On the way to work this morning, my carpool buddy and I were discussing car radios. She remembered living in New York a while back and how it was common to see signs in car windows that said “no radio,” to deter thieves. She noted that the practice of posting those signs seemed to have diminished, if not disappeared.
A few questions we came up with:
- Are people, in fact, posting “no radio” signs in their cars less frequently?
- Have thefts of car radios (or other dashboard electronics) declined in the last few decades?
- If so, why?
Assuming car radio thefts have gone down, we had a few hypotheses: car manufacturers have made it more and more difficult to steal car radios, so it’s a less attractive crime. Which prompted another question: is it actually harder to steal car radios now than it used to be in the '80s or '90s?
Or: Car radios are not worth that much anymore, so even if you can get them out of the dash in one piece, it’s not an attractive thing to steal.
Or: Other things that tend to be left in cars make better quick theft targets – iPods, laptops, Blackberries, cell phones, whatever.
Anyone have any data on any of these questions?