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Old 08-08-2012, 06:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Thieves with Master Keys Taking Tacomas in Calfornia



A recent string of thefts in Santa Barbara, CA. have led police to believe that thieves have gained access to master keys that work on 2002-2005 Toyota Tacomas.

A theft of a Tacoma just over two weeks ago in Santa Barbara first led the police onto the scam. The man had just bought the truck as a private sale. The police investigation discovered that the license plates on the Toyota in Bakersfield. Since then, three more Tacoma trucks have been stolen in Santa Barbra.

Santa Barbara Police Lt. Paul McCaffrey said "I don't know how this particular person got this key, but I do know that someone moderately sophisticated could create [and duplicate] keys that could open a wide range of vehicles."

Toyota spokesman, Moe Durand, does not believe that this master key theory is possible.

Police do have one man in custody who was caught driving a stolen vehicle with stolen plates. They are however urging people to park their Tacomas in secure garages or add a club lock.

[Source: ABC News]
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They are however urging people to park their Tacomas in secure garages or add a club lock.

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You ever see that video of them hacksawing through the steering wheel on a vehicle with "The Club" solidly locked?

Takes about three seconds.
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You ever see that video of them hacksawing through the steering wheel on a vehicle with "The Club" solidly locked?

Takes about three seconds.
Yep, I remember it. I was thinking of that when I read the other post.
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No transponder chips in those keys? As far as I know, only a dealership can marry up a transponder key to a specific car, unless you have one or 2 sets of keys that go to that particular vehicle?
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My truck was stolen back in 09 and cops said the same thing! Apparently their are devices that make bypassing the transponder chips pretty easy! Cops went on to say that this group of thieves were targeting newer toyotas specifically. Funny thing is they caught the sons a bitches and let them go... They then fled the state, at which point the detectives told me they would show up again in the system and I would get retribution. (doubt I'll ever see a damn penny) I do still get things in the mail from state of Arizona with updates about it all. It pretty much gives me the guys name and that they are still looking for him...
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If I had the guys name, I would find my own way of paying him back.
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Might have to start looking into LoJack =(
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That is crazy. Better make sure the insurance is paid up and look into a GPS locating system.
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When they broke into my truck awhile back they had a universal clicker that bypasses alarms and open up tundras with out the horns goin off. Neighbor Showed the cops the survelince video but they didn't care. They got two other tundras on our block. Needless to say I park my truck in the garage now.
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If its transponder chipped keys I call BS. I'm to believe that some car thieves have successfully cracked a 30 character security code, and then solved the algorithm for that 30 character code that changes it every time you start the car?

If this is true put a bait car out and catch these guys. Then put them to work on cracking the Tundra's ECU. Should be a walk in the park.
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