Is it paranoid to keep doors locked while driving?

Dear Car Talk

Dear Car Talk | Oct 01, 1994

Dear Tom and Ray:

I'm hoping you can settle a disagreement. My fiancee thinks I am being excessively paranoid for wanting the car doors locked while driving. I say that with car-jackings and random stop light robberies occuring in all major cities, locking the doors while in the car is the least precaution you can take. Can you back me up? I know if you give me written endorsement, he'll take the idea more seriously. Thanks.

TOM: Forget him, Evelyn. Lock YOUR door and leave his open!

RAY: Actually, you're right, Evelyn. It's unfortunate, but if you live in a high crime area, it now makes sense to lock your doors while you're in your car. It makes it a little less likely that some bonehead is going to try to take advantage of you when you're trapped at an intersection. It's a sad state of affairs, but we have to agree with you.

TOM: So if your fiancee still won't lock the doors after reading this, then you should take matters into your own hands. Have some big bumper stickers made up that say "S.A.W.O.F.F.: Semi-Automatic Weapon On-board For Fun." 1086

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