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Suggestions for Safe BART Parking

Original post made by Paranoid, Bridle Creek, on Sep 5, 2012

Can anyone suggest how to prevent this from happening again? We've ruled out parking in the Bart structure in front of the mall. Are nearby BART stations any safer?
Two catalytic converters were stolen from our Toyota Sequoia two weeks ago. Geico's expense was $3,000 to replace this, of which they asked us to pay $300 on top of our $100 comprehensive deductible (not nice!). We were parked on the 4th floor of the Bart Station across from the Stoneridge Mall. Reported it to Pleasanton PD but report was rejected because they wanted us to report it to the Bart PD. Bart PD said this is common and that there is really nothing they can do to prevent it (after we expressed concern that this might happen again - this happened to our friend TWICE at the Concord Bart). Can't believe these crooks are getting away with this for years. Not fun having to worry everytime!

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Posted by Happened to me, too!!
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 5, 2012 at 6:04 pm

In a strip mall along Hopyard (Chili's parking lot). Tow truck driver said it was the third incident in 10 days in that lot!!! (This was mid-August) You got a good deal - we had to pay a $500 deductible, plus ins. only paid 70% of the new converters because of depreciation :o( We are out of pocket $1200 due to the theft. PPD makes you fill out a police report online.

We talked to a guy at a muffler place - he is going to make some modifications to the converters to make them less desirable/harder to take involving some welding. We figure it's well worth the $100 considering what we are out already...

I hope karma takes care of the thieves! And we're shopping for better insurance....

Good luck!

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Posted by Paranoid
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Sep 5, 2012 at 6:35 pm

Is your muffler guy local? I might start calling those types of shops, too. I am really worried it is going to happen again (since I don't think the thieves get caught or get jailed. It's like harvesting season for them...) Our auto repair shop insisted on replacing our catalytic converters with brand new ones on a 110,000 mile-Sequoia (to the dismay of Geico). Can't let those thieves steal our brand new converters!

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Posted by Steve
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 5, 2012 at 8:46 pm

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Posted by Maggie
a resident of Valencia
on Sep 6, 2012 at 8:24 am

Not sure you'll be safe anywhere except your own garage - my friend had theirs stolen while their car was parked in their driveway. Police can only be in so many places at once to catch them in the act. Crazy times!

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Posted by A Neighbor
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 6, 2012 at 11:14 am

There is one American-made anti-theft device for catalytic converters on the market that was recommended by a local shop. Maybe you insurance company will cut your rates if you have one installed?

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Posted by To A Neighbor
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Sep 6, 2012 at 6:46 pm

Thanks. I will ask the shops that I call about the anti-theft device. I need peace of mind.

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Posted by liberalism is a disease
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 7, 2012 at 8:33 am

liberalism is a disease is a registered user.

$119 on it now before the state starts confiscating taxes on your purchases from Amazon!

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