WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Return of the wheel-stealers

For nine years now, we’ve been hearing of wheel-stealers targeting Honda Fits here and there. This time, the photo and report are from Missy:

We’ve been having a high number of thefts happening in Alki recently. Just (Saturday) night my friend got all her tires stolen as she was parked between 62nd and 63rd Ave on Admiral Way … We’ve also had some mail stolen. Please put a warning out, if anyone sees any tires going for sale for a Honda Fit, to please let me know!

P.S. If you missed it over the weekend, Southwest Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator Jennifer Burbridge‘s newest newsletter is here – focusing on firearms, including a chance to get a free cable lock.

8 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Return of the wheel-stealers"

  • onion August 7, 2017 (1:59 pm)

    Why target Honda Fits? Are their wheels and tires that unique?

    Or is it that  an unusual percentage of Fit owners prefer to shop the five finger way rather than at a tire dealer?

    Just curious what the consensus is on this?

    • Kathrine August 7, 2017 (2:59 pm)

      They are plentiful and easy to steal. They end up on other Japanese cars. Just do a google search for “Honda Fit Wheels Stolen.”  As a Honda Fit owners who has also had wheels stolen, I urge all Fit owners to purchase locking lug nuts for your wheels. It might not stop thieves, but it will at least slow them down. 

  • Ronnie August 7, 2017 (2:44 pm)

    They’re desirable to the kids in the Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift Honda Civic’s.

  • Trickycoolj August 7, 2017 (3:11 pm)

    As a former 7 year Honda Fit owner I only imagine my wheels were never stolen because they had so much curb rash on them. The 2008 has such a weird tire size most stores big and small don’t even carry it. Now here’s hoping they don’t get a taste for my new HR-V’s wheels!

  • Just Wondering August 7, 2017 (3:40 pm)

    I’m surprised at the small bricks holding up the car! 

    • cjboffoli August 7, 2017 (4:58 pm)

      Consider the pressure exerted on a brick at the bottom of a tall masonry wall!  The average brick on its own can probably withstand about 2,500 pounds per square inch.  Estimating that each of those wheels is pushing down with about 650 pounds of force, I’d guess that you could stack several  more Honda Fits on top before things would get interesting.

  • Double Dub Resident August 7, 2017 (4:33 pm)

    The new “Prelude seats” phenomenon 

  • Canton August 7, 2017 (10:15 pm)

    Definately recommend gorilla locking lugs. Lost the key to the lugs, and took awhile to figure how to get them off. Hear they have too many different keys, so you have to have original numbers from set to get replacement.

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