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Old 16th July 2007, 11:36   #1
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Hi,

A shocking incident took place with my friend a week back. He was waiting for a green light with windows rolled down. As soon as he tries to pull in first gear, he hears a shout from behind "Aare pair pe gadi chada diya". He suddenly stops and looks out of the window.

A man is standing behind the car, shouting at him. The man says "Sambhal ke gadi chalao na..." and goes away.

The moment my friend tries to take hold of the situation, he notices that, his new Sony P990 from the dash is missing.

There is this gang who operates at busy signals where one person distracts the driver (typically people driving alone) and another team mate of him will flick the phone or any valuable on the dash.

Moral of the story.... Keep the glasses rolled up (especially on signals).
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Hi,

A shocking incident took place with my friend a week back. He was waiting for a green light with windows rolled down. As soon as he tries to pull in first gear, he hears a shout from behind "Aare pair pe gadi chada diya". He suddenly stops and looks out of the window.

A man is standing behind the car, shouting at him. The man says "Sambhal ke gadi chalao na..." and goes away.

The moment my friend tries to take hold of the situation, he notices that, his new Sony P990 from the dash is missing.

There is this gang who operates at busy signals where one person distracts the driver (typically people driving alone) and another team mate of him will flick the phone or any valuable on the dash.

Moral of the story.... Keep the glasses rolled up (especially on signals).
Wow thats a scary story! I started rolling my windows up at intersections after a guy thrust a bunch of advertising flyers in. Ejipura signal on Intermediate Ring road, Bangalore.
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Oppsss

robbers are finding innovative ways to rob....scarry
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if u switch off the engine while waiting at the 'busy' signals, the central locking is usually off.. which means boot, doors,etc are open and it is a security risk.

depending on the car features, u should be able to manually 'lock' all the doors after turning off the ignition.. or turn the ignition key till the battery-on mode which keeps the central locking on i guess.
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man, that is scary - a family friend had a similar incident, that they would come and say that there is a puncture on the tyre - usually done to ladies who are driving - and when they look out of the car -they whack the handbag tht is on the front seat.

as a habit all bags - are always kept in my dicky - and all CDs inside the dash!

Guess as they say the moral is to keep things out of sight.
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very very common in bangalore.

1. Distract drivers in signals and carry away valuables through the window.
2. Switched off cars with door locks open. Open the door and carry away laptop bag (never ever use laptop bags, they are very obvious. Buy the samsonite ones or a normal one to carry laptop)
3. Two wheelers with laptop bag. Same, one thief pushes the guy off and another one snatches the bag and runs.
4. Break open parked cars windows and steal laptops, mobiles etc.
5. Throw **** on the car windscreen/person. Yes, this also happens. Or say that your tyre is flat. You are distracted, get down and the thief makes away with whatever you have in the car/bike.

Keep laptops in normal bags, DO NOT use laptop bags.
Keep valuables locked in the boot. Its safer and out of view.
Keep doors locked. If you switch off engine in the signal, activate the central lock.
Never keep anything on the dashboard or places visible. laptops, ipods, mobiles, wallets.
When you park your car, you can put the HU below the front seat. Saves the trouble of carrying it and its not visible.
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man!

Good that you posted this. Had never thought of this!

Even though situation is better here, might as well take precaution.
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We have another thread based on the same modus operandi. Good to be careful.
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2 weeks ago at the St.Johns / Kamaraj Road Signal, my friends wallet and another girls SE phone was snatched from the dashboard of the Alto by a young kid.
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Scary indeed, Thanks for the heads-up guys!

Will keep the windows rolled-up always esp at signal junctions!
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Chennai city police has put up information boards in a lot of places to educate the motorists on this issue. The tricks range from a tyre puncture to petrol/oil leak. Never ever get distracted by anything. Lock your car & get down if you have to inspect something.
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very very common in bangalore.

1. Distract drivers in signals and carry away valuables through the window.
2. Switched off cars with door locks open. Open the door and carry away laptop bag (never ever use laptop bags, they are very obvious. Buy the samsonite ones or a normal one to carry laptop)
3. Two wheelers with laptop bag. Same, one thief pushes the guy off and another one snatches the bag and runs.
4. Break open parked cars windows and steal laptops, mobiles etc.
5. Throw **** on the car windscreen/person. Yes, this also happens. Or say that your tyre is flat. You are distracted, get down and the thief makes away with whatever you have in the car/bike.

Keep laptops in normal bags, DO NOT use laptop bags.
Keep valuables locked in the boot. Its safer and out of view.
Keep doors locked. If you switch off engine in the signal, activate the central lock.
Never keep anything on the dashboard or places visible. laptops, ipods, mobiles, wallets.
When you park your car, you can put the HU below the front seat. Saves the trouble of carrying it and its not visible.
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2 weeks ago at the St.Johns / Kamaraj Road Signal, my friends wallet and another girls SE phone was snatched from the dashboard of the Alto by a young kid.
Oh My god! What is world becoming to?

These kinda cases where normal when I was in Johannesburg. But never expected it to happen in my home country. There, people keeps there guns ready (hands on trigger!!!!) before approaching certain traffic signals.
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Sad to hear that.
Which road did it happen on so that we are more careful in the future?
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this happened with my friend in his maruti van..............
He was traveling from mahim to bandra east. After taking left on mahim causaway as he started climbing the bridge, his car started sputtering/jerking. he panicked as the car was right on slope and that too at night. All he could do was switch on his emergency lights and get down from the car. Occasional car behind him had to break hard as he was spotted right on the blind turn. if you are from mumbai you will know it's a blind turn with steep incline climbing up.
fortunately 2 bike riders stopped by for him and pretended to be mechanics going home from work. to all their credit the helped him push it up the incline and park at shoulder on the bridge. Both took charge of car and started investigation, with him and his wife looking helplessly. finally they zeroed on saying the the ignition coil was a problem so after taking 1000 rs from him one guy rushed off to bring new coil on bike, which he promptly bought with a small chit of paper with 900 written on it. he also returned the balance money there by gaining his trust.
with new ( actually old) ignition coil in place my friend went home thanking the two angels profusely, they even denied any money as labour charges saying it was every good citizens duty to help others.
Next day visit to regular garage enlightened him that the discarded coil was absolutely good working condition and the new ( old ) one is worthless.

His mechanic explained that these people, at some traffic jams or at some place where the car is parked for long time sneak below the car and loosen the exposed fuel pipe or cut off fuel supply if possible then the car runs for some time on minimum fuel available then stops with jerks...
( this is clear indication of shorted fuel supply though your gauge is showing full tank.)
that explains as he was returning from hotel-dinner at mahim. you never know where the valet's parking your car. (if you read the parking ticket hotels give you, the complete responcibility of theft/damage to car is always with you )

I guess now a days all the new cars have the fuel lines unexposed so this cannot be done of new cars.

hope everyone reading is aware and warn others....

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I guess now a days all the new cars have the fuel lines unexposed so this cannot be done of new cars.

hope everyone reading is aware and warn others....
Is this the case with newer Alto's? I mean will a 2007/08 Alto have fuel lines exposed in such a way that it can be cut easily?
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