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Old Yesterday, 04:15 PM   #1
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Convertible Lock or Not?

Interesting but unimportant question for E46 convertible owners: Do you usually lock your car, or do you leave it unlocked? This is my second ragtop, first BMW. I locked my first one, but I have been leaving this one unlocked based on the theory that there's nothing inside that's more valuable than an un-slashed top. What do you think? or
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I think slashing is 50/50 for theft and for vandalism.

They might not notice it's open, but yes it helps against heavy damage. I am thinking about people who pick up a brick to throw it through the window but hit the door and fender a couple times due to being drunk and needing cash for more booze. There are people who casually cruise streets for open cars, though, and you will get more visits from them. There might be a higher rate of small damage from that.

I also had a Saab where (when the previous owner had it), some kid used the open roof but locked car as an invitation to climb over the trunk. Impressive damage to the paint on the trunk lid.
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Good question. I actually think a top-slasher won't bother to check whether the handle is locked before doing their deed. But I usually do leave the car unlocked. Oftentimes the top is down as well. In 12 years of this I've lost one pair of sunglasses this way.
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Of course I lock it. There are plenty of kids in every city that rummage through unlocked cars for money and valuables to pawn, but they'll keep walking if the door is locked. Only idiots don't lock their cars.
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The victim told deputies that she usually was in the habit of locking her car doors, but did not that particular night.
And that's why her car was just fine until that night. They're not gonna break windows for stuff. Don't leave your car unlocked. You have no one to blame but yourself if your stuff gets robbed.
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