Tuesday, November 19, 2013

HONDA YA LIKE ME NOW: Thieves Target Import Cars' Tiny Wheels

Heads up if you or someone you know owns a Honda Civic or Honda Fit.

A Lakeview resident reported on Reddit Monday night that they've seen three of these cars in "the past few weeks propped up on milk crates with all 4 wheels gone in the lakeview/ roscoe village area. I've also seen 2 people complain of these thefts on facebook."

This morning, a reader emailed these two photos to us with the following note:
Hi a toyota prius and a honda fit had their 4 wheels/tires stolen sometime on November 17/18th...on 507 and 506 West Briar, Chicago, 60657. Called police and they said not enough police to look into this matter, but it has been happening for a while now... 
If you look closely at that top picture, you'll see that both cars are missing their wheels. Classy!

CWB can also confirm that a Lincoln Park resident reported seeing the wheels being stolen off of a Honda at 12:30 Monday morning in the 2700 block of North Mildred, near Halsted and Diversey. Police officers confirmed that the wheels were stolen.

Why? According to Arlington Now,
The Honda Fit Sport model is in demand because its 15-inch allow wheels fit low-riding cars customized for street racing. They also fetch high prices on the illegal car parts market.
Images: CWB reader "NY" 

15 comments:

  1. If you own one of these cars, do not wait, go to an auto parts store and buy a set of wheel locking lug nuts.
    Catalytic converter theft is also going on. My catalytic converter was stolen in Lincoln Park last week. If you have a Honda, Toyota or Nissan suv, you are especially at risk.

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    1. Sometimes it's better not to have what everyone else has.

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    2. what did you do to prevent catalytic converter theft?

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    3. 1. Make sure you don't lose the key to those locking lug nuts. People always do.

      2. Buy them from the dealer. Those ones from the store are not OEM quality and rust. I had to have one removed with an impact wrench. Luckily I wasn't out on the highway. It was such a hassle I had them all removed and prepared to pay an insurance deductible in the future if needed. And I hate to say it but thieves can still get them off too. Watch for slow cruising tow trucks not necessarily monitoring a parking lot.

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  2. Getting closer and closer to Lincoln Park.

    Until 3 years ago, I would think nothing of walking back from Boystown to Days Inn around midnight.
    I also enjoyed the "Shower Shows" at Spin until 1230-1am about 10 years ago.

    No way would I be out after 8pm in the summer, and I do not think I will venture north of 3100 at all. Vacation is not the time and place to put up with this risk of crime. Make fun all you want. It may come to my crossing Chicago off my list and sticking to Montreal's Village.

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    1. It's a shame you let these stories scare you away from the neighborhood during the summer. The overwhelming majority of people who go out in the summer get home without incident; the reporting on this blog is so good that one of the side-effects is sometimes a kind of tunnel vision occurs where all you think about is people getting mugged and you forget that if you're just smart about your behavior and where you go (i.e. don't go walking down alleys at 2 in the morning drunk and alone) you're free to enjoy the nighlife safely.

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    2. You had us until you went off on the drunk in an alley part. That is not where people are/were getting robbed. Lex than 8% of this area's robberies are in alleys. The overwhelming majority are on the streets and sidewalks. 70%+ when we last did the math.

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  3. Now THIS kinda looks like the East side of Detroit. Won't argue with ya on that!

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    1. Ha ha ha! Right? And, for once we don't mind approving a comment that likens Chicago to Detroit. Those usually go straight to the dumper. Thanks for the laugh.

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    2. I get tired of hearing them because they're usually unwarranted. Can't argue with those pics though

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  4. Let's hope Zipcars are locked down! Would hate to go to pick one up, only to find a sad sight like that... :O

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  5. I agree with most of what the poster said about it being sort of irrational to be worried about coming into the neighborhood. Yes, the reporting here is so great that we are getting almost every incident down. No, this isn't Martin Luther King Ave. In fact, it is nowhere, nowhere, nowhere near that. Crime is up, no doubt, but there is a bit more tunnel vision. Be careful, but I don't see a reason yet to be afraid on any constant basis.

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  6. I saw another Honda on milk crates this morning on Stockton with it's wheels missing. Ugh.

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  7. My Acura was on Stockton and had its wheels stolen. Biggest mess ever.

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