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IsThisYourCar.com would help people find their stolen
and help people clean up their neighborhoods.
Many areas have a problem with abandoned cars and
authorities dont have means to tow them. Often the
vehicles are stolen and dumped - but police dont
look for stolen
vehicles, instead relying on luck and tips
IsThisYourCar.com would be an online gallery of
abandoned cars. Entries
contain at minimum:
- One or more pictures of vehicle
- Text description to include make, model, color,
- Location, by nearest cross streets or map
- License plate, or notation that its missing
- VIN, or notation that it was missing or blocked
The entire gallery would be searchable by date of
entry and any of the data fields given. Entries would not
be deleted but may be marked removed if the car is
moved from its spot.
All entries would be submitted by site users and
by site admins to weed out unusable entries, jokes, etc.
anonymized mailing system (similar to Craigslist) would
allow users and admins to discuss listings with some
of privacy. Very limited online comment section but
would be able to update their own (and possibly others)
listings with notes ... e.g., owner found, police towed,
The website would initially be financed and run on a
volunteer basis. But it could eventually be monetized by
advertising, or fees from high volume search users.
Target market might be insurance companies, local
departments, people looking for parts they can strip,
vandals looking for an easy target, and of course - car
thieves/joyriders who were so stoned they forgot where
they left the thing.
Despite those last tongue-in-cheek remarks, on balance I
think such a website would do more good than harm.
Close but not quite... [kdf, Jul 13 2020]
||An unintended consequence of the development of DNA analysis is that joy-riders, instead of just abandoning a vehicle with nothing more than a few dents, a broken steeling lock, and an empty fuel tank, now torch the car to destroy any DNA and fingerprint evidence.
||As a result, insured losses have increased very substantially over recent years; where once a car might have been recovered and repaired, now they're a total loss.
||Even without DNA analysis, the
condition of many abandoned vehicles in our hood
already matches 8ths description. And unless its
related to some other noteworthy crime, cops
around here dont look very hard for car thieves.
||On my own street theres one frequent offender
who (probably) isnt a car thief himself (anymore),
though he may be
receiving stolen property. He runs a wildcat
salvage operation on his front lawn. Cars show up
(often late at night), get stripped and sometimes
chopped to little bits. Often the undrivable
remains get dragged off of his lawn and left in the
street ... never less than 100 yards from his place
but rarely more than 200.
||Neither his landlady, the police, nor city code
enforcement seem willing or
able to stop it. Though unhappy about it, most
of the neighbors are too
well mannered to arrange a fiery but plausible
accident. Ive considered bringing in someone like
8th or the
Piranha Brothers - but as my own house would
within the likely blast radius Id prefer a more
||"Surgical precision: to within a couple of inches either way, with lots of blood and screaming, plenty of sawdust on the floor and a tub in the corner for the bits, and then they slap hot tar on the stump ..."
||That is 8th's house you're describing, so no need to
"bring him in".
||Meh, the problem with asking 8th (or anyone
of his ilk) for help ... Once you have paid him the
Danegeld / You never get rid of the Dane.
||The media would gladly take the task.
||But even if you don't go to the media, sounds like an open
channel on youtube called stolencarscam (intended) or
maybe carstrip (also), where people would gleefully watch
your neighbor and his car strip show, and once in a while
recognize their own.