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A Colorado brown bear got trapped inside a car after opening the door in search of a sandwich. When the door closed, the bear panicked, managed to knock the car into neutral, and rolled into some nearby trees.
17-year-old Ben Story was awoken to the sound of his car’s horn blaring in the distance and missing from his driveway. When he went to investigate he discovered a large brown bear trapped inside his car and thrashing around trying to escape. Continue reading “Hungry Bear Steals Car Full of Food” »
In the SuperFreakonomics chapter on global warming, we describe pollution as a negative externality, a cost that is generally borne by someone other than the party producing the waste. In so doing, we discuss the difference between two anti-theft devices for cars, the Club and LoJack. Because LoJack is a hidden device and thieves cannot therefore know which cars have it and which donâ€™t, it cuts down on overall theft. Which means it produces the rare positive externality. The Club, meanwhile, works in the opposite manner:
The Club is big and highly visible (it even comes in neon pink). By using a Club, you are explicitly telling a potential thief that your car will be hard to steal. The implicit signal, meanwhile, is that your neighborâ€™s car â€” the one without a Club â€” is a much better target. So your Club produces a negative externality for your non-Club-using neighbor in the form of a higher risk that his car will be stolen. The Club is a perfect exercise in self-interest.
Having read this passage, a man named Jim Burns wrote in with an interesting background story:
Back in the â€™90s, I was working as a design engineer for Chrysler. I had responsibility for key cylinders and door latches. At that time auto theft rates in Europe were increasing and driving the insurers to put pressure on the Euro governments to require increased theft deterrence devices on all new cars. As part of our attempt to figure out where best to invest our design dollars, we hired some professional car thieves to provide a more hands-on perspective than us engineers had (well, maybe not all of us).
At some point, the Club was mentioned. The professional thieves laughed and exchanged knowing glances. What we knew was that theÂ Club is a hardened steel device that attaches to the steering wheel and the brake pedal to prevent steering and/or braking. What we found out was that a pro thief would carry a short piece of a hacksaw blade to cut through the plastic steering wheel in a couple seconds. They were then able to release The Club and use it to apply a huge amount of torque to the steering wheel and break the lock on the steering column (which most cars were already equipped with). The pro thieves actually sought out cars with The Club on them because they didnâ€™t want to carry a long pry bar that was too hard to conceal.
Ah, the beauty of unintended consequences. And do not pass too quickly over the fact that a car company hires car thieves for consultation. If you are a businessperson, do you regularly engage those who wish to do you harm? If you are an intellectual, do you regularly sit down with those who wish to call you names?
STEPHEN J. DUBNER Of New York Times
hieves took two cars this morning when the owners left the cars running unattended while they warmed up.
The first theft occurred about 6:45 a.m. in the 8300 Block of Woodward Street. The owner left a gold Kia running.
About 10 minutes later, thieves took a red 1998 Monte Carlo from the 8400 Block of Carter Street.
In both cases, the owners didnâ€™t see who took their vehicles. No suspect information was available. Continue reading “Cars Reported Stolen When Left Unattended While Warming-Up” »
Disclaimer: This is only if you lost your keys. It is illegal to hotwire a car that is not yours. We, here at Junk Car Nation, do not condone any drunken joyrides with stolen vehicles. Unless you call us first.
1. Get your stuff together: You’re gonna need 1 flathead screwdriver with an insulated handle, 1 cordless drill and a small drill bit. Continue reading “How to Hotwire a Car!” »