West Seattle Crime Watch: Another stolen green Honda Civic to watch for

Seen Ridge‘s car?

Looks like Monday the 29th was a busy night. We also had our green 1999 Honda 4-door Civic stolen – had a club on it but still gone – from Arbor Heights. This (linked photo) is not our car but identical except ours has a few more door dings. License plate ALP0199. This is the second time in 5 years it has been stolen from our house. Please, if anyone sees this car- report! Thanks.

Call 911 if you see it.

9 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Another stolen green Honda Civic to watch for"

  • NorthAdmiralGuuy November 3, 2018 (4:25 pm)

    I see a common theme here with these vehicle thefts… even with a club they are still being stolen. Are these vehicles automatics by any chance, as I feel like manuals are less likely to be stolen due to not many people knowing how to operate one. In this case I think it’s time to get another car and/or dump this one as it’s been  stolen more than once. 

    • Eric1 November 3, 2018 (7:55 pm)

      The only thing “automatic” about stolen Honda cars is that the city will release the offender within 24 hours even if caught.  Unfortunately, early model Honda cars are notoriously easy to steal.  They are really great cars that run forever because they were well built and finding one with 200,000+ miles is the norm.  You don’t see too many 1990 Dodges, Fords and Chevy’s getting stolen because they are in the junk heap. .It is easy to say to get a different car because it gets stolen.  But, the city doesn’t give you money to replace your car and comprehensive insurance isn’t usually worth it on a 20+ year old car.  But I’d trust a 20 year old Honda with my money rather than some newer domestic for the same money.     You just have to make sure you keep it in the garage because the city isn’t interested in protecting the general public from car thieves.  I leave my 2014 outside and keep a 1990’s Asian make in the garage.  The 2014 has good insurance :)

  • James Clark November 3, 2018 (5:39 pm)

    Hope we arnt next in Arbor Heights

  • James Clark November 3, 2018 (5:46 pm)

    Hope we are not next. In Arbor Heights also and three Honda’s in our driveway.

  • East Coast Cynic November 3, 2018 (10:44 pm)

    Car Alarm has protected my 2000 period Honda for time  immemorial.

  • Honda-tech November 4, 2018 (8:28 am)

    FYI for anyone that owns a Honda. Hondas only take a phillips head screwdriver to steal. The windows flex enough that you can reach your arm in and unlock the door without the window breaking. The steering column is broken apart, unscrewed and started for driving within 30 seconds. Clubs don’t work and here’s why/how. Thieves use a razor blade to cut the steering wheel and remove the club through the slice. Hondas have a soft rubber steering wheel that is similar to cutting a garden hose. The best method for anti-theft is to have a fuel cut-off switch (fuel cut-off description link) installed somewhere hidden. That way the car won’t start unless the thief finds it. Even alarms are easy to get around in just a couple of minutes.  You can have one installed in your Honda for cheaper than your insurance deductible. Usually just a couple hundred dollars if you aren’t handy enough to do it on your own. 

  • Ridge McCoy November 4, 2018 (9:16 am)

    I think instead of suggesting different alarm systems, boot, kill switches ,ecetera and telling people to buy a different type of car, which is nor always doable, a better solution would be for our  judges to actually hold people accountable for their actions. Nothing short of that and stemming the flow of people coming to our city for free drugs, Free Housing and free everything else will eliminate the 29% increase in stolen cars in our neighborhood.  Arrest when caught and have them do real time. For many, it’s a matter of needing help with a drug addiction which if they get caught and released the same day,  nothing is going to change They will go back and do the same thing again. Why would we expect anything different? I recognize I’m simplifying a complicated problem but I don’t think blaming the victim’s solves the problem, I think holding the criminal accountable does. Yes, I do agree to do whatever you can to keep yourself from being the victim.

    • bolo November 4, 2018 (8:10 pm)

      Yes but for the time being, wiring in a fuel pump cutoff switch as Honda-tech helpfully linked to above will in high probability keep your 90s Honda from being stolen so easily. Seems like several per week stolen here in WS recently.

      Friend of mind had a switch somehow wired in to the turn signal– car wouldn’t start UNLESS the left turn signal was on. That was a good system.

      Doesn’t cost much, doesn’t take long to do; peace of mind invaluable!

  • Ws prayers November 5, 2018 (11:00 am)

    I had a Toyota camery that was stolen a few times back in tbe late 90’s early 2000’s-It was a make model that any camery key would fit into the locks for doors and ignition-i learned to take out one of the fuses that started the car -took it out every time i was done driving it- was the best anti-theft option I swear-that car never was stolen again 

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