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2012-07-24 16.00.48Waaahhhh!!! Waaahhhh!!!!

Who would’ve thought one of the most effective ways to stop a car thief is having an 8-month old toddler in the backseat.

The imbecile who tried to take off in the vehicle apparently had no clue that there was an infant back there.

When he discovered he had not only stolen the ride but inadvertently kidnapped the child as well, he abandoned it and the baby, and called the police to let them know where they were.

Of course if the parents hadn’t left them unattended with the engine running this never would’ve happened!

Read more about the baby on board escapade from Yahoo here.

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.

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

A little while ago we posted about the Hennessey Cadillac.

Some people online suggested the car might not … handle so well.

We wouldn’t be able to say unless we saw some rigorous testing, but we know how it would do at high speeds. Of course the interesting part of this story is that they did this on a real road.

Texas wanted to test its toll tag system to see if it could accurately report fines at triple-digit speeds.

Hennessey brought a Camaro that hit 203.9 mph! Not bad.

The CTS-V broke that easily by hitting, that’s right … a whopping 220.5 mph!!!!

Pretty casually, we might add.

Check out the full high-speed video below:

Also check out a quick post on the high-speed highway monster from Motoramic here.

The Range Rover, a luxury SUV.
Credit: Wikipedia.

Don’t think your SUV is less of a target because you’ve removed loose valuables from the interior.

Some thieves aren’t looking for your electronics devices or your briefcase or what have you. No, they want your third row seat!

ABC News is reporting that “third seat theft” is on the rise in Texas and California.

That’s right, crooks are taking the seats and selling them for as much as $1,000. That’s a lot of loot especially for something that can be stolen so easily.

Police recommend you engrave your vehicle’s VIN number on the seat structure or using a bike lock to make it more difficult to unhinge. But frankly the latter will not slow them down much.

And they omit the most obvious solution: a superior car alarm!

Watch the video and see how quickly the robbers are able to access the truck through the back. In less than a minute they’ve accomplished their task while drawing no attention to themselves.

In our opinion, the time to thwart a thief is before they gain entry into your ride. Being able to recover the seats is all well and good, but we’d rather not have to go through that hassle.

Considering how much it costs to replace the third row at the dealership, a wise investment in protecting your vehicle is a must.