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Topic: Latest: Family Says Car Burglarized in the Magic Kingdom Parking Lot

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Tue 1/8/2013 2:38p
This topic is for Discussion of Latest: Family Says Car Burglarized in the Magic Kingdom Parking Lot

A Mississippi family says they returned to their car in the Magic Kingdom parking lot on Saturday to find their computer, GPS, Christmas gifts and gun had all been stolen. Disney told the family there are no security camera in some of the parking lots including the Magic Kingdom. The article also says, according to the Sheriff Office and Disney security officers, car thieves are cruising the parking lots at local attractions with a handful of keyless entry devices until a car's lights or alarms go off. 

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schnebs
Tue 1/8/2013 2:38p
Lessee... a family goes to the MK with a car full of valauable stuff, leave the car for a few hours, and they're shocked - SHOCKED! - to discover the car's been broken into and the stuff's been stolen while they're gone. Imagine that - someone would dare to steal stuff from other people at Disney... (sigh)

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FerretAfros
Tue 1/8/2013 3:03p
Somehow I suspect that they didn't do a good job of hiding things out of view. Everywhere you park, there are signs telling you to do this, and that the owner of the lot isn't responsible for any loss (Disney prints it on the back of the parking ticket/card).

I saw on the news this morning that someone had stolen the wheels off of an SUV at an area movie theater in a fairly nice area, during daylight. This seems a lot more surprising to me, since a theme park's parking lot is relatively quiet throughout most of the day, while a movie theater (at the mall) tends to have a lot more people walking/driving through. Still, nothing seems to surprise me these days, sadly.
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schnebs
Tue 1/8/2013 5:12p
<<Somehow I suspect that they didn't do a good job of hiding things out of view.>>

Totally agree, FerretAfros. The fact that these folks went to WESH to complain rather than just admit they did something that probably wasn't very smart leads me to suspect that there'll be a lawsuit coming against Disney soon, accusing them of not doing enough to keep cars from being broken into. Sorry, but Happiest Place on Earth or not, the Disney parks are still visited by plain old regular people, and some of them will take advantage of others' naivete/stupidity if they get the opportunity; you have to prepare accordingly.
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Megara
Tue 1/8/2013 5:17p
A gun??

Are you serious??

Who brings a gun to Disney?

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RoadTrip
Tue 1/8/2013 5:26p
The family is from Mississippi. What do you expect?
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standor
Tue 1/8/2013 6:06p
Why would a family going to a theme park have all that equipment in their car?
I'm willing to bet that this is a hoax to get money from Disney.
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Indigo
Tue 1/8/2013 7:26p
Actually, the car was likely targeted because the remote keyless access responded to a similar piece of remote keyless entry technology thieves use to troll parking lots looking for cars that will unlock. When they find one, they take whatever is inside that looks valuable. This allows thieves to enter the car without doing anything that would appear out of the ordinary to security (unless they've been watching them troll the parking lots via security cameras, but - of course, there are no security cameras at Disney World's parking lots). They even close and lock the car doors when they're done. Sometimes a family gets all the way home before noticing they've been looted.

Why this isn't a bigger issue is beyond me. Seems like something that car companies would want to fix before they get really bad press when a car owner is hurt or killed when confronted during an break-in in progress.
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SuperDry
Tue 1/8/2013 7:33p
<<< Actually, the car was likely targeted because the remote keyless access responded to a similar piece of remote keyless entry technology thieves use to troll parking lots looking for cars that will unlock. When they find one, they take whatever is inside that looks valuable.>>>

And, this form of attack is impervious to keeping valuables out of plain sight. Perhaps the victims in this case had everything securely stored in the trunk. The thieves drive by, the trunk pops open, and the rest is history.
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tashajilek
Tue 1/8/2013 10:12p
"A gun??

Are you serious??

Who brings a gun to Disney?



Idiots.

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