Wichita Police in the last month have seen a high number of thefts of Honda vehicles. Wichita Police first noticed an increase last fall, and report this number continues to rise. This reflects national trends according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (N.I.C.B.).
“We issued some warnings last November to remind Honda owners to take precautions, and we are still seeing a high number of Hondas being stolen,” said Lt. Wanda Parker-Givens, of the WPD Auto Theft Section. She reminds people the impound fee to recover a stolen vehicle can be more expensive than the cost of an anti theft device. Police encourage the use of a secondary anti-theft system such as a steering wheel lock, alarm or immobilizer for vehicles.
Although many thieves are targeting Hondas, police warn that any vehicle can be a target.
For 2012 year to date the total number of auto thefts reported is 1,280. Police have recovered 914 of those vehicles. That is a 71.4% recovery rate.