ALEXANDRIA, Va. (ABC7) — It’s a warning that especially applies to owners of Hondas – thieves are breaking in and stealing airbags.
The latest incidents in the D.C. area were reported Friday at an Alexandria apartment complex.
At least two Hondas parked at the Town Square at Mark Center apartments off North Beauregard Street were hit.
“We have recently been informed that there have been several car break-ins and vehicle burglaries on the premises in which air bags were taken from the steering wheels,” said a letter from the complex’s general manager to residents. “Most of the vehicles appear to be Hondas.”
The letter asked residents with any information to call Alexandria Police at 703-746-4444.
One victim tells ABC7 News, she was about to leave for work early Friday morning when she saw one of her Honda’s windows was shattered. Inside, an Xbox and the airbag had been stolen.
“You feel violated,” Natalia Jimenez said. “But what can you do?”
“[It’s a] very safe community, it’s gated, you pay high dollar to stay here. And I park underground so I would have never thought that that would happen.”
This is not the only recent incident in the D.C. area of airbags being stolen. On May 16, Arlington County Police responded after airbags were stolen out of five vehicles in the 4800 block of 29th Street South.
Thieves reportedly target airbags because there is a black market for them, and the black market appears to be especially strong for Honda airbags.