It is apparent that you don’t have a criminal mind… which is
Most cars, today, are stolen for parts… A car stolen on Monday,
will be parts being shipped out on Wednesday… maybe as late as Friday.
Besides, with our old cars, a restamped Commission Plate that
matches a title from an old dead car would take five minutes to change… a
quick trip to the MOT (or whatever agencies registers vehicles in Europe),
and you have a “clean, legal” car to sell, use, or whatever… (and I’m not
saying anything that the criminals don’t already know and do!!)
In the Art World, paintings are often stolen for “private collections”
that are never seen by anyone but the “owner”… Jaguars are sort of useless
as Objects d’Art. Plus there are any number of countries (even states in the
US) that don’t require a “title” to register the vehicle, but will issue
one… once the “title” and registration are “officially entered” in
someone’s name, it’s a “legal” vehicle…
Think about it, when you see an XK, do you “dig around” to see is ALL
the Numbers on the Commission Plate match those on the component parts??
Neither do 90% of the people buying old cars…
I don’t think anyone “condones” theft, but nearly all law enforcement
agencies are “swamped” with theft reports… The day my house was
burglarized, so were three hundred other houses in Ft. Worth… the day
before and the day after were the same, as were every day since… FWPD had
ten detectives to “solve” these 300 cases every day… the reality was, they
were lucky to solve one!! And this was just house burglaries… not car
thefts, robberies (strong arm and armed), assaults, aggravated assaults
(rapes), murders, muggings, etc.
We, as law abiding citizens, need to “do our part” by being observant,
reporting suspicious activities, etc. as well as “getting involved”
Also, I feel a “failing” on the part of the group Heinz was with was a
simple lack of security. Back in the late '70’s/early '80’s, when the
Dallas Jag club held it’s annual Concours, there were two “security” people
on duty for four hour shifts, all thru the night, and during the day when
“inside” social events were going on, these people were club members who
stayed with the Jags in the show. They weren’t “police”, only “observers”
in the event something happened, their job was to contact the authorities
(fire or PD), the hotel security, etc. Plus, arrangements had been made with
the Dallas PD to have a patrol car make a few tours of both the exterior
parking lots and the underground parking lot (where the concours was held)
as a “show of force” and a deterrent for any would-be trouble-makers.
It’s hard to get “volunteers” to work all day then stay up (or get up)
into the wee hours of the morning, but the protection of millions of dollars
worth of Jags is well worth everyone’s involvement and sacrifice of a few
On a “tour” like Heinz was on, if the hotel didn’t offer enclosed,
secure parking, then the only option would have been to have some folks
staying with the Jags thoughout the night… or hire local off-duty law
officers. This adds to the cost of a tour, but how much is Heinz’s 140 worth
in the overall scheme of things??
Charles #677556.----- Original Message -----
It sounds like certain cars are “targeted” and subsequently stolen! Who
want’s them and how are they “registered” for use should be publicized.
Where or what countries cast a “blind eye” to this sort of thing should
also be made public. Locations that “condone” this type of crime should
be highlighted and perhaps avoided (boycotted) for all matters.