing that I take off the windscreen).

Local police said they'd just had a bit of bother with it for a couple of weeks in our area and then it died off again.

Sallyingforth Tue 21-Jan-14 12:48:57

Cat We have been advised by police to make sure the 'sucky cup thing' doesn't leave a ring on the windscreen because the thieves look for that as a clue there might be something worth nicking in the car.

BrianTheMole Tue 21-Jan-14 23:06:56

Yes, one of my clients, who had a history of breaking into peoples cars, told me about the rings left on the windscreen. And warned me to be careful grin

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