Just heard this on the news here locally. Apparently
car thieves have yet again found a way around the
system and steal your car or truck without hardly any
effort at all.
The car thieves peer through the windshield of your
car or truck, write down the VIN number from the label
on the dash, go into the local dealership for that car
brand and request a duplicate key for it from the VIN
Car dealerships make up a duplicate key from the VIN
number, collect payment from the 'customer' who's
really a would-be car thief for making up the
duplicate key -- the car thief goes back to your
vehicle, inserts the key they've just gotten and off
they drive with your car or truck.
They don't have to break in, don't have to damage the
vehicle and draw no attention to themselves as all
they have to do is to walk up to your car, insert the
key and off they go to their chop shop with your
Can you believe it?
To avoid this from happening to you, simply put opaque
tape (like a strip of electrical tape, duct tape or
medical tape) across the VIN label located on the dash
board. You can't remove the VIN number legally under
most state laws, so cover it so that it can't be
viewed through the windshield by a car thief.
Anyway, feel free to forward this on before some other
car thief steals another car or truck like this.
This message came from an old school friend. I have
always wondered about the wisdom of having that VIN so