Thieves Targeting Third Row Seats

March 16, 2015

Thieves across the country are targeting third row seats in high-end SUVs. One PURE member in Dallas, TX reported that the seats from his 2009 Cadillac Escalade were stolen while the car was parked outside a restaurant. The seats can be removed in as quickly as 6 seconds and thieves typically get to them by unlocking the rear hatch window. Unfortunately, they are also quite expensive to replace, each one averaging around $1,000. To help protect your vehicle, consider the following precautions:

  1. Third row seat locks. These inexpensive locks (typically costing around $125) secure the seats in place, but can be easily removed by the vehicle owner. 
  2. Rear window vibration alarm. This sensor detects vibration and emits a 100 dB alarm to alert you of a potential break-in and encourages the would-be thief to turn away. 
  3. Engrave your vehicle’s VIN to the seats. This way, if they are stolen and then recovered, you stand a better chance of getting them back. 
  4. Park your vehicle in the reverse position near structures (whenever possible). Without ample space to remove the seats, would-be thieves will move on to an easier target. This is a good idea especially if you have heard of other break-ins in the area. 


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