Vanity theft deterrants?

Photo courtesy of REPRESENT.CO.ZAI get a mailing from Arlington county periodically with a report on crimes that have occurred in the area, and stolen cars are listed in there too, like this section from today’s report:

  • STOLEN AUTO 05/14/08, VA XWR7413, 2007 Honda Odyssey, blue, 1300 block N. Danville Street
  • STOLEN AUTO 05/15/08, DC BF6112, 1996 Mercedes C220, blue, 400 block of S. 18th Street
  • STOLEN AUTO 05/17/08, VA YLX-2805, 1997 Honda Accord, Black (Recovered), 1000 Arlington Boulevard
  • STOLEN AUTO 05/16/08, VA KEH-2906, 2004 GMC Savanna Van, White, 1200 block of S. Clark Street

What I’ve noticed it that it seems like I almost never see vanity plates listed there. In some places this might not be a big deal but with 16% of the cars in Virgina having them it seems like they should show up more often… every 3 out of 20 cars stolen, really.

Am I failing to detect the pattern or do thieves not want to drive off with a more identifiable car?

car theft, courtesy of REPRESENT.CO.ZA

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