LA loves Honda Accords. How do I know? Ours got stolen last night. (Technically it belonged to my husband but since I sold my car in July, we shared.) We live in West Los Angeles and it was parked right outside the house (locked, nothing of value in it, windows up, etc). My husband and I looked at each other this morning and just shook our heads. (It has been a very bad year for us in too many ways to go into here.) Why am I telling you this sob story? So I can share what I’ve learned about car theft in LA and how the city did help.
This is not the first car I’ve had stolen. The other was my Honda CRX in 1998, but it was found a day later. Have you had your car stolen? Recovered? Please share so I don’t feel so all alone.
Join me after the jump for more about Hondas in LA. (Watch the broken glass.)
(picture of where my car should be…)
If you’ve had this happen to you, you know that feeling of standing on your sidewalk, keys in hand, “Hmmm, I know I parked it here last night…uhhhh…maybe I moved it in my sleep?” Then, time to call the police. This is not an emergency situation (unless you got carjacked or saw the perps (yes, I watch Law and Order) in action) so you will call your local police station to file a report. I didn’t have my local station number handy, or if I did, I was a little to spazzed out to find it so I dialed the ever awesome 3-1-1. They quickly got me the number I needed and soon I was giving my report to officer Lopez. He informed me that our car had not been towed or otherwise removed. Gone baby gone.
Officer Lopez also informed me that if we found the car in our neighborhood (that would be a lazy-ass theif) NOT to drive it but to call them back first so we aren’t picked up as car thieves. Important safety tip, thanks officer Lopez.
Time to call the insurance company. They took all the info and a nice claims dude called back this afternoon to give me lots more info, including Honda Accords being one of the top cars to be stolen, especially our 13 year old gem. See? Check it out:
From the Auto-Theft website:
NCIB’s Top Ten Most Stolen Autos in 2006
1. 1995 Honda Civic
2. 1991 Honda Accord
3. 1989 Toyota Camry
4. 1997 Ford F150 Serues
5. 2005 Dodge Ram P/UP
6. 1994 Chevy 1500 P/UP
7. 1994 Nissan Sentra
8. 1994 Dodge Caravan
9. 1994 Saturn SL
10.1990 Acura Integra
#2 baby! That’s our car! That was our car!
He said in Los Angeles, the 1990’s Accords are especially stolen for the seats. This is what happened 10 years ago with my CRX. It was found, without stereo and without seats, but in otherwise decent condition. It took a while to fix, however, because the body shop couldn’t find…wait for it…replacement seats.
The insurance agent also said, often times the car will be recovered, and if the theives have taken ALL the seats (our Accord was 4 door) then it is a total loss. But if just the front seats are missing, they might be able to fix it. (Sounds awfully familiar.) But we just have to wait and see.
Thankfully no one was hurt and there was nothing of value in the car. But sheesh, it’s never fun. 3-1-1 was helpful as was the officer who took the statement. Who knows, we might get a call this weekend saying a seatless car has been recovered. If that happens, I’ll let you know.
Let’s hear your LA car story. And here’s hoping your year is going much better than mine.