By David Carrington - 12/3/12

This past Wednesday I approached my truck from the passenger side, (which is unusual) to place my laptop bag in the front passenger seat.

As I reached to open the door, I noticed there was a very small,
indented, irregular hole right under my door handle.

My first thought was that someone must have has shot my truck!

I began to think about it, and inspect a little closer, and
the "light" slowly began to come on.

I phoned my friend who owns a body shop and asked if he had any
vehicles with damage to the doors that looked like a bullet hole.

"Yes, I see it all the time. Thieves have a punch and place it
right under the door handle, knock a hole through, reach in and
unlock it, just as if they have a key. No alarms, broken glass,
or anything."

Hole_Under_Door_Lock

I then placed a call to my insurance agent and explained it to him. I told him I was puzzled that they left my GPS and all my other
belongings.

Here is where it gets scary !

"Oh no", he said, "they want the break in, but be so subtle that you don't even realize it. They look at your GPS to see where "home"
is. Or, check your address from insurance and registration papers in your glove box. Now, they know what you drive, go to your home, and if your vehicle isn't there, they assume you aren't either, and break
into your home."

He said they will even leave a purse or wallet, and only take one or two credit cards. By the time you realize there has been a
theft, they may have already had a couple of days or more to use them.

(I didn't realize my situation for two full days!)

They even give you the courtesy of re-locking your doors for you.

Periodically, walk around your car, especially after you park in a shopping center or other large parking area.

Report any thefts immediately...to your bank if you are missing check numbers, your credit card companies, the police, insurance companies, etc.

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