Car theft sucks. No matter how you look at it, having a very expensive thing such as a vehicle stolen is always going to be a bad time. Especially if someone depends on their car to get to work or ferry around loved ones. That is why car owners tend to take at least a few precautions to prevent or deter theft.
Consumers will try everything from special steering wheel locks to installing secret “kill” switches and other anti-theft gadgets. Some of those things do the job of deterring theft, but they do not do much to stop someone from entering the vehicle and stealing any belongings that are inside.
What are most vunerable to car theft?
Some cars make a more attractive target for thieves than others. It can be difficult to know which cars are more likely to be stolen than others without proper research. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), Dodge Chargers and Dodge Challengers are some of the most likely targets for car theft.
This is primarily due to the fact that they are cool cars, and they also happened to have a significant flaw that makes them so easy to steal that thieves do not even need the key. However, some cars are a bit more difficult for thieves to breach. It may sound surprising to some, but it appears that the 2010 Subaru Impreza is not a particularly easy car to get into. Even for the experienced.
The Lock Picking Lawyer
Equally intriguing as terrifying, the Lock Picking Lawyer is YouTuber and an expert-level lock picking technician (who also happens to be a lawyer) and regularly demonstrates just how easy common locks are to defeat. Some of his videos are just as funny as they are frightening. For example, in one video, he opens a gun safe using only an empty plastic orange juice bottle. In another video, he manages to open a fire safe with a coat hanger. Generally, the Lock Picking Lawyer manages to defeat most locks in less than a minute.
Recently, he decided to test his skill on a car door lock. It’s not just any lock, but the door lock from a 2010 Subaru Impreza. Some might think a small compact Japanese car would be an easier car theft target than a large, expensive American performance car. According to his latest video, those people would be technically wrong.
Picking a Subaru Impreza door lock in under five minutes
The Lock Picking Lawyer sourced a door lock from a 2010 Subaru Impreza (don’t ask us how he got it) and placed it in a vice to attempt to pick it. However, this video is not meant to be a lesson in car theft. The purpose of the experiment was to show that inexperienced lock pickers can sometimes find themselves in a bind if they are unprepared.
Specifically, the Subaru Impreza door lock has a function in which if the lock is picked; it seizes up. The Lock Picking Lawyer can get around this, but it takes him much longer than his usual lock picking attempts. He eventually gets the lock picked and returns it to normal in less than five minutes using a specialized tool.
Considering how much trouble this lock gave him, perhaps we should all be using Subaru locks to protect our belongings? Either way, we always recommend taking as many precautions as possible to avoid car theft, and that includes not leaving anything valuable in your car when parked. Though, if you happen to own a Subaru, you might have a little more protection than others.