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Old 08-12-2007, 10:20 AM   #1
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Default Thief stole my car keys from my house, advice?

Here is the story:

Friday night my girlfriend and I went out of town for the night to visit some old friends. Meanwhile 2 of my roomates had a big house party complete with live band while we were gone. I got their word 100% that no one at all would be aloud upstairs to the part of the house that I live in. One of those roomates, we'll call him Chris, lives upstairs with me. The other one we'll call John, has the whole downstairs to himself.

Later in the night I get a call from John that said he needed to know where the hidden key was for the upstairs because a couple of my friends that were over needed to crash out up there. He gave me names, these guys crash out regularly and are trustworthy so i said go ahead.

I get home saturday and the keys to my integra (not daily driver) are missing. I'm a forgetful person though, so I immediately think I lost them and start turning the house upside down looking for them. I remember distinctly where I set them down in the living room (in plain sight Click the image to open in full size. ). So after looking all day, John gets home from work and tells me he has been stressing all day about it. I ask why since they aren't his keys. Here is what he said.

"I feel really bad about this, I might have screwed up. I had someone over last night that needed a place to crash and I let him crash upstairs. I thought he was a changed person. Since he got back from jail this time he said he had been off the junk and hasn't stolen anything. He really seemed like a changed person. This morning when I was giving him a ride home he asked 'whats wrong with the integra?' I'll pay for you to have new locks put on your car."

So at this point, i'm overwhelmed. This guy has been a pretty good friend to me for many years and I am feeling super betrayed. Not only do I feel betrayed, I feel unsafe. My car is very vulnerable right now even though I have it immobilized for the time being. I'm thinking of talking to the landlords (his parents haha) to see if I can get out of my lease early and move. I'm sick of moving but I just cant live in a situation like this.

As for the car, its going to need a new ignition. For that you have to replace the steering column. I dont know anything about locksmithing. I could have someone make a new key by the vin right? If I just did that i'd sell the damn car afterword. My damn absent-minded self lost the spare when I was moving. Click the image to open in full size.

Do I take this as an opportunity to catch the thief in action?


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Old 08-12-2007, 10:23 AM   #2
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uhhh...where the expletive are the cliffs?
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Old 08-12-2007, 10:24 AM   #3
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wow. very interesting situation. damn. i think you can go to honda and get another key made. just bring them the vin number.
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Old 08-12-2007, 10:25 AM   #4
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uhhh...where the expletive are the cliffs?
haha. at least it isn't a block of text. he used paragraphs Click the image to open in full size.
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wow. very interesting situation. damn. i think you can go to honda and get another key made. just bring them the vin number.
You will also need the title in your name if you go this route.
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You will also need the title in your name if you go this route.
yes. well, unless you have a hookup at honda Click the image to open in full size.. Click the image to open in full size.
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if i were you and you want to keep this car, get ALL the locks changed.
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uhhh...where the expletive are the cliffs?
Ran out of time, sorry lol no cliffs =P


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You will also need the title in your name if you go this route.
ya, I lost the title so that kinda screws me. I have registration in my name though =P
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Old 08-12-2007, 11:51 AM   #9
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well, make your roommate pay. he is the

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yes, make him pay. its his friend
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$250 for a new ignition lock cylinder from an Acura dealer, includes two new keys. Doors + hatch probably set you another few hundred dollars.
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Old 08-12-2007, 01:40 PM   #11
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I'd pull the coil wires and swap the plug wires and fuel pump relay so that it cant be driven away, till you get your locks fixed.
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Old 08-12-2007, 02:37 PM   #12
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Default Re: Thief stole my car keys from my house, advice? (Flashmn)

You can get ignition locks of ebay for super cheap, new ones. You will need a key made though, to make swapping it out easy. Def, get the locks changed to the doors. But remember if someone really wants to steal your car, locks do not make it hard. I spent a coupld days on my track car messing around, as i too lost the key, and my steering column was out of a wrecked car, and i had no vin for it. What i know now though, it would be super easy to steal a honda. Hence, kill switches.
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Old 08-12-2007, 07:44 PM   #13
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Ummmmm if he's a friend of your roommate why don't you have the roommate call the guy or something? Or get the police involved. It's a better route right now than going through all the hassle of buying all new locks and stuff.
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Um i dont know how integras work but you dont need a whole new column. You just need a new ignition. The ign. Comes off via 2 bolts.
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Ummmmm if he's a friend of your roommate why don't you have the roommate call the guy or something? Or get the police involved. It's a better route right now than going through all the hassle of buying all new locks and stuff.
If he stole the keys, who's to say he hasn't made a duplicate yet.
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Um i dont know how integras work but you dont need a whole new column. You just need a new ignition. The ign. Comes off via 2 bolts.
this is the truth. hah You don't need to change a whole new column thats crazy.

Acura sells key lock SETS too. Meaning ignition, doors & trunk locks so you can use ONE key for all of them.

If you just get a new ignition cylinder lock you'll need the orginal key to open your doors.

Go to the dealer with your VIN# they can cut keys for you. Unless your car is too old and there isn't a key code entered by the orginal dealer that the car was sold at.

IF the dealer can't get a key code to cut your key you can go to a lock smith.
IF you call up a locksmith, he can come to you and decode your cylinders and cut you a copy of your old key. But this might get expensive.

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Dude your roommate manned up and admitted to his mistake and offered to pay to fix it and you want to move out. It sounds like you have a pretty good friend there and it would be pretty stupid to screw it up over the inconvenience of having the locks changed at no cost.

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