Words by Jade Lu
Today’s automobiles have come a long way from their predecessors decades ago. We live in a time when automatic controls come as standard features, and mechanical controls are incorporated with circuitry. The automotive industry has turned to electronics for power locks, power windows, and power-open trunks. Sensors and alarms have been designed for added safety to drivers and passengers. From automatic brakes to bumper cameras, child locks to safety latches; it seems as if car designers have covered almost all areas of safety and security. Almost.
Last month, our writer Christopher Kho along with friends including myself, brought a test unit for a spin up and about Baguio City. After going around some of the popular destinations, we decided to park the car at the hotel where it was safe, and continued our trip of the surrounding area on foot. After a day of pinecones, butterflies, and sandwiches taller than a hand’s span, we arrived back at the hotel to something we weren’t quite expecting. Security called our attention to inform us that the trunk of the car we were testing was found open. To our surprise, there were no marks on the car, no signs of forced entry, and the car alarm didn’t even let out peep. The incident left all of us baffled, which prompted us to investigate.