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Old 07-20-2012, 06:57 PM   #1
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Do you lock your vert?

Do you lock your car when it is parked?
I have nothing of real value in my car.
I'd hate to have somebody slash my top.
It costs more than any thing in the car.
Of course slashing a top is more obvious than
opening a door . . .

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Old 07-20-2012, 09:15 PM   #2
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Unless they see something that they really want inside the car (ie a laptop), if they are going to the trouble to slash the top, they pretty much intend to steal the car.
If you leave it unlocked, you invite the 'crime of opportunity', the person who wouldn't break a window or slash the top, but since the car is open, they figure that they 'might as well help themselves'.
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Old 07-20-2012, 09:20 PM   #3
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Yes...

I was a little worried when I got my first E36, fought the urge to leave it unlocked, have never had a problem.

I lock it with the top up or down anytime it's not in the garage.

I'm sure my day will come, but I figure... If they are going to get in the car, the top will just be an added cost to the rest of the damage they are going to do.

My piece of mind for the rest of the times is worth it.
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Old 07-21-2012, 05:43 AM   #4
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Yes...

I was a little worried when I got my first E36, fought the urge to leave it unlocked, have never had a problem.

I lock it with the top up or down anytime it's not in the garage.

I'm sure my day will come, but I figure... If they are going to get in the car, the top will just be an added cost to the rest of the damage they are going to do.

My piece of mind for the rest of the times is worth it.
Agreed. Since the vert is my second car, I don't take it to the airport. Anywhere else, i lock it and don't worry. Besides, although I have never slashed a vert top I suspect it isn't that easy--several layers, and you'd need a sharp knife. Don't leave your vinyl record collection sitting on the front seat and it should be OK.

BTW, Did you get the drive-by damage repaired?
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Old 07-21-2012, 12:18 PM   #5
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Besides, although I have never slashed a vert top I suspect it isn't that easy--several layers, and you'd need a sharp knife.
Unfortunately, it isn't as hard to cut as you'd wish it was.

Which is the reason my vert has a brand new top! Right before I bought it a year ago, someone slashed the old top to get into it; although I think the prior owner had left something out where it could be seen, like a GPS if I remember correctly. The slashed top breakin was one of the reasons she decided to sell it, and got a new folding hardtop 3 series BMW vert so the same thing couldn't be done to it (though of course a thief could just bust out the window)

I do lock mine, just never leave anything where it can be seen.
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Old 07-21-2012, 12:09 PM   #6
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The city I live in pretty much guarantees some homeless person will smash your windows or slash the top if they see anything of value. Thus I'm less paranoid about locked/unlocked or top up/down than about leaving anything of value in sight.
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Old 07-21-2012, 12:53 PM   #7
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Does not matter if it is a vert, coupe, or sedan. You should never leave anything in plain view in your car. Always put everything in the trunk.
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Old 07-21-2012, 01:13 PM   #8
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I keep nothing in my sedan, and it's ALWAYS locked, I keep the glove box locked at all times even though all that's in there is all the manuals and my insurance and registration cards. The only thing that's always out is my phone mount, whenever I'm not using my charger it is folded nicely and in the sunglasses holder
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Old 07-21-2012, 06:09 PM   #9
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Always.....even with the top down and the windows up.
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Old 07-22-2012, 12:33 AM   #10
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Always.....even with the top down and the windows up.
+1

If the delinquent wants something in the car (or the car itself) that badly, they will find a way to get it, soft top or no. With a claim, the insurance company will investigate to see if you did all you could to reduce your risk (ie, lock the doors and windows up).

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Old 07-22-2012, 01:54 PM   #11
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Locked and loaded. I park in a garage when in the city at work. Just another car amongst 100's. Plenty to choose from if you want to break in. Nothing in sight but a hat. Only vehicle I had broken into was missing a winter jacket. Hope it kept him warm. Insurance covered window.
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Old 07-22-2012, 03:04 PM   #12
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Why leave it down in the first place? It only takes a few mins to put it back down... I always put my top down as iam pulling into a parking spot. Are you really in that much of a hurry that your willing to risk getting your things stolen or your interior harmed because you can't hold a button for a few mins to put your top up? Your over analyzing the whole situation...put the top up lock the doors and continue on with your day.

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Old 09-14-2012, 12:30 AM   #13
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Why leave it down in the first place? It only takes a few mins to put it back down... I always put my top down as iam pulling into a parking spot. Are you really in that much of a hurry that your willing to risk getting your things stolen or your interior harmed because you can't hold a button for a few mins to put your top up? Your over analyzing the whole situation...put the top up lock the doors and continue on with your day.

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You meant to say "top UP" in the second line of your post, right? You use the term correctly later on...twice.
Just checking.
I agree with you 100%, BTW.
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:14 AM   #14
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Funny I had a very drunk woman come up to me as I was leaving a bowling alley ask me how I could leave the top down when parked there. I think she was hitting on me due to my ride so I played it cool and told her I leave my box of hundred dollar bills locked in the trunk. I then said the only thing I have to worry about is wasted women with muffin tops throwing up in my car. She got the hint and moved on.
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Old 07-22-2012, 06:09 PM   #15
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I like walking up to my car and having it ready to go. For me, that means top down, unless it it is raining.
Near as I can tell it takes about 30 sec to put up or take down top. Not too bad, but I hate waiting, what can I say?
I always lock my car when I walk away. If nothing else this locks glovebox and trunk.
I was curious what other people did. When I can program my car to lower (and rise) the top via remote, I'll be much more likely to park it with the top up.
I carry $500 deductible on my car - there is nothing in there worth that - perhaps it is best to provide the thieves
easy access to something that means nothing to me (maybe I should leave an old obsolete ipod on the front seat for them to take)
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Old 07-23-2012, 10:09 AM   #16
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Why leave it unlocked? It's an invitation to get in easier or for some homeless to sleep whenever they wanted. I wouldn't want to sit in it after someone that hasn't bathed in weeks slepted there. If someone wanted to cut the top they would do it no matter if the doors are locked or not. Most important, never leave anything of value in it whether it's visible or not.
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Old 07-23-2012, 11:55 AM   #17
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Never, but I usually have a 100 pound Rottweiler sitting in the back seat.
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Old 07-23-2012, 05:26 PM   #18
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My top was slashed.. I now call my car 'Stitch'
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Old 07-24-2012, 01:30 AM   #19
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Damn, first sorry to all who have had their tops slashed. I literally use my M for basic errands around town, no real daily driving so wherever I go I leave the top down, windows down and lock it. I mainly lock it so my trunk wont open with the push of the trunk handle button and also because it gives my SMG pump an extra couple seconds of priming when I unlock it and come back. Crime here on the west side of Madison is pretty low depending on where you are, but if I venture out of my comfort zone I will put the top up.

Come to think of it, I don't know the last time I have had my top up really... I do raise it once a month just to keep it all moving and lubricated but otherwise it sits in the garage down (temperature controlled parking) and if it's raining I drive my Rover.
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Old 07-24-2012, 02:34 AM   #20
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Why would you even leave it unlocked? Personally, if I had a vert, the only time I'd have my roof down when I'm not in the car, is if I'm just popping off for two seconds but the car is still in plain sight. For example a gas station. Every other time, I'd be afraid some a-hole would jump in it or a bird would take a **** in it.

Still, regardless coupé, vert, sedan or touring, ALWAYS lock your car.
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