Originally Posted by BrettBretterson
That's just naive; no matter where you park you have to worry about theft if you don't have a secure garage to park in.
Not really, that's pretty excessive damage just to steal a stereo and not something that could have been done quickly and quietly. Motion lights help deter people from lingering around cars if you're in the boonies and window tint to stop people from being able to just look in and see what you've got to steal.
I guess my point was, if someone's going to try that hard to steal something, they're pretty dedicated and are going to get what they're after. When it comes down to it, that's what insurance is for. Even if they didn't take the stereo, I'll bet that's still over $1,000 worth of damage there. The reinforcing plate might make them try harder and do even more body damage, like cut in from the side.