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Old 05-30-2015, 06:48 AM   #1
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San Francisco. Last seen late on 5/28.

If you see it on the road or on Craig's List, please let me know.

License plate: 5GOZ104

VIN: 1FDHS24L5VHB12424

1997 E250 extended Sportsmobile. White with blue horizontal stripes. High fiberglass top.

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Old 05-30-2015, 05:35 PM   #2
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Bummer. Will keep eyes peeled.
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I'm sure you've thought of this, but have you checked with the city to see if it was towed? Sometimes that happens.
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Old 05-30-2015, 11:38 PM   #4
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You can do a nationwide Craigslist search by description and/or VIN, which would probably be a good and easy place to start.
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A Google search for the VIN and/or the description would't hurt, either.
Good luck.
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Old 05-31-2015, 04:18 AM   #6
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I'm sure you've thought of this, but have you checked with the city to see if it was towed? Sometimes that happens.
I wish. Nah, it was parked in front of our house on a non street cleaning day with current tags. Someone broke in and tried to steal it a few weeks ago. Looks like they came back and pulled it off Thursday night.
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Old 05-31-2015, 07:42 PM   #7
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SF is crime-infested, despite it's postcard image. Driver beware.
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Old 06-01-2015, 05:19 AM   #8
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SF is crime-infested, despite it's postcard image. Driver beware.
Car thefts are up like 50% here recently. This is my second stolen vehicle in less than a year. They stole my pickup truck last Labor Day
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Unfortunately these older vehicles without the advanced ignition security features make easy targets for thiefs who usually just need them for a short ride.


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I'm reminded of Austin in the late 1980s where my old car was broken into multiple times (I'm sure there were plenty of people who wanted it for a one-way trip to Mexico), and the only reason it stayed put was because I put a starter relay kill switch in place (wired so that the car would crank, but die the second the key was let go... this kept a thief guessing as opposed to making it appear like there was an overt kill mechanism in place.)

I can't find the seller, but there was a place that sells an engine starter relay that would enable/disable itself with a remote control. The relay could also be the fuel pump as well. It isn't 100%, but a fuel pump cutoff likely would be a lot more embarrassing for the thief when the vehicle stalls in traffic and they have to make a run for it before people train their smartphones their way and start hitting the 10 pictures/second button.
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Ground the coil via a toggle switch, car isn't going anywhere.

I've seen steering wheels on the ground with clubs attached to them. If a thief is determined they will steal your vehicle. BTW you can steer afterwards with a pair of vice grips.
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I'm reminded of Austin in the late 1980s where my old car was broken into multiple times (I'm sure there were plenty of people who wanted it for a one-way trip to Mexico), and the only reason it stayed put was because I put a starter relay kill switch in place (wired so that the car would crank, but die the second the key was let go... this kept a thief guessing as opposed to making it appear like there was an overt kill mechanism in place.)

I can't find the seller, but there was a place that sells an engine starter relay that would enable/disable itself with a remote control. The relay could also be the fuel pump as well. It isn't 100%, but a fuel pump cutoff likely would be a lot more embarrassing for the thief when the vehicle stalls in traffic and they have to make a run for it before people train their smartphones their way and start hitting the 10 pictures/second button.
I definitely need something like that for whatever I end up with next. Been looking at the Ravelco, but the price is pretty harsh.
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