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#56 of 95 Re: TSX SF break in ring [desbadtz7]
Dec 17, 2007 (3:32 pm)
Breakin News: (no pun intended)
Here's a story we're all familiar with...My '04 TSX got broken into twice in SF - First time earlier this year - they got my golf clubs out of my trunk. No signs of forced entry, so just like others have said, I figured I forgot to lock my doors one night and chalked it up to the price we pay for living in the City. Second time was a few weeks ago....This time I KNOW my doors were locked and they got away with a laptop and some misc personal items (but not my owners manual). Again, no forced entry, and my car was locked when I returned. This time I filed a police report.
So yesterday I get a call from SFPD - Ingleside saying to come down to the station - they possibly had some of my property. Turns out they arrested someone on a routine traffic stop that had property belonging to me and 4 or 5 other people....all who own TSXs! The officer had some keys that I assume were taken from the dude who got arrested and tried to open my door with them -- a few of them actually fit the keyhole, but none of them opened the door....I'm not sure if I should be relieved or more worried at this point. I have got to believe that somewhere on the streets there is a key, or multiple keys, or special "jiggle method" that opens the doors to our cars.
This news is so fresh that the case is still being written up, so there's not a whole lot the police can let out yet....but I hope they can nail this guy and anyone else he is working with.
So if we are forced to park in public and assuming that there may be physical keys out there that open TSX doors, what are the best measures to combat against this?
#57 of 95 Re: TSX SF break in ring
Jan 07, 2008 (9:13 pm)
I just found out today that my car was broken into without force on Saturday. It was in a garage in the Mission where i was supposedly paying for it to be "safer" than out on the street. My car is a TL...not a TSX, but i still wanted to get the word out that Acuras continue to be broken into in SF! My gym bag, ipod, and new camera were stolen.
Has anyone heard from the police or Acura any news of these events?
Any ideas other than getting a new non-Acura alarm and not keeping anything of value in the car?
Thanks in advance for any comments!
#58 of 95 Re: TSX SF break in ring [airwalk905]
Jan 15, 2008 (11:12 pm)
My 2004 TSX was broken into, no force entry on 1/11 this was the second time it's happened in SSF. Like everyone else I thought I had forgotten to lock the door. The first was in Sept. '07, no entry, and the only thing taken was my owner's manual and my registration information. Which I thought was odd. But on 1/11, my cd's, my shoes, clothes and my wheel locks were taken.
I went right away to Serramonte Acura to get my wheel locks replaced. I also spoked to the Service dept. and the only thing they suggested is to install a secondary car alarm. I contacted Marin Acura to see what they can suggest and per the General Sales Mgr Michael Gafford - he's never heard of this happening. But after reading all the messages, I'm sure he's known about it. His only advice to me was to contact Acura USA for a client relations rep.
I filed police reports both times. It's not comforting to know that someone out there has access to my car. I no longer keep any valuables in my car, but now I'm thinking of also NOT leaving my registration info in there as well.
There's got to be something we, as Acura owners and car theft victims, can be compensated for by Acura. At least replace our current alarm systems! This has gotten out of hand. How many more Acura break-ins will need to happen before the company takes action?!
#59 of 95 Re: TSX SF break in ring [ksolo2]
Jan 16, 2008 (11:22 am)
Airwalk 905 you are absolutely right. Acura should compensate us in some way for the loss of our valuable, security, and right to protect our car. My car was broken into in September and I posted my experience. A few months later (November) I was contacted by the San Mateo police department. They had arrested a woman on car theft charges. She had stolen a Honda Accord and inside the police found my drivers license and contacted me. This woman supposedly broke into numerous cars with a "shaved" key according to the officer. I felt at ease that the theif was caught but not but two weeks later my car was broken into again! Luckily, I don't keep any valuables in my car so they were not able to steal anything.
The beginning of January, San Mateo indicted the original theif on number of counts and I was subpoened to be a witness in her court hearing but she pleaded guilty before the hearing.
Pretty much, my "anti-theft" system right now is to leave nothing in my car and before I lock my car I leave my glove compartment, center consule, and astray open just to show any theif that I don't have anything in my car. This has seemed to work since November.
I know everyone on this forum has a busy life, jobs, family, etc. But if we could all pull our stories together and bring it to Acura USA we may have something. It's a big job that I think no one really has time in their life to address. But if we all volunteer and break it down to specific duties we could possibly get something accomplished. Strength in numbers, right. Anyways, I'm just putting it out there but I would like to get together some sort of live chat, conference, whatever to get an action plan going. If anyone has any suggestions or ideas please speak up. After all we have put our hard earned money into an expensive automobile. It would be nice if it locked.
#60 of 95 Re: TSX SF break in ring [natsf]
Jan 16, 2008 (12:26 pm)
sorry to hear of your tsx getting broken into-Is it just tsx's or other cars. A few years ago I owned a mazda that was locked but someone was able to get into it. They took the ashtray that had loose change in and some c.d's. If fact alot of other cars that were locked had things stolen from them. This was in the Stoudsburg area of Pa. The car thieves were caught but there are others out there to take their place. I think higher fines and jail time might deter some.
#61 of 95 Re: TSX SF break in ring [natsf]
Jan 16, 2008 (7:07 pm)
I am definitely willing to do whatever we think is necessary to bring to Acura USA about the problems their cars are causing us. I am now not even driving my car into SF right now because I fell no sense of security for it...and this is causing a lot more grief on my commute. Anyway...if anyone else is interested in going as a group to Acura USA, please join in. The more numbers and events we can bring to them, the better.
#62 of 95 Re: TSX SF break in ring [natsf]
Jan 16, 2008 (10:06 pm)
I am with you 110% on coming up with some sort of a "game plan" with all the rest of the members of this forum and vigilantly contact Acura USA's Client Relations Department. In fact, I actually called them today. Such BS- they claimed that they have never heard of such break-ins w/ no forced entries?! This lady (Jessica) said that she has noted this information/complaint on my account; not only that, she also stated that the more complaints they hear from other owners having these similar experiences, the faster some kind of action will take place. SO... if THIS is the only way they'll actually do something about it, PLEASE... IF YOU'VE BEEN A VICTIM OF SUCH BREAK-INS, PLEASE CONTACT THE FOLLOWING AND RAISE AWARENESS!: TOLL FREE# 800-382-2238 (6am-5pm, M-F, PST).
Let's all raise some hell!!! THANK YOU!!!
#63 of 95 Re: TSX SF break in ring [ksolo2]
Jan 17, 2008 (7:37 am)
Just curious, have you looked into this problem for Accord and TL owners too? I seem to remember someone (here?) mentioning that an employee of a dealership was arrested (last year?) and might have been involved in cloning keys?
Since the Accord, TL, and TSX are basically variations of the same car, I suspect that they share the same keys/locks/alarms.
#64 of 95 Re: TSX SF break in ring
Jan 17, 2008 (7:04 pm)
My car that was broken into a week and a half ago in the Mission is a TL...so I think it's definitely an Acura problem. I haven't heard anything about Accords having these type of break-in problems.
I am still very curious how someone got in because there's no one at the Acura dealership that has any connection to where my car was when it was broken into.
#65 of 95 Re: TSX SF break in ring
Jan 24, 2008 (11:28 pm)
2 hours ago, my car got broken into in San Francisco's Mission District. There were no signs of forced entry and they were able to take everything out of the cabin and my trunk. My trunk was full of leftover groceries from my last ski trip and a new box of animal crackers. It doesn't seem like they cared what they were taking, just taking everything. The interesting thing is that my CD changer had 5 CDs in it. I found two of them had been taken out and set aside. This must mean that they were able to turn the ignition in order to turn the stereo on but the keys were on me the whole time. Something seriously is lacking in the key system of the Acura's and I'm about to fire off letters to Acura corporate, the San Francisco Chronicle and make some phone calls tomorrow. Breaking into cars is supposed to be difficult right? Apparently not.