Car thieves target Abbotsford Hondas
Abbotsford police suspect a group of thieves is targeting their community after thefts of Honda vehicles spiked dramatically.
From July 1 to Sept. 2, 24 Honda vehicles were reported stolen in Abbotsford, accounting for 24% of all vehicle thefts. With only two Hondas stolen in the previous 64-day period, it’s likely a group of thieves who specialize in those models have descended on the community, say Abbotsford police.
“Some number of those thieves have either moved into our community or perhaps are stealing vehicles from our community to use in criminal activities in neighbouring cities, and we certainly have some evidence to bear that out,” said Const. Ian MacDonald.
Almost all of the vehicles stolen were manufactured before 2004, meaning they lack the anti-theft protection that is standard in more recent models. Thefts have been concentrated in the central Abbotsford area, but MacDonald noted all pre-2004 Honda owners are at risk.
The Abbotsford Police Department is offering free anti-theft devices to local residents who own pre-2004 Honda models.