A popular crime trend made its way to the New Boston area over the weekend, and two local residents went to Facebook to warn the community about their experiences.
New Boston resident Renee Michelle used social media on Friday, Feb. 26 to tell people about how her family’s 2015 Ford Explorer had its rims and tires stolen overnight.
“My darling hubby goes to leave for work to find all four of my trims and tired have been stolen off my 7-month-old 2015 Explorer Sport and it has been left on landscaping blocks,” she said in her post.
“I’m not a person who wishes ill upon anyone, but today I do. I hope these crooks get caught,” she said. “If you are in Huron Township be on the lookout.”
Gail Foe of New Boston also had the rims and tires stolen off of her late model Ford Flex, and on Saturday, she had a message to other residents.
“Please keep an eye out.”
“It looks like they may be targeting newer Ford vehicles with the appearance package rims.”
Huron Township Police Chief Everette Robbins confirmed that three vehicles between Friday and Sunday had their rims and tires stolen, which included two Ford Explorers and one Ford Flex.
He said that two of the thefts happened in the 35000 block of Huron River Drive, and the other took place in the 17000 block of Lucile, and in all three instances, the thieves used stolen landscaping blocks to prop the cars up.
Robbins said that around the same time that a report came in about the rim and tire thefts, another resident in the 35000 block of Huron River Drive reported to police that landscaping blocks had been stolen from their property.
Police believe the same blocks were used during the thefts that took place over the weekend, and that residents should call police if they notice the items missing from their yards.
“If you notice that any landscaping blocks on your property have been stolen, please contact police immediately,” Robbins said.
Here are some tips to deter rim and tire theft, courtesy of the website AboutHome.com:
- Park your car in a closed garage whenever you can. If you live in an apartment or have a house without a garage, this is often not an option. However, a garage works as a barrier that has to be bypassed, and thieves usually have a harder time getting your car elevated in a garage without alerting anyone in the house.
- Install a car alarm that includes sensors that attach to the wheels. The alarm detects when the car gets tilted, and the wheel sensors also detect when the wheels get tampered with.
- Turn your wheels when parking. This makes the wheels harder to remove, because they get stuck in the wheel well. The car’s steering column lock makes it difficult for the thieves to turn the wheels forward again without a key for the ignition.
- Use wheel locks on each wheel, including your spare. The locks fit on each wheel and make the lug nuts extremely difficult to remove without a key. It’s important never to lose the key, because you’ll need it if you ever get a flat tire. However, the locks greatly reduce your risk of losing your wheels and tires. Lug nut locks are also useful since they require a specially sized wrench to remove. However, the lug nut locks can be melted quickly with a blowtorch to make them fit a regular wrench, so they are not as effective as wheel locks.