Skip to comments.Bellevue police giving away steering wheel locks as 'auto thefts on the rise'
Posted on 12/03/2023 1:26:05 PM PST by DFG
The Bellevue Police Department is giving away steering wheel locks Sunday, December 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bellevue Crossroads Substation.
“The effort comes as auto thefts have been on the rise in Bellevue and across the region,” said BPD.
BPD said Bellevue has had a 29% increase in car thefts in 2023 through October.
BPD has seen a 762% and 730% increase in theft of Kias and Hyundais.
BPD urges owners of Kias and Hyundais to get software updates as soon as possible, use a steering wheel lock, consider getting an alarm system, and putting an AirTag in the car.
(BPD said Bellevue has had a 29% increase in car thefts in 2023 through October.
BPD has seen a 762% and 730% increase in theft of Kias and Hyundais.)
More Democrats in office!
More George Soros’ DA appointments to let criminals back on the streets!
One of our cars has a millennial anti-theft device.
It’s a standard.
But it’s also not a high risk model and we live out in the middle of nowhere.
They’re a joke. Just cut the steering wheel and remove it.
Here are better ideas.
Increase police presence, let them do their jobs, forget *justice reform*, and prosecute crime again regardless of the color of someone’s skin.
Was just about to post.....by all means....don’t even think about rounding these thugs up, arresting and incarcerating them.
Oh, no....can’t have that.
Here’s your steering wheel lock, suckers! 🙃
The kids (12 to 16 years old) in the Seattle area have already moved from stealing cars to carjacking them. I suspect that just posting a video of them stealing one and driving around like idiots doesn’t bring the TikTok views like it used to - so now they have upped the game to carjackings.
They are also now targeting the schools - driving past the schools side-swiping parked cars, spraying pepper spray and students, etc. Drive-by shootings will be next so they can keep their TikTok numbers up.
> They’re a joke. Just cut the steering wheel and remove it. <
There are many ways to easily defeat steering a steering wheel lock. And a car thief would know every one of them.
But, hey. Passing out steering wheel locks makes everyone involved feel like they’re fighting crime. It will do little good. But that doesn’t matter.
You bet and nowadays with portable battery powered handheld angle cutter/grinders, they make real quick work of most any locking device.
And they fit right inside a back pack.
HOW DOES A STEERING WHEEL LOCK WORK?
Steering wheel locks essentially keep thieves from being able to steer your car. Even if they can start it, they will be stuck going in one direction. Even more importantly, steering wheel locks present an obstacle for a thief to overcome. Oftentimes the mere presence of a lock on your steering wheel will cause a thief to pass your car by and search for an easier target.
The wafer locks on these things can be jiggled in seconds.
BS. If a thief wants your vehicle they could remove a steering wheel “club” type lock in 15 seconds.
A total waste of money.
They can carjack the owner.
Put the criminals in jail... or graves.
With the Kia’s and Hyundai’s you don’t need to be a thief - a kid can do it with a usb cord.
A couple of years ago before we got hit with this wave I put two hidden kill switches in my daughter’s Hyundai. But then also put the “club” in to perhaps avoid a broken window and steering column. Hoping that these kids would move onto an easier car to attempt to steal.
These things laugh at club wheel type locks..And they fit right into a small backpack.
Bellevue is calling.
A better idea than a gun buy back,
Yeah. My exact thought. The solution to crime? Put the scumbags away for a long long time. I few gangbangers loose twenty years of the prime their lifetimes, others will notice.
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