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Hi Rob thank you for volunteering your time to answer questions.

I have a 2011 Ford F150 that was recently broken into. not much was stolen since i don't keep valuables in it.
However, it got me wondering: How the h*ll did they get into it without ANY damage or tell-tale signs of the break-in? The truck does not have an alarm, only keyless entry. there were no signs of forced entry, no signs (scrapes or otherwise) of using a slimjim ( the truck was very dirty and i would think i would see some surface disruption at least) - nada! so my question is: does there exist a 'master' code for the keyless enty pad on the driver side door? Is it possible that a thief can obtain a code from a dealer with the VIN number? Reading through some of your responses to others there may be the possibility the doors were not locked even though i always use the remote to lock up and hear the resulting beep. Maybe due to some interference, the doors didn't actually lock? Plausible?
I am now in the market for a complete security system including remote start and engine disable - currently looking into the Viper. Any other suggestions? I would also like to experiment with placing motion-sensor cameras in the cab and have a Muvi mini camcorder which records when it detects motion to a micro SD card I can use. the problem is battery reliability and placement. I can fabricate a piece to keep it in place but the battery life is still an issue. Have you heard of any companies doing this? Point being that although the punks don't steal my vehicle, I would like to know who they are. :)

Thanks again



Vehicles are not secure cut and dry. All one has to do is get a key made off the VIN. If not programmed won't start, but easy to obtain a key-very easy and only GM keeps records!

It doesn't really matter what brand of security you get, because almost all are made by directed electronics, the makers of the Viper. No one listens to blaring sirens anymore.
I would recommend 2 things. Get a paging system so you are notified of a break in, Don't count one your neighbors!
Secondly, the valet switch must not be mounted under the dash. That turns the alarm on and off and must be hidden! If permanently mounted under dash, thief can find it. Also get a starter interrupt. The main thing though is for you to be notified. Depending on where you live and budget cuts, if you are in a big city and someone is breaking in, don't hold your breath for the cops.

Don't experiment with a motion detector. Notorious for false triggers.

As far as the door buttons. Ford used to have issues where they would go to default and the buttons could be pressed from left to right or different combinations and door would unlock. Look at how secure this truck is with all the plastic for the door lock and handle. Its a joke!

Its possible you were a victim of RF or EMI. That means if there was an ambient signal when you locked the vehicle with the key fob, it did not lock. You are dealing with electronics here and there are far too many variables to explain what happened there.

As I said, vehicles are less secure now than they were 10 years ago. However, if your truck is stolen and you turn in a theft claim, you will need to speak with me. There will be an investigation and you will be accused of the theft because according to your insurance company and their so-called forensic locksmiths, it will be inferred you drove the truck last.
I represent my clients from the beginning of these investigations. You would be victimized by the theft. By Ford who lied to you. From the denial of the claim and potential prosecution.
I am a professional thief that does not steal cars. I am slow compared to a guy that steals every day. However a programmed key can be easily made for all Fords and other makes and models with a programmer for $150 on the Internet. In other words, all this security from Ford you think is there, isn't secure at all!
I could have your truck in one minute! The dealer will tell you that your truck can't be stolen. All I would say there is ignorance is dangerous.

Please do not misunderstand. A truck like yours is a nice vehicle. Its just not secure!

You have the Ford PATS (Passive anti theft system) that does not nor ever was designed to stop theft.

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My background in auto theft is extensive. I have been directly involved in the repair of over 10,000 theft recovered vehicles. I also do insurance investigation as to how a vehicle was last operated. My clients are insurance companies and attorneys. Was featured in the A & E auto theft documentary "Stealing Wheels" July 26, 2000. Has consulted with Daimler Chrysler steering column engineers to make their steering columns harder to defeat. Holds patent # 6,039,140 for 8 different variations to protect air bags from theft.


ROB PAINTER, ASE, CFL, CFEI Forensic Vehicle Component Analyst Diplomate, Board Certified Forensic Examiner ASE Certified Auto, Collision, Med/Hvy/Duty Truck Technician Certified Forensic Locksmith Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator Certified Forensic Auto Theft Examiner Certified Auto Theft and Fraud Expert P.O. Box 190 Big Bend, WI 53103 Phone (414) 698-9696 Fax (262) 662-1352 As per federal court rules of evidence (702) (Daubert) my testimony has qualified me as: Auto Theft and Fraud Expert Forensic Vehicle Analyst Fire Origin and Cause Expert In the trial transcript of Holiday vs Progressive Insurance Company (March 12, 2002?Eugene, Oregon) with Holiday being my client-named ?the expert for experts.? BUSINESS EXPERIENCE Founder of the ?Forensic Institute of Auto Theft Analysis? (January 2002). This is the training school that will set the standards in determining the last operation of a reported stolen vehicle-burned or unburned. Much of my testing and procedures have been accepted as the guide for the forensic community. 1986 opened Auto Recovery Specialists Inc., providing exclusive repair of theft recovered and vandalized vehicles. The initial concept of the business was to return vehicles to their original shape before the theft, vandalism or fire. In 1987 bought the rights to the theft deterrent known as the ?Chicago Collar?. Duties include complete component replacement: dash, stereo system, interior, locks and coding, rebuilding steering columns, repairing and installing vehicle security system components (factory and after market), engine components, body repair, glass replacement, repair and service of air conditioning components, brake and suspension repair, and replacement, wiring harnesses etc. to return vehicle to pre-theft condition Complete reconstruction. During the past 17 years directly involved in the repair of over 10,000 theft-recovered and fire damaged Personally examined and rebuilt thousands of steering columns on both import and domestic vehicles Internationally acknowledged as expert in auto theft including court, consulting with insurance companies, attorneys and law enforcement. Consultant on steering columns, locks, stereo systems and vehicle security for Special Investigation Units for many large insurance carriers during the past eight years. Consulting services include but not limited to: How a vehicle was last operated (with or without keys in burned or unburned vehicles), Origin and Cause of vehicle fires, and vehicle defects. Provides services as a consultant and researcher to attorneys and insurance companies, and private industry throughout the US in cases related to vehicles. Has worked with crime prevention officers throughout the US establishing training programs designed to protect the public from becoming victims of auto theft. PATENT: 3/21/00 issued patent# 6,039,140 for 8 different variations of airbag anti-theft devices. PUBLICATIONS Currently authors articles and test reports on an ongoing basis for SIUs and the forensic/vehicle fire industry. Published author: (1,297 slide training course) Auto Theft/ Fraud Training Course) ?The Modern Forensic Approach to Auto Theft Investigation.? (January, 2001) Author: ?Variables to Be Considered In Vehicle Fire Investigation after Suppression.? (Insurance publication-November 2001) Author: ?Ford Magnesium Steering Columns and the Results to Ignition Components after a Fire?. Article for peer review from the fire and forensic community. (November 2001) Author: ?The Truth About GM VATS.? (Article) (November 2001) Author: ?The Truth About GM PASSLOCK TM? (Article) (November 2001) Author:? Auto Theft Investigation: Hollywood vs. Reality? (Article) (February 2001) For the John Cooke Fraud Report. Published author: (Manual) ?Forensic Vehicle Fire/ Arson and Auto Theft Investigation? (October 2000) Published author: (Article) ?Petty Claims? for the John Cooke Fraud Report (October, 1998) Published author (Manual) ?AUTO THEFT: LET THE TRUTH BE KNOWN!? (1998) (Previously distributed by Barnes & Nobel) Co-authored the investigation manual, ?Surreptitious Entry & Auto Theft & Burn & the Investigator.? (1999) Authored test questions on the subject of steering columns and vehicle security for CFL designation to be given by the International Association of Investigative Locksmiths. January, 2000 Published author: (Manual) ?Saginaw Steering Columns-What Has Not Been Told? Training manual for fire investigators. (March 2000) Published (Article) ?Beyond The Lock? (May 2000) Published Author: (Article) Fraud Defense Network-August, 2000 Edition-?Melting Steering Column Tests.? Published author: (Test Report) ?Burned Toyota Steering Column Testing to Determine How Last Operated?. Tool marks and procedures. (December 1999) Currently at the FBI Crime Lab in Washington DC and the US Army Crime Lab in Atlanta, GA for peer review. ACCOMPLISHMENTS Defeated the ?unstealable? Ford Securilock transponder system for a court case 10/10/00. They said it could not be done! Primary designer of a state of the art ?bait? car for a police department to catch car thieves. Worked with The National Highway Safety Transportation Administration and discovered a potential fire hazard on a vehicle and determined origin and cause of under hood fires on this type of vehicle. Featured as ?Auto Theft Expert? in the A & E auto theft documentary ?Stealing Wheels? that aired July 26, 2000. Contacted by Sears and Edelman Marketing to be a national spokesman for an anti theft device for vehicles. (November 1999) Invited to provide evaluation and consulting to steering column engineers at Daimler Chrysler Corporation in Auburn Hills, MI (10/19/99-10/22/99). The purpose of this project was to demonstrate how steering column locking mechanisms could be defeated without the use of a key and how to reinforce the columns against theft. Court Qualified as an Auto Theft Expert and my videos of defeating columns were also accepted by a Cleveland, Ohio Court in October 1999 as a valid piece of evidence. Contacted by Disney Touchstone Pictures for technical assistance in making the movie ?Gone in 60 Seconds? (March 1999) CONSULTANT FOR FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS ? Former contributor for The Insurance News Network (Auto theft and prevention) includes heading a forum for the public on how to protect their vehicles for 3+ years. ? Former editor and consultant for the public on matters involving auto theft and prevention 2000-2001 on the web at ? The Insurance Career Center (Auto theft and fraud). ? National Association of Investigative Specialists (Auto theft and fraud) ? Expert Find (Auto theft and fraud} TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE ? ASE (National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence) Certified in Auto: brakes, steering and suspension, engine repair, manual drive train and axles, air conditioning. Med/Heavy duty truck: gasoline engine repair, electrical/electronic components. Collision: elec.....

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