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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-02-2005, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
 
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Be Careful When Handing Over your Keys!

I recieved this letter thru my e-mail at work and thought I would pass this on to all. I know most of us are aware of things like this happening, but I have to admit that I am guilty of giving my keys to a shop when having work done. Bad Idea!!! This happened in Las Vegas, but obviously, could happen anywhere.

I hope that I can post this, I feel I should tell everyone what has
happened to me. Last Sunday I took my car to a window tint shop,
(shop name removed) off of Sahara and Lamb. They are the ones with the
signs out for a $79 tint job. Anyways, it was a big headache, they
said it would take about an hour, but it ended up taking almost 8,
and costing $150 in the end. They did do a good job, and I have no
complaints about the tint. But once I had gotten home, I realized my
house key was missing off of my keychain. By that time the shop was
already closed for the day, along with Monday too. Not a big deal, my
husband just changed the locks right away. On tuesday I called the
shop, and of course they said they hadn't seen a key. On Wednesday
night, I noticed a few people sitting in a car right outside of my
garage. They had been there for a while, so I reported it as a
suspicous vehicle. Once the cops arrived, they 3 men in the car got
out, asualted the cop, and ran. After getting the dogs and
helicopters out here, they were able to find them, but in the car,
they also recovered my house key, along with more than 50 others. I
know now that I should not have given them my whole key chain, but I
just wasn't thinking at the time. I was home alone, with 2 small
kids, and it is really scary to think that if I hadn't called the
cops, they probably would have attempted to break into my home. The
tint shop has been contacted, but they are not really to concerned
about what has happened. I cant even get ahold of the shop owner. I
just don't want this to happen to anyone else out there. I have also
learned that since they didn't actually break into my house, they
will not be charged for attemted burlary, and even though the tint
shop employee had my key, since I did not physically see him remove
it from the key chain, they cant do anything about that either. I
guess it never pays to save a little money!

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I would have unlocked my front door sat in the next room and emptied a couple clips into them when they came in. End of problem..
However with children you did the right thing. I would still be on the alert,a lot of times they will try twice at the same place ..
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you are absolutely right. Just so you know that didn't happen to me, I just received the e-mail thru work. If it had been me, I would have done the same thing. And it wouldn't even bother me to have to clean up after myself!
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YIKES, glad I decided against tinting the windows on the Jeep...
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Gee, that is a scarry situation.
Another thing that has come up is when someone give the keys to a place like that and they take the little gas cards that are so popular these days. They replace them with one that has been tapped out or closed and the person doesn't even know until they go to get gas and it gets declined or when the billing statment gets to them.... One should always only give the key that is nesicary. for what is being done. An ignition key and a trunk key if it is diffferent. I work use to work for a major tire company in Phoenix and I would always ask the customer to just give me those two keys and take any weapons out of the vehicle. The last thing I would need as a manger was for one of my part time guys to accidently shoot a gun in the bays due to him screwing around when they should be working.
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I have spare keys I use. I put them in an envelope I make up at home and then drop in the night slot. I have given my set of keys to service places in the past when waiting for my vehicle , but I frequent places where I've been a repeat customer for a long time. I will be more cautious now tho. Thanks for the info.

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Definately only give whatever keys that are necessary.

I would have called the cops also, but I would have had my pistol on me and when I saw them attacking the cop I would have run out there and fired some shots at their feet just so they realized they're **** out of luck.

Anyway, the woman who had this happen to her... definately didn't pursue this as far as she should have. She should have pressed the police to find out the 3 men's connection to the window tint place (through polygraphs or something of the like), and then she should have taken a law suit out for some serious cash
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I worry enough about them abusing my car. I never give any shop my other keys.

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This is why my keys are on a keychain that snaps apart, with the car keys on one side and the other side has the house keys. I also do not keep any documentation in the car. The registration and insurance card are in my wallet.
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