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Police Report Spike in Third-Row Seat Thefts

Several third-row seats are stolen from cars parked in front of houses and in parking lots around Newport Beach.

A third-row seat is secured with a cable bike lock to prevent theft. (Photo courtesy Newport Beach Police Department)
A third-row seat is secured with a cable bike lock to prevent theft. (Photo courtesy Newport Beach Police Department)
Newport Beach police issued a crime alert Tuesday to warn residents about an increase in third-row thefts from SUVs.

According to police, between June 25 and July 20 several third-row seat thefts were reported in Newport Beach.  In most cases, the thefts occurred within a residential neighborhood and in public parking lots. Most of the cars were locked. Police said in one case, a suspect stole a stereo but was unable to snag the third-row seat because it was secured with a cable bike lock.
  • 2200 block of Cliff Drive on July 20 
  • 900 block of Kings Road on July 20 
  • 700 block of Cliff Drive on July 20 
  • 900 block of Newport Center Drive West on June 30
  • 4100 block of Colony Plz on June 25

The following tips are recommended to keep your third-row seats secure:

  • Use a bicycle-style cable lock to secure the third-row seat to your vehicle. 
  • Remove the seat when not in use. 
  • Park your vehicle in the garage. 
  • Engrave the VIN number or your driver license number on the seat frame.
  • Consider parking in an open lot. At night, make sure the lot is well-lighted. Most of the thefts have occurred in parking structures.
  •  When possible, back your vehicle in against a solid object to prevent access to the rear of your vehicle.
  • Close all windows and lock all doors.
If you see suspicious activity, call the Newport Beach Police Department at 949-644-3717.

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