Medford Police Sees Spike in Car Thefts

In just one week, the Medford Police Department has investigated 16 car thefts, 7 of them happened in one day.

Posted: Mar. 28, 2018 6:21 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- In just one week, the Medford Police Department has investigated 16 car thefts, 7 of them happened in one day.
Many of the cars stolen are older Honda models. According to a National Insurance Crime Bureau report, older Honda models continue to be the most stolen car across the nation. In 2016, older Honda Accords and Civics made up nearly 100,000 of the stolen cars that year.

"Typically and statistically, Hondas are pretty notorious for being stolen the older models. They are kind of an easy target and people know that and people who are in that line of business know how to take those cars,” said Lt. Ivens with the Medford Police Department.
According to Medford Police's Facebook post this is because thieves can easily use a shaved key.

“People who own them need to take some extra precautions if possible and the big thing obviously is secure your vehicle. Make sure your belongings are taken out of them and make sure your keys are accounted for," Lt. Ivens said.

Police have one suggestion for older Honda model owners -- invest in a steering wheel lock. Police also said, for other car owners, make sure your spare key isn't in a place where thieves can easily get to it.

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