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Carhopping

Submitted by thief in Stealing

Has anyone here been carhopping/ has anyone done it recently? I know all about it from the time r/Stealing was up.

Anyways, I tried it, once. I went out one night at 2 am and headed about a block up near this apartment building. I tried the door on a car parked near the road and it was loud so I went to look in the windows of of other cars, then I tried a dealership car (Don't ask.) then I realized I was being too sketch and headed home. Any one got any stories?

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Drshoplifter wrote

I know nothing about breaking into cars. but i do know locks are very easy to pick and i can pick one open as fast as a key can open it. a monkey could do it. when i put my key into the lock on my car it feels like an ordinary lock that can be easily picked. i haven't researched it tho.

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Drshoplifter wrote (edited )

tomorrow, im gonna try to start my car with my locksmith tool set. ill let you know how it goes. Ill also try to unlock the door. Im looking online and it looks like those locks can be picked on most cars.

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thief wrote

Carhopping isn't necessarily 'breaking into' cars. It's just finding ones that are unlocked and taking whatever valuables you can find. The only time you would want to break into a car i.e. smashing windows or picking the lock while carhopping is if you see something valuable in plain sight, but the door is locked.

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Drshoplifter wrote

Picking the lock would be quiet tho. I couldn't get it started or unlocked but i think its possible. the pins in the lock are shaped in a way that makes it difficult to get the tool in to pick it. and i didn't wanna damage the lock.

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thief wrote (edited )

Well as stated car hopping IS primarily finding unlocked cars but to be fair if there's a purse on the driver's seat that's stocked I'm smashing the window and running away as fast as I can. Lockpicking is easy but if a car drives by at 2:45 AM and I have a huge ass tool jammed far into the door I'll have a higher chance of being busted than if I just shattered the window and went into hiding half the city away. Not to mention that if there's cameras around said person's home it gives them or the police more time to make an accurate description of the suspect, me.

I'm gonna stick to the unlocked cars but again if there's a phat wad of cash in plain view in a locked car it's game on

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Drshoplifter wrote

where do u go to do it?

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thief wrote

Carhopping in general? You just go around neighborhoods. Remember: don't shit in your own town. I mean, do, but don't do it within 2 blocks of your house