Chicago Driver Boots His Own Car To Stop Thieves

What lengths would you go to in order to prevent your car from being stolen?

Car alarm? Lojak? Steering wheel lock?

What about booting your own automobile?

CBS 2 News came across a guy putting a boot on a car–his own car.

So they began asking questions.

Why are you doing this? Do you have outstanding parking tickets and are trying to fool the boot trucks? Where did you get your own boot?

Turns out the 20 year old driver owns a nice looking Acura Integra, one of the most stolen cars in the city. So to deter car thieves from stealing his bright yellow ride, he places a boot every time he parks on the street.

He bought on eBay for about $100 after his car got stolen once before. And believe it or not, this Integra owner has a friend who also has his own boot.

And no, he doesn’t have any outstanding parking tickets. CBS 2 checked and his ticket record was clean.

We think this young driver might be on to something.

Here’s CBS 2′s full report, “Chicago Driver Gives Himself The Boot To Guard Against Car Thieves.”

One Response to Chicago Driver Boots His Own Car To Stop Thieves

  1. B says:

    I used to read old magazines in the university library. By old I mean 1890 to about 1940. In one, probably late 19 teens or early 1920s there was an advertisement for a device to prevent auto theft. It was a lock which went between the spokes of a wheel and prevented it from turning.

    Once upon a time I was a bit concerned about my car being stolen, I remembered that and put my bicycle U-lock through the spoke of the alloy wheel up against the brake caliper preventing the wheel from turning. It was only for a couple days when I had to park on the street.

    And as CBS reports, boots are for sale for anyone who wants to buy them always have been. That’s how those private lot enforcers get them.

    It’s a method of theft prevention essentially as old as the mass produced automobile.

    Oh and of course, since it is a boot thread, a favorite of mine:
    Son of Svengoolie – “Puttin’ On The Boot” (Break #1, 1983)

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