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Post by sophie » Fri Jul 31, 2020 9:47 am

To anyone who might be living in or visiting a city like NYC and parking a car on the street:

MAKE SURE IT'S NOT A HONDA.

Hondas have always been at the top of the list for car thieves, and that was confirmed recently by a NextDoor thread on a spike in car thefts & vandalism in my neighborhood. Posters reported that in the past month, 3 cars were stolen from one specific street, and 2 others had their exhaust systems including the catalytic converter removed - same location. All 5 cases involved Hondas, and the two that had their exhaust systems stolen were a Honda Element and a CRV. It seems that thieves look for cars that are high off the ground and easy to get underneath.

The police were 100% non-interested, which is a very big change from just a couple years ago when they would have started doing foot patrols to deal with the problem. That is ominous indeed.
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Post by vnatale » Fri Jul 31, 2020 11:14 am

sophie wrote:
Fri Jul 31, 2020 9:47 am
To anyone who might be living in or visiting a city like NYC and parking a car on the street:

MAKE SURE IT'S NOT A HONDA.

Hondas have always been at the top of the list for car thieves, and that was confirmed recently by a NextDoor thread on a spike in car thefts & vandalism in my neighborhood. Posters reported that in the past month, 3 cars were stolen from one specific street, and 2 others had their exhaust systems including the catalytic converter removed - same location. All 5 cases involved Hondas, and the two that had their exhaust systems stolen were a Honda Element and a CRV. It seems that thieves look for cars that are high off the ground and easy to get underneath.

The police were 100% non-interested, which is a very big change from just a couple years ago when they would have started doing foot patrols to deal with the problem. That is ominous indeed.
Does it matter how old the Honda is? Mine is a 2004 and about three years ago I had the entire muffler system (including catalytic converter) replaced with genuine Honda parts. It cost a shockingly $1,700. I guess I'm answering my own question? It'd still be a prime target?

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Post by sophie » Fri Jul 31, 2020 2:14 pm

The Honda Element in question was a 2003. So, yes, your car is on the "Thieves Most Wanted" list.
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Post by technovelist » Fri Jul 31, 2020 5:41 pm

sophie wrote:
Fri Jul 31, 2020 9:47 am
To anyone who might be living in or visiting a city like NYC and parking a car on the street:

MAKE SURE IT'S NOT A HONDA.

Hondas have always been at the top of the list for car thieves, and that was confirmed recently by a NextDoor thread on a spike in car thefts & vandalism in my neighborhood. Posters reported that in the past month, 3 cars were stolen from one specific street, and 2 others had their exhaust systems including the catalytic converter removed - same location. All 5 cases involved Hondas, and the two that had their exhaust systems stolen were a Honda Element and a CRV. It seems that thieves look for cars that are high off the ground and easy to get underneath.

The police were 100% non-interested, which is a very big change from just a couple years ago when they would have started doing foot patrols to deal with the problem. That is ominous indeed.
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Post by l82start » Fri Jul 31, 2020 7:05 pm

sophie wrote:
Fri Jul 31, 2020 9:47 am

The police were 100% non-interested, which is a very big change from just a couple years ago when they would have started doing foot patrols to deal with the problem. That is ominous indeed.
this kind of crime has not been a crime for a few years or more here in CA, if you call and report stuff stolen off of, or out of your car they tell you "we don't respond to or file reports on this type of incident any more, go online and file your own report"...
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Post by stuper1 » Fri Jul 31, 2020 8:09 pm

Is it in bad taste to refer to things like this as the Brazilification of the USA?

Maybe it's less offensive if we just call it the shithole-country-ification of the USA.
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Post by Kriegsspiel » Fri Jul 31, 2020 8:19 pm

stuper1 wrote:
Fri Jul 31, 2020 8:09 pm
Is it in bad taste to refer to things like this as the Brazilification of the USA?

Maybe it's less offensive if we just call it the shithole-country-ification of the USA.
Unless I'm mistaken, there used to be a lot of crime in NYC a few decades ago. As far as I can tell, urban crime and urban renewal go in cycles, and we seem to be entering an upswing in crime and violence in cities. That would begin reversing the past couple decades or so of gentrification and good times. Hipster millennials apparently have been leaving the cities in order to buy houses in the suburbs, so maybe that's a factor.
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Post by Mark Leavy » Wed Aug 05, 2020 9:37 pm

The new plates finally showed up. Made an honest woman out of her. Time for a wash.

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Post by vnatale » Wed Aug 05, 2020 9:44 pm

Mark Leavy wrote:
Wed Aug 05, 2020 9:37 pm
The new plates finally showed up. Made an honest woman out of her. Time for a wash.


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Don't let your car talk to my car! I don't want it getting any ideas! Have owned it for 6 years and 8 months and it's NEVER been washed. It thinks that is the norm. I don't want your car putting any crazy ideas in its head!

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Post by Mark Leavy » Wed Aug 05, 2020 10:10 pm

vnatale wrote:
Wed Aug 05, 2020 9:44 pm
Don't let your car talk to my car! I don't want it getting any ideas! Have owned it for 6 years and 8 months and it's NEVER been washed. It thinks that is the norm. I don't want your car putting any crazy ideas in its head!

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Post by bedraggled » Wed Aug 05, 2020 10:52 pm

Vinny,

I imagine you have a ‘preservation of assets” mentality, so I am confused when you say you don’t wash your car.

Have a nice day.
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Post by Hal » Thu Aug 06, 2020 4:30 am

Just remembered! First car I recall my parents had...

Thats seems an eternity ago :D
https://www.tradeuniquecars.com.au/buye ... yers-guide

Whats the earliest car you can remember?
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