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Tires stolen off of a Honda Fit on my block. Wisconsin plate: 435-ZVY. What do we to protect ourselves against this?
About a week earlier, the wheels were stolen off an Acura RSX very close by - in front of 130something Lawrence St.
They used the same type of flimsy stackable crates, but black.
Also note that both were Honda vehicles (Acura=Honda), which are typically theft magnets due to lots of interchangeable parts.
Very likely that the same person/group is responsible for both thefts.
This is typical New Haven though - those of us in the "good" neighborhoods who pay taxes through the nose don't get our fair share of policing & investigation, so criminals know that anything not nailed down (wheels, packages, bikes) are free for the taking with no consequence.
And nothing is done to help the victim - their car sits like this blighting the neighborhood for days. Imagine trying to rent or sell your home...
Paul - that sucks for whoever's car that is. I am sorry for them, and totally empathize.
But you know this - "What do we to protect ourselves against this?" - we volunteer at a local soup kitchen, or give money to a local non profit that helps low-income people in our community. Theft is a systemic problem. The more we think in a closed-system neighborhood-centric way, the more we invite these problems. Preaching to the choir, I know, but just chiming in for balance's sake.
John - Respectfully, the homeless person at the local soup kitchen who doesn't know where their next meal is coming from, is not the person with a set of lug wrenches and a fast-lifting floor jack, driving around in a vehicle large enough to carry a set of wheels.
For Hondas in particular, there is a strong market for used parts. It's a profitable operation.
These crimes aren't victim-less - some of us work jobs that require immediate access to a car, and waking up one morning to no wheels could cause material & immediate harm.
It seems ironic that it's parked right next to a sign that reads, "Block Watch Neighborhood We Report All Suspicious Activity to the NEW HAVEN POLICE". The picture looks like something that would be found on websites that show "Very Demotivational" posters.
Anywho, this type of crime often occurs between 03:00AM and 05:00AM when vehicular traffic is almost nonexistent and most people are in a deep sleep. The East Rock area is targeted by criminals because the location allows for clandestine operations.
The location of the crime reported in this ticket is absolutely perfect for criminal activity. It's at the corner of Nicoll Street and Lawrence Street. That allows one criminal to stand at the corner and keep watch on any traffic coming from any one of the four different directions. It's also not far from highway entrance ramps which allows for a quick getaway without having to drive through the center of the city.
I'm sure the NHPD is investigating this crime with the right tools of which they have many. It's not that hard to review the video footage from the many surveillance cameras in our city; especially the cameras on the highways. Let's give them time to narrow down the exact date and time of the crime. After that, the cat should be in the bag.
For those who are planning to buy wheel locks, in my opinion buy the ones made by your car's manufacturer (if offered) over the universal aftermarket ones. In my experience, the aftermarket ones tend to strip easily.
Keep in mind though wheel locks are a deterrent only. You can still just hammer a socket on and get the lock off. But that adds time and noise to the theft process.
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