Monday, November 24, 2008 4:01:18 PM
TFA gets discussed at community meetings by the police all the time. It's basically break out a window, grab something, and move on. Quick. Very little evidence left.
Outside of a locked garage, the best way, apprently, to avoid it is simply not to have anything visible in the car that might seem good to steal. And easy to fence.
"Anything" means the obvious, such as laptops and iPods, and also the non-obvious, such as a CD, perhaps indicating a CD player. Or an iPod earpiece. Or even a suction cup ring on the window suggesting a GPS device somewhere in the car.
Further note: Don't put those items in the trunk when you park. You may be watched. Do it before you get here, say while in Ward 3.
It is some help to have a local licence plate (DC, MD, VA) as then you are more likely to appear in court than someone from North Carolina or Texas. And yes, Dallas Cowboys decals in the window may indicate lower IQ, but an iPod is still an iPod.