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Sheriff’s Station stresses car caution

Posted: November 28, 2012 3:30 p.m.
Updated: November 28, 2012 3:30 p.m.

Honda owners beware: Officials from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station say your cars are among the most likely to be targeted by thieves.

More than 110 Santa Clarita Valley vehicles have been stolen since September, according to statistics from the Sheriff’s Station. Of the 118 reported auto thefts, 31 percent have been Hondas, the most common model year being 1993.

Deputy Josh Dubin said the second most common make of car to be stolen is Toyotas, although he didn’t have specific numbers for Toyota thefts.

The popularity of Hondas and Toyotas among car thieves is due to the ease of stealing models manufactured from 1990 to 1999.

“It’s typically easier to pick the lock, easier to hotwire and easier to pick the ignition to start the vehicle,” Dubin said.

Older cars also tend to be targeted because they lack contemporary anti-theft measures such as microchip keys or alarm systems.

“The lack of these features makes those cars a hot commodity for thieves,” Dubin said.

Dubin said simple measures, such as parking your car in a well-lit area and ensuring that all doors and windows are fully locked, are the easiest and often most effective ways to deter a would-be thief.




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