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How To Stop Thieves From Stealing Your Car’s Tires, Wheels and Rims

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Even if you don’t pay much attention to your car’s tires, thieves do, especially if your wheels, tires, rims are high-end. And it takes less time than you think — mere minutes — for thieves to remove your tires, wheels, or rims leaving your car damaged and effectively ruining your day.


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“Wheel thieves typically work in groups, much like a pit crew on a racetrack,” according to David Beaudrie, The Spruce writer. “A car must be elevated to get the tires and wheels off, and this is a dangerous task to attempt alone, especially when you’re trying to do it quickly without getting caught. Thieves, therefore, work together to jack a car up onto a set of blocks. Once the car is in the air, the thieves each take a side and go to work on pulling the wheels off the vehicle.”

Since it only takes a few minutes for experienced car thieves to strip your car of its wheels, Beaudrie notes that a car owner’s best defense against this crime is to make it as difficult as possible for thieves to be successful.

Sensors that attach to your car’s wheels must be part of your alarm system, and parking in a closed garage is a better defense than street parking, according to Beaudrie. If your car is parked outside, look for an area that has a lot of cars and pedestrians present. When you park, make sure your wheels are turned, too, which adds difficulty to tire removal.


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Finally, you can invest in wheel locks.

“The locks fit on each wheel and make the lug nuts extremely difficult to remove without a key,” writes Beaudrie.

News Source: The Spruce