(From Cobra )

I just heard this on the local news.

Apparently car thieves have found yet another way around the system to steal your car or truck without any effort at all. The car thieves peer through the windshield of your vehicle, copy the VIN number from the label on the dash, go into the local dealership of the manufacturer and request a duplicate key for it from the VIN number.

Car dealerships make up a duplicate key from the VIN number, collect payment from the “customer” who returns to your vehicle, inserts the key and drives away. They don't have to break in, nor damage the vehicle nor draw attention to themselves. All they have to do is drive it to the “chop shop.”

Solution: Most states prohibit removal of the VIN number located on your dashboard but if you cover it with opaque tape (duck, electrical, or medical type), it can't be viewed through the windshield. Any person with authorized access to your vehicle can open the door and temporarily remove the tape if this they need to verify this number.