No One Steals Stuff That Is "Marginally Decent"
Well, here’s to hoping that the mobile entertainment industry knows what they are doing. For unless they begin to manufacture products that people want to steal again, we are going to lose the auto glass replacement business in this country. The clock is ticking on another time-honored industry.
From a recent article by Laura Sullivan, I learn that car stereo thefts are down over 50 percent in the last 15 years. The two primary reasons may be that OEM products sound better to the compressed audio generation, and that all those installation problems you are facing today. These are now the same issues facing your friendly neighborhood thief as well. Sullivan tells us that a 2004 VW radio will not fit in a 2006 Mustang! This is but another subtle issue that has caused a dramatic decline in car stereo theft.
Leave your car doors unlocked, America, because no one cares about your stereo anymore. You can take solace now knowing that not only is your business down with consumers, but thieves are totally ignoring you and your business. There is no market for stolen factory radios, there really never was, and the industry has done such a good job in disguising aftermarket products that these genius thieves can no longer tell the difference. What are we doing?