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What Cars Are Thieves Looking To Steal In Brooklyn?


After receiving several rounds of applause for his promotion from captain, Deputy Inspector Georgios Mastrokostas launched into his monthly report to the 61st Precinct Community Council last Wednesday.

Among the highlights of his statement, the deputy inspector pointed out that the neighborhood is seeing an increase of 22 stolen vehicles for the year. The thefts are concentrated in the southern and southeastern part of the command, making Sheepshead Bay, Gerritsen Beach and Manhattan Beach auto theft hot-spots.

The most popular vehicle on crooks’ shopping lists? The Ford Econoline, which Mastrokostas said is being parted out at Brooklyn’s chop shops. Other popular targets include the Honda Civic, Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Nissan Maxima and the Dodge Caravan.

If you own these cars, please take extra precaution and park in well-lighted areas, and consider investing in an alarm system.

[Watch our video from April, where officers discuss which cars are being targeted for tire and rim thefts.]

Mastrokostas also notes a spike in burglary arrests. Though burglary is down compared to last year, the precinct is responsible for making arrests in 53 burglary cases, up from 29 last year. The deputy inspector said they took about 46 individuals off the streets in those cases, and they suspect they’re responsible for many more break-ins than what they were charged with. He noted that video surveillance plays a large role in identifying suspects.

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  1. How many ford capris are still on the road? Ford hasn’t made a capri since 1994 – and that was in Australia.

    According to Wikipedia…

    Ford Capri was a name used by the Ford Motor Company for three different automobile models. The Ford Consul Capri coupé was produced by Ford of Britain between 1961 and 1964. The Ford Capri coupé was produced by Ford of Europe from 1969 to 1986. The Ford Capri convertible was produced by the Ford Motor Company of Australia from 1989 to 1994.

    The Capri name was also used by Ford’s Lincoln-Mercury Division on six different models which did not bear the Ford name. The Lincoln Cosmopolitan Capri from 1950 to 1951; the Lincoln Capri from 1952 to 1959; the Mercury Comet Capri in 1966-1967; and three different Mercury Capris from 1970 to 1977, 1979 to 1986, and 1991 to 1994.

    The Ford Capri’s European advertising slogan was “The car you always promised yourself”. The North American advertising campaign was “Capri: The Sexy European”.

  2. FYI: If you can, remove your radio faces from the fixed boxes of your vehicle when you’re leaving it parked. Someone stole the radio face and tried to remove the box (unsuccessfully) from my car two weeks ago.

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