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Car Security in the 1970s

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A bit of car security for you from 1978, on how easy it is to break into a car and also how security conscious people were back this video proved..not many. Tony Bastable and Taylor Shaw reports. First transmitted on the Thames TV 'Drive in' Show in 02/03/1978 If you would like to license a clip from this production please e mail


Spencer Wilton : To be fair, that's allegro door is fully shut. That's just a typical British leyland panel gap making it look part open...

Jetdot37 : 1:53 Borat in grey suit.

Solvalou : My god, how things have changed. . . Not just car security, but also the attitude to car owners back then not bothering to lock all doors.

Mr. Shankly : 1:52 Borat in the background.

PROTEK123 : I am off to Brent cross.. who wants a fur coat ?

grapewater123 : Saaaaab

Del Johnson : If I owned an all-agro. I'd leave it open with the engine running.

Franco Martini : My father used to own a 1968 Ford Cortina Mk.II that he purchased in 1970. One day in the mid-'70s he walked out of the factory he worked in at the end of his shift, walked to the car park, unlocked his car, got in, and was about to drive away when a man knocked on the driver's door. My father rolled down the window and asked him what he wanted, to which the man replied, "What are you doing in my car?" My father said, "I'm not in your car. This is my car." The man insisted that he get out which my father did and sure enough when he looked at the number plate, it was different to the one belonging to his car. With not a little embarassment, he apologised and then located his own car in a different part of the car park. This was par for the course back in the day. My car was a 1973 Ford Escort Mk.I in that period and despite having a completely different type of key, I had no difficulty whatsover unlocking my dad's car with it.

Steve Powell : Inspector Parsons in his attire could be a copper on The Sweeney

☀️ Sunny Days ☀️ : Rocking that moustache and side burns!

Kim Jonny : Is that Borat @ 1:53 ?

Billy Bigboy : The way he stands to unlock the door and boot it's obvious that he has a knob shaped like a master key, he just bangs that batboy into lock and bingo, it open, also works well on medieval chastity belts apparently.

dave jones : Hilarious if they opened a boot and found a body!!!!

conan howard : I had an E Type in the 70s and found it was better to leave it unlocked, as the bastards would cut the hood to get in . I had an ignition kill switch and a fuel pump kill switch hidden away .. the price of a new hood back then was about 6 weeks wages...

Mark Stafford : Brent Cross looks much the same now !!!

marin Abrams : i can imagine in the future you will press a button to unlock your car

Incognito : RIP Saab

Disco Biscuit : Lots of cassettes in there 🤣

Spamfitters : Most 70s cars were junk anyhow

Jonathan Roberts : I would love to transport captain sideburns and his theif to 2018 , and give them a fully specced BMW with keyless ignition - that app that lets you manouvre the car . Imagine the comedy as you secretly , each time the theif approached the car to locate the locks , found it backing off. He'd wonder what was in his steak and kidney pudding last night lol !. Herbie goes banannas comedy scenes I think lol

John Berry : I lived in the England in 1978 and yes it was a s dull and deary as it looked.

Adam Vester : Actually answering questions :o dont get that these days.

Minislayer2010 : TVX 572R was due to be taxed September 1991

alien : Too bad that Saab didn’t made car anymore.

The Internet : I'd love to find a car park full of these cars today. Amazing how even the most common cars from back then are all but a memory now...

Wahian1 : when I was getting rid of an old Bedford Viva van in the late 70s, which had spent it's life trying to revert back to iron ore, two guys in a Land Rover arrived to cart it off. Before I went to get the keys, the driver had the van door open. When I asked how he opened it so fast, he said he used his Land Rover key; it opened most cars.

cjmillsnun : Taylor Shaw? You mean Shaw Taylor... It seriously shows that you are a shadow of Thames TV which was a quality broadcaster until forced off the air because of the broadcasting act 1990. You can't even get the name of the presenter right. Shaw Taylor was well known at the time because of Police 5.

Dave K : Golden era for car thieves

Simon Geoffrey : Borat at 1:53 ....

Stuart D : Upon watching the guy in the brown jumper break in to them cars. I'm convinced he must have Dr Who's sonic screwdriver. Or he "borrowed " it from the BBC props department...

G Slim : This video is worth it just for the comments!! All that has changed now is that they smash the front door in of your house, beat the living daylights out of you after you hand over the car keys and then steal your car. Yep, times have changed.

Vincent de Guard : i use to leave nappies with melted chocolate on the dashboard...never once had my car broken into

Prespa : Time changed with the crime from 70's till now. I know why but do you guys?

HJP1 HJP2 : 40 years ago.

Melody Storm : 4:13 Is that a DATSUN 100A IN THE BACK?!?

Mr2pint : wow that must have been the golden days for thieves - unlocked cars, no alarms back then, no cameras, how things have changed..

John Citizen : Out of all the cars featured: TVX572R (1977 Escort 1.3) - Due September 1991 YKG690M - (1974/75 W114/115) - no record RLM106L (1973 1.6 Cortina) - Due October 1984 MLB207P (1975 1.3 Passat) - Due June 1990 RKG499M (1974 4.2 Series II) - Due December 1996 MYH35P (1976 1.1 Allegro) - Due January 1985 (surprised it lasted this long!) SFC1P (1976 1.3 Escort) - Due March 1988

Roodosutaa : 5:05 I was half expecting him to put a Mr Bean style padlock in the guy's hand.

tiffany branton : Screwdriver wud be enough to pop the locks or a nail file lol 😂😄

liverush24 : My 1976 mkII Escort was hyper-easy to break into - my early 2000s Ford Ka was JUST as easy to break into. I even accidentally opened a mid-2000s model, that I mistook for my car! Terrible locks.

Karl Mk : I used to be able to unlock and start Fords and Rovers with the key from a tin of corned beef, just as quick as the guy in this video, not that I'm admitting to anything, nope not me.

scott thompson : Where do you buy sideburns like that ????? 🤣🤣🤣

tiffany branton : The all aggro drivers door left partially open lol in fact shud have just left the door open or window down 🤣

James Nicholson : The Ford escort was the very first car my mam and dad had back in 84.In all fairness we had it years a blue one and brilliant on fuel.

Jackomac43 : Good on ya Saab. You are missed.

Stephen Whitehead : That rubbish allegro I'd have left them some shopping in the boot for them poor sods

2012daffyduck : And when we look at motoring shows of today - like top gear -- it's let's blow stuff up, do burnouts on outrageously expensive cars... should've been born in the 1950's to enjoy the 1970's.

William Munny : Amazing to see a policeman that gives two farts for car theft / burglary from a car. These days they couldn't be less bothered

Septimiu Razvan Bot : So in the 70's mercedes had centrall loking and english car not....😂😂😂😂😂