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2012-07-24 16.00.56Viper SmartStart to the rescue!

We swear we had no part in influencing the instituting of this ordinance.

The police in Madison say it’s a violation to leave unattended cars running — and the purpose of the ordinance is to prevent car thefts!

Maybe not all the folks there know about remote start systems, but clearly they should go to the appropriate store and get one for their vehicles, given that the cold weather will likely persist for at least another month.

That way you can warm your car, the cabin and avoid the hefty fine if you start your ride with the key in the ignition while you wait indoors.

Read more about the Wisconsin ordinance from Madison.com here.

Jessica Barton.Credit: Facebook.

Jessica Barton.
Credit: Facebook.

It’s unclear if model Jessica Barton had any security for her super custom 1,165 hp Supra.

But it’s not uncommon for many even super high-profile car enthusiasts to skimp on, say, a car alarm or security system in favor of some performance-related aftermarket product for their ride.

However, if you’re spending thousands, if not tens of thousands on your vehicle, then paying a little more for peace of mind seems like a small price to pay.

Barton spent years putting together her ride and unfortunately thieves completely disassembled it for the parts.

The speedy swimsuit model had offered a $5,000 reward to anyone who helped her find the vehicle — but later sent out an Instagram post saying that it was too late and showing a pic of Supra parts piled up in a lot.

“That car has been evolving over 8 years and hundreds of thousands probably invested in it,” Barton said in a comment on the Instagram post.

“I could never just build another one. It’s imposible (sic) to do all this again. It’s a devastating loss to me,” she said.

Want to read more?

Check out even more on the story from Motoramic here.

2012-07-24 16.01.14-1theftWhere’s the kill switch?!

OK, on the lighter side, if you can call it that, here’s a story of a handcuffed theft suspect who somehow was still able to steal a police car.

We’re betting the officer who had his vehicle stolen is wishing he could shut down the car remotely.

Of course he could’ve avoided the theft if the rear passenger window had been locked.

The handcuffed suspect had been left alone in the squad car — and somehow managed to roll a window down, slide the car door open and drive off — leaving officers in White Settlement, Texas, rushing to find him days after the incident, according to The Sacramento Bee.

Whoops!!!

A video shot from another vehicle’s dash cam caught Darren Porter, 41, sliding out of the backseat and pulling off the squad car theft.

Cops had detained Porter Friday morning, over allegations that he’d broken into a nearby antiques store — and officers had cuffed him and tossed him into the back of a Ford Crown Victoria squad car, officers said.

If you missed the link above, check out full coverage from The Sacramento Bee below:

Handcuffed Texas Suspect Makes Off With Squad Car

An astounding 700,000 cars were stolen in the U.S. last year.

While that’s actually a decrease of 3.3 percent, at the same time the number of newer vehicles being stolen (cars from ’09-’11) is increasing, at least according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

Intuitively you would think newer cars would be more difficult to jack, but apparently not! Which really should emphasize a car owner’s need for aftermarket security.

The top most-stolen new vehicles from the new survey were:

1) The 2009 Nissan Altima

2) The 2009 Honda Accord

3) The 2009 Honda Civic

4) The 2009 Dodge Charger, and

5) (Motorcycle alert!) the 2009 Yamaha YZF-R6

See the list of newer cars from MSN Autos here.

One of the more “entertaining” news items we ran across: A car thief that’s willing to go the extra mile!

In West Hartford, Conn., one Keith Hinds allegedly stole a Chinese restaurant’s delivery truck during one of its stops. Would that be the end of it? No, that wasn’t nearly enough of a night for him …

Police said Hinds then proceeded to finish the remaining deliveries, collecting the money from customers for himself.

That was nice and all, but apparently it never occurred to him that the stranded driver might be able to call his boss and the police to let them know.

The latter, of course, were waiting for the “new delivery man” after he dropped off some food. Maybe this scientist is right, humans are getting less intelligent.

Read more about the alleged car thief-turned-delivery man from Jalopnik below:

Enterprising Thief Steals a Chinese Food Delivery Car and Keeps Delivering Food to Customers