I think we nearly had our car stolen just this afternoon (Saturday/Feb03/07) at Ortigas Home Depot parking area, and possibly worse. Around 3:40 pm, my wife and I were leaving Ortigas Home Depot, after having picked up an order of floor tiles. We exited the building via the doorway opening onto the exit driveway (that is to say, the doorway opening in the direction of Meralco Avenue; there's a plot of garden plants for sale there), to our car, which was parked just outside, along the exit driveway to allow easy loading of the tiles. The whole parking strip was almost empty, except for our car and this silver Toyota (I'm poor with model types) 4-door compact which had parked right beside it within the time we were inside the building. Two heavyset, dark fellas were on either side of our car, one with his face almost pressed against our driver's side window, as if looking down at the steering wheel area; the other using two (2!) cellphones at the same time. On seeing me, the guy looking into our car backed away slowly, and un-shouldered a small carrying bag, and stared hard at me while. The guy with the cellphones kept one conversation going and reached with the free hand into their car through the window, also staring hard at me. I tried to use my car remote to trigger the alarm, but got no result. It seems that at that point, my wife, and two store employees with the trolleys bearing our tiles, hove into view behind me (I had walked ahead to pop open the trunk, and there seemed to have been some receipt-check red tape at the exit to slow the others down further), because the two guys got into their Toyota, no rush. I backed up several steps to cut off my wife's progress, as the Toyota pulled out and then drove off to the lot exit. The Toyota had license plate ZBV 296, with a subtle white "MACH2000 decal" on the rear windshield(?), and sparkling wheel mags you could eat off of. The Toyota was very, very well finished. If I misread the whole scenario (which I doubt), sorry na lang sa owner ng license plate mentioned, but at the minimum, you were out of line looking into my car like you did, and for staring hard at me the way you did. Effing gun ban. I'm not unfamiliar with body postures when preparing to draw, and the guy with the phones was sure tensed up like he was meaning to. Signal Jammers, Readers Maybe you can correct me on this, but it seems to me there are many areas in the metropolis where signal jammers seem to be in use. You know what I'm talking about: places where your car remote seems not to work as well. Three places come to mind: Ortigas Home Depot Greenhills Shopping Complex Metrowalk I'm guessing the plan is to wait for some poor shmuck to think he's locked his car, (remote locks in silent mode) when in actuality he hasn't. Easy to then loot or even steal the unattended, unlocked car. I'm a little concerned about this crap, because it's not too hard to build a signal reader, and am seriously considering removal of the remote system, and going back to manual keying. Think about it: they park and wait, read your signal as you lock up, and somehow use the info to generate an unlock signal. This afternoon I had no problem locking up as we were about to enter Home Depot. On exiting, the remote would not work. After the Toyota had left, I opened the door physically with the key and the alarm went off. Only when I put the remote right up next to the alarm unit did it respond. Back home 5:00 p.m. it worked fine. I was using the Honda City kanina, and it's not a pretty car. It looks like a POS, though it drives pretty well. For some reason I've never had a problem driving the Ford Focus... aside from the the fact that the Focus itself is a POS. Ingat lang kayo diyan. Effing gun ban... horge Wanna kill these ads? We can help!