Steering wheels from BMW cars being targeted by thieves – police warning drivers


Drivers of BMW cars are being warned by the police following the theft of steering wheels from such vehicles in recent weeks.

Gangs of thieves seem to be targeting BMW cars, stealing the steering wheel from inside.

According to reports, during the past two weeks a total of five BMW cars were targeted in the village of Aylesford, near Maidstone in Kent, having their steering wheel stolen from inside the vehicle, whilst one car was also stolen.

It’s believed that thieves are targeting BMW steering wheels because of their value, which can be anywhere from £500 to £1,500.

Steering wheels from BMW cars being targeted by thieves - police warning drivers

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According to the police, the gang responsible for these recent thefts are believed to be the same ones who stole steering wheels out of 10 BMWs last November in Rochester and Maidstone, in Kent.

A number of car criminals steal this type of item, take out the airbag and sell them, however it’s believed that these were stolen to be sold on as ‘complete steering wheels.’

It’s been implied that some ‘high performance’ carbon fibre steering wheels found in BMWs can sell for as much as £1,500 online.

Kent Police are asking for residents to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity immediately.

Motorists are also being urged to thing carefully about where they park their car, especially those with a BMW, suggesting they should park their vehicle in a well-lit area, in a garage if possible or on the driveway at night.

As one resident pointed out in Maidstone, you can easily remove valuable items from your vehicle such as a sat nav to try and deter thieves but taking out the steering wheel just in case it might be stolen is pushing things a bit too far!


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