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Pickup Truck Break-in Prevention

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Locked the keys in your pickup, far from home? Cowboys ain't supposed to cry, so make a simple tool on the spot from found materials that will let you in quickly and without damaging the vehicle, so long as the truck has a sliding rear window. I carry a more deluxe version of the tool in my truck and have used it to help other drivers in this predicament. Once you see how easy it is to break in, you might want to fix your window so no one with bad intentions can unlatch it, then hide a spare key to use if you ever lock yourself out. First photo is an interior view, with the window slightly open, of the kind of latch that can be opened with this tool, working from outside the locked truck. Second photo shows the boss on the interior window frame that the latch grabs to lock. To see my related Instructables, click on "unclesam" just below the title above or in the INFO box to the right. On the new page that appears, repeatedly click "NEXT" to see all of them.

 
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Step 1: Tools, materials, construction

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The tool and a piece of folded heavy paper, the weight of a playing card, that helps prevent damage to the sliding window's weather seals. The solid-state linear computer provides a 12-inch comparison scale.


Tools and materials (deluxe version):
Wire, 8 1/2 inches long, from ordinary heavy-duty coat hanger
Pliers with wire cutter
File
Card stock, such as the cover of a school spiral notebook

Construction:
Cut a paper strip 6 inches long by one inch wide, fold it in half lengthwise
Bend the wire to create two legs 3 1/2 inches long each connected by a length of wire 1 1/2 inches long, all falling in the same plane. File the wire ends round and smooth, and remove all burrs. Bend the end of one leg up out of the plane as shown in the photo, make a small loop in that end.
mgalyean2 years ago
The only valuable info I'm finding is how to prevent a break in. If you only lock your vehicle with the keychain dongle then you can't lock your keys in the vehicle period. Resist the temptation to use the switch on the door as you close it and develop the dongle habit. It will server you well. I've lived all over the country and am well over 50 years old and all my life I've offered help to those in need. I've even helped those who had keys locked in cars. Not once was one of those a pickup truck driver, much less one that happened to have a rear-slider. So I find the comment about "helping others several times" with this tool seems a bit untenable. That combined with all the wink-nod hints about hiding the tool *and* the slim-jim from cops obliges me to agree with the other poster that this structable seems to be more about how to break into other people's hard earned property. If this observation is considered "not nice" then so be it. I find the instructable to be "not nice" in its how to commit crime angle.
unclesam (author)  mgalyean2 years ago
mgalyean, thanks for your comment, it provides me with a reminder to post a danger that has cropped up around the use of key fobs to lock your car, rather than use the key when you get out. At rest stops along I-95, thieves watch someone use the fob to lock their unoccupied car, the fob sending a new code to the car that would be used next time to door is to be opened with the fob. The thieves have a receiver that picks up the signal and can then transmit the new code to the car, unlocking the door while the driver is sure to be out of view for a while. The thieves calmly steal whatever is of value in the vehicle, then wait for the next sucker who locks his car using a fob.
Thanks again, Unclesam
Not true. Both ends of the link use identical random number generators and come up with the same next code independently. The code is never transmitted until the owner comes to unlock the car. At least that is how remote entry has worked for several years now. I suppose you might mean the ancient ones that only used one code all the time. And maybe there was some interim version that passed a new code back that I don't know of, but as for mine, your technique would just be a waste of time.
abadfart4 years ago
my cousin had a truck that the back window didn't close so we could always get in
I really enjoyed your instructable. i myself dont have a sliding rear window but think its great for the trucks that do.
i just thought i would fore warn you though, i sugest keeping the tool hidden because if the police see it they consider it a break in tool and that is a serious charge.
personaly i have a slim jim for going in the window and i use rare earth magnets to hold it in place in a hidden spot
unclesam (author)  kasualkiller4 years ago
kasualkiller, GREAT COMMENT! Thanks for taking the time to post it, I had not given any thought to that possibility. My window tool and my slimjim will definitely find a good hiding place.
Unclesam
crapflinger5 years ago
....why is this titled as "break in prevention" when it's about steps to break in? i know that you say that if you know how to do this that you can take steps to prevent it...but the main purpose of the ible is to show HOW to do it
Well he still shows you how to prevent it. He's explaining how this could happen to you. If you don't know how somebody can break into your truck then you might not see the point of ptting in the little wedge.