Keep in mind that there’s no way to vet this video, which claims to be from a parking lot security camera, so take it for what it’s worth. In it, you see a car thief tie a series of cans to the rear bumper of a car; when the driver gets in and pulls away, the racket causes her to stop and get out to inspect the situation. You can see what’s coming next: the thief jumps into the running car, making off with the woman’s car and her purse. If he’s really an over-achiever, he’ll stop by her house on the way home for a quick clean-out of her electronics and jewelry. I’d have to say it isn’t a bad haul for just a few minutes of work and material scrounged from a recycling bin. Best of all (for him at least), there’s no weapon or physical force involved, which would probably reduce the charges if he’s caught.
I usually don’t post tips on how to break into cars, but there are plenty on line for you to search. The pros don’t need my advise, and I don’t feel compelled to help out any amateurs. Why did I post this? Because it’s the holiday season, and all of us are a little bit distracted. Thieves know that, which is why this is their busy season at shopping malls and discount store parking lots everywhere. A little situational awareness would have gone a long way in helping this woman keep her car, her purse, the keys to her house and everything else in the car, so just remember to be aware of your surroundings at all times. If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t; if something feels like a setup, it probably is.