Help me protect my car from vandalism.
January 17, 2013 12:47 AM Subscribe
Is there a practical way to keep someone from f-cking with my car?
posted by phaedon to Home & Garden (38 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I live in a neighborhood with a relatively high rate of break-ins. I had my old car broken into multiple times. Over the past couple of years, twice they've broken the window, and the one time I parked on the street, somebody had the gall to succesfully crowbar my side passenger door open. If you want a characterization of the typical criminal in my neighborhood, I would generally say "crackhead" - one time, my car belongings were completely unended, all my change was stolen but my credit cards were left behind. I mean, what the fuck. I accept that each of these times there was probably something of value inside the car that visible from the outside. Anyway, that piece of shit car is history.
So now I have a much nicer car. I know, stupid. Now, my apartment building's 8-car parking lot, while physically removed from the street, is not gated, and there's nothing I can do about this. There are often vagrants going through the dumpster, and occasionally somebody will sleep back there. I know, crazy. The only "security measure" we have is a pathetic motion-detecting light that only half works, and only serves to help people who can't see in the middle of the night. Which is not great.
Is there anything I can do to stave off any potential intruders, or perhaps catch a criminal in the act?
My ideal would be to buy a light that turns on when motion is detected and instantly records and saves the video. Does such a thing exist? Or do you have any other tips on how to deter would-be criminals?
The only other comment I can think worth mentioning is that I would not have access to an outlet or power supply.