I dont use remote locking devices etc, because 4 years ago, on a sunday afternoon at like 3:00pm, I parked my Eddie Bauer for explorer right on abbott st in front of the pier. I had a hide a key under my wheel well, some mexican gangsters stole it using the hide a key. Insurance paid me for it, but I had 4 brand new surfboards in the back that i got a total of $200 bucks for.... Pain in the as$. Truck recovered in the mexican ghetto in SE san diego 31 days later. Stripped...
Long story short, I always use the little key ring in my wetsuit and take the key with me. I also have a engine shut off feature that I set off every time I step out of my truck.... If anyone ever sees you hide your keys, you could get jacked... not worth it. sucks bad.
For those of you that have a key that cannot get wet:
Try going to Pep Boys etc... to get a copy of your key for $2-$3. The key should work to unlock the car but not to start it. You can now hide your real key in your car and keep the spare key in your wetsuit./boardshorts.............
if you make a copy of your key and use the copy to unlock your door YOU STILL HAVE THE KEY THAT WILL WORK IN THE EGNITION INSIDE THE CAR!!!! all someone has to do is break a window and they have a brand new car to joy ride then strip before you get out of the water...
I surf ac all the time, so i think about this everytime, but the best thing to do is keep NOTHING of value in your car.
when i have my camera and laptop with me for an after work sesh, i fold up my back seat lock it form the inside and keep everythign of value in the trunk. (the only reason this is 100% is becasue the latch to my trunk from the inside of the car is busted)
wb and you can find me at crystal and sweetwater and all over wb.
when i drive my explorer i leave the key inside the car in my secret compartment that no one knows about except my friends where i store my wax. then i lock my car via the key pad which no one knows the code except my family and my friends know. and when im done surfing bam hit the code and walla la keys are there. and when i drive my dads truck i hide the keys in a secret place in the bed or in the hitch since i always have my boat hitch in and my friend blocks traffic and no one knows where my keys are. but when i go to my beach house i just put my keys on the key ring since all the neighbors know who drives what car and no one goes and steals my keys.
what i always do is: when i park the truck,i throw my keychain & remote entry device in my console under a bunch of stuff.i then take my spare car key from my wallet & seal it in the pocket of my boardshorts,lock the truck up tight & head to the waves.everything's locked up & i have a secured key on my person.reguardless if you do like me or not,you really have no reason to take your house key to the beach,lock it up in the car,then you have 1 less thing to get lost.my thought is the less you have,the less you loose.