Own a Honda, get a warning.
Cops from the 106th Precinct in Howard Beach are sticking these fliers under the windshield wipers of the popular Japanese import, to alert the car’s owner to a recent rash of rim thefts.
“Late model Hondas are being targeted for their rims,” reads the “Crime Alert” flier.
It recommends installing wheel locks or a car alarm to deter thieves.
“Also, consider the installation of a video surveillance camera focused on your driveway,” says the flier, signed by the precinct’s commanding officer, Deputy Inspector Brian Bohannon Jr.
Honda owners said they started to see the fliers on their cars beginning two weeks ago.
The precinct started leafletting after six cars, all but one a new model Honda or Acura, were hit by wheel thieves in the past month.
Two suspects were arrested following one incident, said P.O. Gary Maher, “and we are trying to see if they are responsible for any others.”
This is the first time anyone can recall the police warning owners of a specific type of automobile to be watchful.
Honda rims, depending on quality, can cost between $150 and $1,600 each.