Old Hondas are hot items for Minneapolis car thieves

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A Japanese classic -- the 1995 Honda Accord.
If you're like me and drive an old Honda, you might be inclined to believe nobody in their right mind would be especially interested in stealing a car manufactured before the internet was a thing. (Sure, technically it existed... you know what we mean.)

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But you'd be wrong. Because according to a crime prevention specialist, north Minneapolis old-school Honda owners have been victimized by a rash of thefts targeting them in recent weeks.

From a release distributed by a 4th Precinct crime prevention specialist:
There were twelve auto thefts in the 4th Precinct from 2-18-24 to 2-24-14. Ten of the vehicles stolen were Hondas. Seven of these Hondas were Civics, two were Accords and two were CRVs. The model years were mostly 1995 to 1998. These vehicles were stolen in a geographic area from Lowry Ave N to 53rd Ave N from Bryant Ave N to Queen Ave N. None of these vehicles was stolen while running with the key in the ignition, even though at times this is a common "winter trend". It appears that these Hondas were stolen using a "shaved key method". Most of these vehicles were stolen between 8:00 PM and 7:00 AM.

Certain makes and models of vehicles are especially vulnerable to being stolen with shaved keys, particularly older model Hondas. A shaved key is a car key which has been modified by a car thief to work in a variety of different ignition locks. It is a fairly common technique, especially among car thieves who specialize in older model Hondas. If you drive such a vehicle, your car is particularly vulnerable to auto theft.
Then again, the way my sad Honda is looking these days, I'm almost inclined to say that if a thief wants it, all yours.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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23 comments
Paul Whyte
Paul Whyte

Guess it'd be chop shop gold...who doesn't need a part for an old Honda?

David Thomas
David Thomas

Well its not just in Minnesota this is happening in, here in California at a Walmart parking lot someone had their honda stolen and unfortunately it was stolen in a spot where cameras were not pointing

Katie Fuller
Katie Fuller

Tali didnt this happen to you awhile ago? Lol

John Little
John Little

And this is news? They've been saying this since I was in high school, over ten years ago

Sunshine Summerdays
Sunshine Summerdays

I have two. Wish someone would steal my used one I just bought two years ago. Don't get me wrong I LOVE Honda, just not this one. It's a manual si. Super sporty..says take me all over it...No luck.

Heidi Newstrom
Heidi Newstrom

All Hondas are a hit, especially Honda fits are getting their tires stolen in Chicago all the time..

Andy Tee
Andy Tee

This is sort of why I'm glad I'm not driving my civic around anymore.

Josh Lynch
Josh Lynch

Ryan Carlson, good thing you are getting rid of it!

Niccole Vasatka-Prill
Niccole Vasatka-Prill

My '95 Honda Accord was stolen out of my driveway a few years ago. Had to pay to get it out of impound. So yeah, that was fun.

seamar19
seamar19

@citypages my 96 accord was stolen like this a few years ago. Found it completely stripped.

Matthew Martin
Matthew Martin

I thought everyone knew this? Older civics and accords have been on the "top stolen cars" list for at least a decade. And I'm an accord owner

Emily Montesano
Emily Montesano

sweet maybe someone will take mine off my hands for me

christopherstorlie
christopherstorlie

Hello?!

1998 called and they want their "story" back.. This is NOT news!!!

laxx1559
laxx1559

at least you got it back!

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