Wednesday, I approached my truck/bakkie from the passenger side to place my computer bag (aka my man purse) on the front passenger seat.
As I reached to open the door I noticed there was a hole right under my door handle.
My first thought was, “someone has shot my truck!” I began to think about it and inspect it a little closer. Then the ‘light’ slowly began to dawn on me. I phoned my friend who owns a car body shop and asked if he had any vehicles with damage to the doors that looked like a bullet hole.
“Yes, I see it all the time. Thieves have a punch and place it right under the door handle, knock a hole through, reach in and unlock it, just as if they have a key. No alarms, broken glass or anything”.
I then placed a call to my insurance agent and explained it to him. I was puzzled that they left my GPS and all other belongings. Here is where it gets scary!
“Oh no”, he said. “They want the break-in to be so subtle that you don’t even realize it. They look at your GPS to see where ‘home’ is. They know what you drive, so they go to your home and if your vehicle isn’t there, they assume you aren’t either and break in your home.”
He said they even give you the courtesy of re-locking your doors for you. They will leave a purse or wallet and only take one or two credit cards.
By the time you realize there has been a theft, they may have already had a couple days, or more, to use them.
So, periodically walk around your car; daily – if you are in a shopping centre or other parking area.
Report thefts immediately….your bank w/missing cheque numbers, your credit card agencies, police, and insurance companies, etc. And set your home address for a street nearby.
“They” have a new way to rob you now! Please let everyone know.