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Car parts thieves want most — and how to protect them

Microsoft IES Logo By Jason Buckland for MSN Autos of Microsoft IES | Slide 1 of 13

A how-to guide to keep your beloved car intact, and the way you want it

Late last month, a Winnipeg man noticed a peculiar thing. His car had been robbed, but there was no sign of forced entry -- no broken window, mangled lock or forced door handle. The man figured, he later said, that his wife must have left the car unlocked.But the Manitoban checked security cameras he'd had installed above his driveway, and noticed thieves approaching his car and unlocking it as if they had keys of their own. What they had, security experts say, was a cheap $5 device that sent an electromagnetic pulse through the car's key area, unlocking it at the press of a button. For now, drivers may be powerless against the simple gadget, which can only be thwarted if you visit a mechanic to have your car's keyless entry system disabled, but that doesn't mean it needs to be open season for auto crooks across the board.Here are ten parts of your car criminals target most, and how to protect them from being stolen.Video: Ninja driver avoids flying pickup
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