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Old 09-13-2009, 06:22 AM   #1
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Exclamation Ford Ranger - Easy to Break Into Cab

My son just got all his tools, Ipod, GPS, etc. stolen out of his Ford Ranger while at college.

We never knew it was that easy to break into a Ranger until I did some checking on YouTube:

YouTube - Ford Ranger Owners must know info.

So if you have a Ranger, beware of what you store in the cab.

Other than an alarm, anyone know of a fix to prevent future break ins?
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Old 09-13-2009, 06:37 AM   #2
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My son just got all his tools, Ipod, GPS, etc. stolen out of his Ford Ranger while at college.

We never knew it was that easy to break into a Ranger until I did some checking on YouTube:

YouTube - Ford Ranger Owners must know info.

So if you have a Ranger, beware of what you store in the cab.

Other than an alarm, anyone know of a fix to prevent future break ins?
Just seeing the video, it appears there is a hole in the handle through which the burglar places a long object to unlock the truck. The hole appears to serve no purpose other than make it easy to break in. How about a quick fix that uses a quick setting epoxy to fill in the hole? That would prevent the quick breakin. Sure, someone could drill out the epoxy, but that requires (a) a drill -- what thief carries one? and (b) more time. Keep in mind that the really determined thief could just break a window to get in so if you simply make it harder (ie fill in the hole in the handle) you should get some deterrent value.
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Thanks for the info, as I tow a 2008 Ranger.
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Old 09-13-2009, 11:56 AM   #4
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With very few exceptions I can open any car or truck door in less than a minute.. They are that easy to open

And that, is doing it polietly (So as you do not have damage) I do admit I've been stumped 3 times. (one of those I still got the man into his vehicle, but it cost him 18 dollars)

NOTE that I am not a B&E auto man,, I'm a retired police dispatcher.

But that's how easy it is to break in.. without breaking anything.

Now if my intent is to rip-off.. A hammer and leather gloves is all it takes, Or a brick or a rock, or.. a tire iron,, Well you get the idea

SMASH, (the window) and grab the valuables and run.

Alas.. I don't run so well now days.. so that's not an option.

I once had a car I could unlock faster WITHOUT THE KEY, than with!!!!!
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Went to inspect my son's Ranger at his school today. I was obvious to me (but not to him) that they used a flat pry bar to pop out his side window on the extended cab. You could see the dent and scratches they made on the passenger side pillar. The glass was glued in so it was not the kind that normally vent.
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Old 09-13-2009, 10:34 PM   #6
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I have a $50 tool and can open most anything in ten seconds with zero damage. Faster if I didn't care.

Ex dealership mechanic. I opened lot vehicles several times a week.
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