That’s Joe‘s red 2001 Honda CR-V. He just got it back from the shop last night after repairs following the theft earlier this month – reported here on January 3rd, with an update when a reader spotted it. Early today, it was stolen again, likely around 3:30 am. Same area as last time, 16th SW/SW Thistle [map]. Plate: AYU3617. Call 911 if you see it.

11 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Red CR-V stolen, again"

  • Alki Resident January 27, 2018 (11:47 am)

    You know what? We are ALL getting very sick and tired of this. It’s time we have/ demand bait cars. Non of us deserve to have our cars stolen and then cough up money we don’t have to fix them once we are fortunate enough to get them back. I don’t want to read these stories 20 years from now. I’m over it…we deserve justice. 

    • Swede. January 27, 2018 (11:21 pm)

      Baiting is a good idea that nobody is stopping you to do. I do believe it would help overall if some of these criminals would get some ‘street justice’ not only from the word spreading that WS isn’t good for your health to break-in to or steal cars but also the fact that (according to the police (reported elsewhere here on WSB)) it isn’t that many people doing it. They just hit many locations at a time and are repeat offenders. 

  • Chris January 27, 2018 (12:01 pm)

    Thanks Alki Resident.   We have been wondering why we do not have bait cars here too.   This really has been going on way too long.   Wondering how we can get something like that going around here.

    Meanwhile perhaps putting the lock bar on that goes over the brake pedal to lock the brakes.   One on steering wheel will stop some though others just cut through the steering wheel.

    We feel so bad for these people just getting their vehicle back and this happens.

  • SJ January 27, 2018 (1:27 pm)

    Our city council keeps taking away tools officers need to do their job. Only in Seattle, are officers held to to so many restrictions. Unfortunately, our city is more concerned with protecting criminals, than law abiding citizens. Even when car thieves are caught, our King County Prosectors office does not hold them accountable. Once a victim you realize how true these statements are. The police are Not the bad guys, despite what the media and the people running this city project. 

    I’m sorry for you and wish I could say things were going to get better.

  • Bill January 27, 2018 (2:03 pm)

    These 2001 Honda CRVs are relatively easy to steal.  The keys are not very unique and easy to forge.  Anyone with a vehicle of this vintage should be using at least a steering wheel lock and maybe the brake pedal lock suggested above.   Our 2001 CRV was stolen a couple years ago under similar circumstances.  Newer vehicles are much harder to steal, especially for the not-super-intelligent criminals who mostly operate in Seattle.

    Nevertheless car prowls, thefts of stuff from cars and car vandalism are a huge problem in Seattle.

  • ProudPapa January 27, 2018 (2:14 pm)

    Do what I do. After our truck was stolen from Belvidere and driven into a river down south I decided to put kill switches on my cars. My cars that aren’t locked in a garage all have their batteries disconnected at night. A thief will likely move on if their hot wiring attempt or shaved key won’t get the car started. It’s easy to do but a shame we need to do it. 

    whoever stole the CRV likely lives nearby or passes by often. Sorry for your vehicle 🚗 loss. 

  • dsa January 27, 2018 (2:28 pm)

    I had a $200 Hornet (Viper) add-on alarm on my previous car.  The nice thing it did was to disable the ignition if violated.    My new alarm “Alarm-It” does not do that, so a thief could just drive off.  All this one does is announce *inside* the car that the alarm needs to be reset while you are driving.  It seems pretty worthless.

  • CP January 27, 2018 (3:09 pm)

    There are a number of easy to steal favorites, like my older Subaru. I have a steering wheel club, a starter interrupter and a metal steering column cover that I made to avoid a pulled out ignition. I’m hoping it just looks like too much trouble.  I know for a fact that these car thieves almost never do any jail time, even after multiple (>8) arrests. They should do some jail time. The police are not the problem. The so called “justice system” enables thieves to continue to develop their trade over and over, doing an injustice to the victims of these crimes. 

    • WSB January 27, 2018 (3:41 pm)

      That point’s been made before – including by police; they make arrests, but what happens from there is mostly out of their control. Car thieves *do* get prosecuted, however. The laws themselves represent a challenge regarding what they’re prosecuted for and how long they are sentenced to – depending on what kind of evidence is available, there are lower-level charges such as “taking a motor vehicle without permission” or “possession of a stolen vehicle” that are brought more often than “auto theft,” which apparently requires proof that the person behind the wheel is actually the person who stole the car. You can read the actual summaries of the laws here:

      Theft of a motor vehicle

      Possession of a stolen vehicle

      Taking a motor vehicle without permission

  • LDJ February 16, 2018 (7:19 am)

    This makes me furious!, Even with the expensive worthless ADT security system with both thefts ADT did not film a dang thing. ADT will not accept that their system is flawed and will not let them out of their contract! To the jerks who stoled their car, these people are hard working kids and a Veteran too!  You disgust me and I curse your life to get painful and worse with each and every crime you commit. 

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