A black Honda belonging to a Jewish resident of Crown Heights, which was parked on New York Ave. near the corner of President Street, was the latest victim of the mysterious wheel thieves who have been operating with impunity and devastating vehicle owners all over the neighborhood over the last couple of years.
The theft occurred sometime during Sunday night. The wheels were hurriedly removed and the car left resting on crude cinderblocks. The wheels, worth hundreds of dollars each, will be sold on the black market for a hefty profit.
These brazen thefts have been occurring on a regular basis, though in the past several months no incidents were brought to our attention. The targeted cars have been mostly new and in the upper range, particularly newer-model Hondas, though some older and cheaper vehicles have fallen victim as well.
Be sure to protect your vehicle in as many ways as possible so you do not become a victim. Anti-theft lug nuts and car tilt alarms are two examples of relatively simple safety measures that can be added to a vehicle. Remember, even if an added security measure isn’t 100% foolproof, it will still likely deter thieves from targeting your car and cause them to move on to an easier target.