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Old 11-28-2012, 08:11 AM   #1
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Ford rental car broken into at TTC

First of all I hope that everyone can skip telling me I shouldn't have left anything of value in the trunk of my car, because I know that already. I really just wanted to point out to other travelers something that happened so you don't make the same mistake. We had an older model ford rental that we picked up and drove several hours to Disney. We didn't put anything in the trunk while on or near Disney property. We locked car remotely and left and would not have even noticed the car had been broken into if we had not been cold when returning to the car and going to trunk to retrieve something. There were no visible signs of break in. The police told us another ford a couple of rows over had also been hit earlier in the evening. I googled car robbed at disney and found another site where someone had posted very similar story to mine and at least one other person said same thing happened to them. All Fords, older models. The police told them that thieves either had remote keyless entry or hard key to break in. Just a warning, I hate to see it happen to anyone else.
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Old 11-28-2012, 08:20 AM   #2
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Lori,

Thank you for posting. I'm so sorry this happened to you while on vacation. It makes me want to buy cars where the remotes can be disabled.
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Old 11-28-2012, 08:23 AM   #3
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Thanks for the heads up.

And LOL at the preemptive strike against people blaming you for the break in.
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Old 11-28-2012, 08:30 AM   #4
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Thanks for the heads up.

And LOL at the preemptive strike against people blaming you for the break in.
Well, a girl has got to try.
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:23 AM   #5
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I'm sorry this happened to you.....

What is considered an older model Ford??
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:26 AM   #6
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Usually when we rent we get newer vehicles, this was a Crown Victoria that had 30,000 miles on it. It was at least a couple of years old. Not sure exact year. It looked like a police car.
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:52 AM   #7
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Interesting! Do you think that older model cars have very similar keys or something? I wonder how this could work.
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:57 AM   #8
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Sadly we discovered as we were returning the rental car that the remotes seem to work for all of their similar ford cars. One of the rental people came out of the office and clicked the remote to find the car he wanted and several of the fords beeped at the same time. It just made me angrier. The police said they could have grabbed the code since we locked it remotely. They suggested locking it from inside the car so the code can't be grabbed. But after returning the car I would say the remote just works for a lot of the ford cars.
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Old 11-28-2012, 10:29 AM   #9
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Sorry this happened to you.

I wouldn't leave anything in my Model-T Ford either. They don't look very reliable to me.

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Old 11-28-2012, 10:32 AM   #10
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Sorry this happened to you.

I wouldn't leave anything in my Model-T Ford either. They don't look very reliable to me.

Lol, you are so right! I do appreciate you all going easy on me and the kind words.
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Old 11-28-2012, 10:44 AM   #11
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First of all I hope that everyone can skip telling me I shouldn't have left anything of value in the trunk of my car, because I know that already.
Never leave anything of value in your car! sorry-couldn't resist!

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Sadly we discovered as we were returning the rental car that the remotes seem to work for all of their similar ford cars. One of the rental people came out of the office and clicked the remote to find the car he wanted and several of the fords beeped at the same time. It just made me angrier. The police said they could have grabbed the code since we locked it remotely. They suggested locking it from inside the car so the code can't be grabbed. But after returning the car I would say the remote just works for a lot of the ford cars.
True - I just saw a warning about this a couple weeks ago on our local news. Someone at a mall remotely locked their car and as they were walking away heard the click as it unlocked. They went back and it was unlocked. Apparently there is a device thieves can use to intercept your signal and get into your vehicle after you leave it.

Also, both of my sisters had mustangs (years ago) and their keys worked in both cars - interchangeable. They found out by accident when one picked up the other persons key and started the car up!
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Old 11-28-2012, 10:55 AM   #12
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I am sorry you had to deal with this. Seems to me you would have been hit no matter what, since they seemed to have been walking around looking for a car to open.
A good warning for anyone who ends up with an older rental car, an good warning for everyone on being able to steal the remote codes - lock the car without the remote! I wouldn't have thought of that one, I usually hit the lock on the door once everyone is out - but that is because with getting kids (and DH) going, it gets crazy and we have forgot a few times to lock the car.
So I have tried to make it a habit of hitting the lock button on the door once the kids clear the car. I will make sure to not forget that now!
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Sadly we discovered as we were returning the rental car that the remotes seem to work for all of their similar ford cars. One of the rental people came out of the office and clicked the remote to find the car he wanted and several of the fords beeped at the same time. It just made me angrier. The police said they could have grabbed the code since we locked it remotely. They suggested locking it from inside the car so the code can't be grabbed. But after returning the car I would say the remote just works for a lot of the ford cars.
OK, wait a minute, stealing key fob codes is not as easy as that officer described it. I think he needs to do a little research:

http://www.snopes.com/autos/techno/lockcode.asp
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Old 11-28-2012, 06:04 PM   #14
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Something is off here.

Fords don't just open up for anyone with a beepy thing for some other Ford, lol. That is absolutely inaccurate.

If you leave something unattended, you run the risk of it being stolen...but that doesn't mean that victims deserve to have their stuff stolen. They are still victims. They should be able to leave something unattended and not have it stolen.
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Sorry this happened to you.....
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