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Free anti-theft steering wheel locks offered to Roseville residents

Matthew Dzida, a Roseville resident, received a free lock from the Roseville Police Department for his 1996 Toyota Camry.
Matthew Dzida, a Roseville resident, received a free lock from the Roseville Police Department for his 1996 Toyota Camry. Roseville Police Department

The Roseville Police Department is giving away free anti-theft steering wheel locks to city residents who own one of the top five most stolen vehicle models.

Dee Dee Gunther, spokeswoman for the department, said auto thefts are increasing throughout California and the department wants to raise awareness.

“Forty-five percent of our auto thefts are of older Hondas and Toyotas,” Gunther said. “They are really easy to steal.”

Gunther said the older models have loose ignitions and anyone can start the cars with a screwdriver.

“As part of their standard equipment, (thieves) will carry a collection of shaved Honda keys. They’re looking for quick and easy,” Gunther said.

Newer vehicles have better theft protection and are more difficult to steal, Gunther said. A simple and low-cost solution is to buy a steering wheel lock, or stop by the Roseville Police Department to pick up a free one.

Roseville investigators have identified the top five most stolen vehicles in Rosevile as: 1987 to 1998 Honda Accord; 1990 to 2000 Honda Civic; 1990 to 1998 Acura Integra: 1987 to 2003 Toyota Camry: 1993 to 2002 Saturn SL.

“We are about halfway through our stash today,” Gunther said Thursday morning.

The giveaway will continue until all steering wheel locks are distributed.

The citywide campaign is provided by the manufacture of The Club steering wheel lock and a crime prevention grant from the city of Roseville’s Citizen’s Benefit Fund, Gunther said.

Roseville residents who own one of top-five most stolen vehicle models are encouraged to stop by the department office at 1051 Junction Blvd. with the vehicle and proof of registration, police said.

Jessica Hice: 916-321-1550, @JesserPea

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