Theft of Wheels and Tires in Lawrence
Theft of wheels and tires is a problem in Lawrence, in numerous nearby cities and towns, and in many communities across the country. Seemingly, rims and tires are getting targeted because they are easy to steal, easy to sell, can't be easily identified, and are an alternative to stealing an entire motor vehicle (which is becoming more difficult to steal and easier to track.)
Despite the attractiveness of motor vehicle wheels and tires for thieves, there are steps that vehicle owners can take to reduce their risk of being victimized.
Use Lug Nut Locks: Lug nut locks (sometimes called wheel locks) are less expensive than full wheel locks, like a boot. They cost from $10 to $100. A special key is needed to unscrew the lug nut, preventing a thief from using a standard wrench to easily unscrew the lug nuts. Although they can be defeated, using them significantly increases the effort required by thieves to steal the tire.
Park in a high-traffic area and/or a well-lit area. This will help increase the risk of thieves getting caught and may make them think twice before targeting vehicle in a higher-profile area.
Lock Your Doors.
Report suspicious activity or relevant information to the police.
Locations of Thefts
In 2013, thefts of wheels and tires have occurred throughout the city in a fairly dispersed pattern. MVs parked on the street, in residential parking lots, and in driveways have all been targeted. Car dealerships and repair shops have also been targeted.
Times / Days of Thefts
Theft of wheels and tires is a crime that primarily occurs in the overnight hours between 1am and 4am. This year, thefts have occurred more frequently on weekday days (Monday-Friday) than on weekend days (Saturday and Sunday).
Targeted Makes, Models, and Model Years
Honda Accords, model years 2008-2013, are the most frequently targeted cars for wheel and tire thefts. Honda Civics, Acura TLs, and Toyota Veznas were also frequently targeted. Newer cars are more likely to be targeted than older cars. In 2013, the most frequent model year to be targeted was 2013.