Thieves In New York City Are Stealing Expensive Car Side Mirrors

A number of vehicles in Manhattan are being targeted due to their expensive side mirrors, the New York Post reports.

According to the New York Police Department, 18 vehicles between March 1 and April 26 have had their mirrors stolen. Ten of the thefts occurred in the 20th Precinct between West 59th and West 86th streets while four others occurred in the 24th Precinct between West 86th and West 110th streets.

Vehicles targeted include Audi, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, and BMW models as many of them are fitted with side mirrors with built-in cameras which are valued between $1500 and $2000 each.

Also Read: Lexus Beats Audi And Becomes First To Put Digital Side-View Cameras Into Production

“This is a local pattern in Manhattan North and does not appear to be a citywide condition,” a New York Police Department spokesman said, adding that the thieves “remove both side-view mirrors from luxury automobiles. It is likely the mirrors are being stolen in order to re-sell them.”

Most of the thefts have taken place at night and an NYPD spokeswoman revealed that the detective bureau and precinct commander are deploying additional officers “during the midnight patrol to address the larcenies.”

“People tend to ignore car alarms nowadays, but if you hear one going off in the middle of the night, take a look, and if you see something suspicious, call 911,” added deputy inspector Timothy Malin.

A number of new vehicles come equipped with cameras attached to their side mirrors to help with parking and blind-spot monitoring. While they are convenient, they are also expensive and evidently, have started to catch the eye of thieves.

  • no25

    odd flex but ok

    • Navigator Navy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      How is Acura awful?

      • no25

        what does that have to do with anything I said? but if you wanna go there, why would a girl dance sexually on a ford?

        • Navigator Navy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          Because of billionaire Bill Ford, Jr.

        • Navigator Navy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          Now, how is Acura awful?

  • Navigator Navy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    The automakers’ engineers will now adept new technology to Smartphones mobility to enhance when the vehicle’s alarm is going off or what direction on the vehicle when it senses motion while the vehicle is locked via through a mobile app.

    • BlackPegasus

      Already have mobile notifications with the BlackVue camera systems.

      • Navigator Navy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        You don’t have inclination and motion detection on your phone — no one does. Not question.

        • Matt

          Calm down there son, no need to feel attacked.

  • europeon

    Is this new for the US? In my corner of Eastern Europe this is been going on for 20 years already. Gypsies steal expensive cars wing mirrors and then they come and try to sell them back to the owners. Mirror engraving services (either license plate or the VIN#) stopped this somehow, but it’s still happening.

    • Benjamin B.

      Thieves in California steal pickup truck bed tailgates. Especially off of newer pickup trucks. The Ford F-150 is a big target because of the number of higher trim level trucks like the Platinum and Limited trims.

  • Javokhir_Sam

    Everyone wants heaven but nobody wants to die.

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