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Don't make it easy for thieves!!!

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by DCGirl, Mar 30, 2012.

  1. Mar 30, 2012 at 1:12 AM
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    DCGirl

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    I installed my hose clamps months ago on my tailgate and noticed today that my tailgate cables were loose like somebody possibly, I think likely tried to take the tailgate but failed. Both were loose. At first I wondered whether it happened while I opened and closed the tailgate but as I messed around with it myself it seemed unlikely. I have a pop and lock that I have been meaning to install and I will be installing this weekend since I am in a "bad area" where I know crackheads roam through so maybe this person could come back. Whatever I won't make it easy for them. SOB!!! I love my truck but hate how easy Toyota made it for potential thieves!

    ie,
    Tailgate
    No locking Gas door or cap
    plus catalytic converter (which isn't their fault)

    is there something else i'm forgetting??
     
  2. Mar 30, 2012 at 1:21 AM
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    L8Rmike

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    Put a rod or wooden dowel in the track of the sliding window.
    And a cable lock for the spare tire.
     
  3. Mar 30, 2012 at 8:02 AM
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    teamfast

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    I sold my spare with the others and replaced it with a used $20 tire. If someone wants it, I have 4 more winter tires on rims that will become my spare.
     
  4. Mar 30, 2012 at 8:07 AM
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    Don't leave anything in plain view. IE: purse, cell phone, navigation, jewelery, money. Be vigilant with what you have in sight. It becomes very attractive to vehicle burglars.
     
  5. Mar 30, 2012 at 8:10 AM
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    Good idea!!

    OP thanks for the reminder, I need to do that...May I ask what part of Cali you are from?
     
  6. Nov 23, 2012 at 5:59 PM
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    Rich91710

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    Typical of most pickup tailgates. They are designed to be easy to remove.
    Can't siphon fuel anyways... thieves simply puncture the plastic fuel tank, take what they can, and let the rest run out on the ground.

    If you get "marked", sometimes they will RTV a hose into the side of your tank and keep coming back, snagging 5 gallons every few nights.
    Cable lock is worthless... at least the cheap locks that come with guns.

    At the gun range a while back, one of our group had forgotten his key.
    EVERY key that the others had would work on that lock.
     
  8. Nov 23, 2012 at 9:19 PM
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    WilsonTheDog

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    A locking gas cap is $15. Worth it if only to prevent a degenerate from pouring crap in your tank.

    Tailgate hose clamp and PopNLock are worth the time/money. I have both.

    Cat converter, not really a cheap or easy solution there. I don't sweat it because, worse comes to worse, if they're stolen, I'm welding a straight pipe and being done with it.

    Spare tire, I have one of my old tires on there. Not worth much so, have at it if you must.
     
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