The sight of partially dismembered cars left up on blocks was fairly common decades ago, when it came to symbolize cities lost to crime. But wheel and tire thefts are now resurgent around the country, thanks to anonymous online marketplaces that provide easy access to customers, and advances in power tool technology that allow thieves to remove them with the speed of a Nascar pit crew.Several times over the years I have spoke about the acronym CRAVED. The acronym stands for Concealable, Removable, Available, Valuable, Enjoyable and Disposable. Tires and wheels, especially expensive custom rims meet these criteria and have become a hot commodity for thieves.
In the sleepy little burg where I work, we have seen a number of these types of thefts. There are lots of custom tire and wheel shops and plenty of customers for them in a military town. We've even seen thieves from other cities come to our community to steal these rims, often times taking orders for specific ones from their less than scrupulous customers.
Because there are so many places these thefts can occur and so many possible thieves, it's important for victims to increase their own guardianship over these CRAVED items to avoid becoming victimized.
Has your agency seen an increase in these types of thefts in your community? What are you doing to encourage your citizens to increase their guardianship over these CRAVED items?