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464 cars stolen in October; Hondas most popular stolen car

Sheriff's deputies recovered a stolen Honda in East Bakersfield late this afternoon. That in itself is hardly news, unless you look at the bigger picture. That car was one of 464 vehicles stolen in Kern County in just the last month.
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Sheriff's deputies recovered a stolen Honda in East Bakersfield late this afternoon. That in itself is hardly news, unless you look at the bigger picture. That car was one of 464 vehicles stolen in Kern County in just the last month. The Honda was stolen on October 15th. Although it was recovered Tuesday, the owner, Moses Jimenez, is devastated. I spent over a year saving and pinching pennies here and there and they just took it, Jimenez said. They can't get any jobs so they just go ahead and take whatever they think is theirs. The Sheriff's Department, Highway Patrol, and Bakersfield Police Department report 464 vehicles total were stolen last month in Kern County. The Sheriff's Department reported a 35% increase from September with 135 cars stolen last month. Bakersfield Police say 222 auto thefts occurred last month compared to 192 last October. While C.H.P. says they had 107 stolen and recovered cars last month compared to 98 at this time last year. Deputies say Hondas are the most common cars stolen and account for 30% of auto thefts in Kern County. Forbes Magazine reports the parts are easy to sell and bring top dollar on the black market. However, all car owners should be on the look-out. A car thief took off with Mark Madrigali's locked Lexus last month. I was in my office for five minutes, Madrigali explained. I came out and the car was gone. I was heartbroken. Madrigali's laptop and suitcase full of business suits were also stolen while he ran into work to get his mail. His car was recovered and returned in one piece. However, like Jimenez many cars are found completely stripped down. The majority of auto thefts are recovered, Sgt. Greg Jehle of the Bakersfield Police Department said. Some are recovered in the condition they were stolen in. Some are stripped. And a lot of that depends on whether or not they have custom wheels, custom stereos, etc. Authorities say car owners should be aware of what's in plain sight inside and outside their cars because auto thefts can happen anywhere at any time. Some tips to protect your vehicle include installing an alarm with a siren or a steering wheel locking device. Also, don't leave purses, i-pods or other valuables in plain view, and never leave your vehicle once it is started.

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