So a few days ago I noticed something odd as I approached my car. The visor was down. I only rarely use the visor and never leave it 'down' so I knew something was off. It seems someone had been in my car. When I got to the door I noted that it wasn't fully closed, just enough to touch the body. The visor was down, the center console was open, the glove box was open. All of my 'stuff' was rifled through and sitting on the drivers seat. Thankfully I don't keep many valuable things in the car and the only things missing were my iPod Touch and a wad of single dollar bills.
There was no damage to the car inside or out, just my sense of security.
I assume that I left the car unlocked the night before. That's fairly odd for me, but again no damage to the car was done. No indication of a slim jim being used to unlock the car, no scratches, no indication the panel was removed to access the door key slot. The trunk (so far as I can tell) wasn't accessed. No other cars in my driveway were accessed or damaged. I park in a covered car port next to my garage that leaves the drivers side doors facing away from the house, anybody could walk up to the car and have full access to the drivers side without anybody in the house seeing it. The only indication would be the lights turning on and flooding the driveway.
There have been many reports in my locality of cars being broken into in a similar manner. All of them unlocked, no damage done, things being stolen from inside.
So again, I assume that I left the car unlocked.
I guess I have a couple questions.
1) Doesn't the alarm work if the car is unlocked? The car has the IA keys and it seems like it would be easy enough to sound the alarm if the door was opened and a key wasn't in range.
2) Is there any way for the locks to automatically engage? Say 5 minutes after the car is off and not accessed? I searched through the manual and checked the car's menus and didn't see any feature like that.
3) Is there anyway to open a locked car without access to the keys. I know both of the keys were in secured location and have no reason to suspect anybody that had access to them.
I ask the last question as the thought of leaving the car but NOT locking it really bothers me. It's complete habit to park the car, push the button to turn it off, gather up my things, exit the vehicle, close the door, and rub my hand across the door handle to lock it. The mere possibility that I don't always do that is getting me more than a little paranoid and I've taken my fob to the window and 'locked' the car several times since this has happened just for peace of mind.
Yes, an iPod and a few dollars of cash were taken from me, but the only thing I care about being stolen was my sense of security and peace of mind. Any help anybody can provide and getting me those things back would be MOST appreciated.