DOWNEY - Downey Police have seen a rise in thefts of third-row seats stolen from late model SUVs, authorities said Wednesday.Thieves are specifically targeting Chevrolet, Cadillac and GMC full-size sport utility vehicles, officials said. Third row seats are designed to be removed quickly and easily, making the prime targets for thieves, investigators said. Downey Police recommend removing the seat and storing it at home if it's not in use, or securing the seat with a locking device. Other tips from police: park in well-lit areas; park in a driveway and not on a public street, if possible; lock all doors even if you only plan to be gone for a short time; and set the car alarm. Since third row seats do not come with traceable markings, owners should also consider engraving their vehicle's license plate number on the metal frames in an inconspicuous area. Doing this helps police locate and return stolen seats. Anyone who sees suspicious activity is asked to call the Downey Police Department at (562) 904-2334. For more tips on how to prevent auto-related crimes, call Detective Ethan Roberts at (562) 904-2334.
********** Published: November 17, 2011 - Volume 10 - Issue 31