Vehicle Airbags Being Stolen from Vehicles Parked at Westwood Private Residences


Image by Marcel Langthim from Pixabay. Both driver-side and passenger-side vehicle airbags are deployed in this photo.

Recently, Westwood Police have received a number of reports of airbags being stolen from vehicles that are parked at private residences, on both the Islington and Westwood sides of town.

Most recently, on the evening of Saturday, October 1, 2022, a resident on Arcadia Road reported that around 6:00 p.m., the resident’s son entered their 2013 Honda Accord to go to work. He discovered the vehicle’s airbag was missing.

On Monday, September 26th, a resident of Birch Street reported another airbag theft that likely occurred between midnight on Sunday and noon on Monday. The resident’s 2007 Honda CRV was broken into and its driver-side airbag was disconnected and removed.

As Westwood Minute reported in last week’s Police Log article, on Sunday, September 25th, an air bag module was removed from a 2021 Acura in Islington. The vehicle was parked at a private home on Carroll Court.

Police have noted that at least in two of these incidents, similar scrape marks were found in and around the driver side door lock. The similar scrape marks could indicate that the same method was used to enter the vehicles, possibly by the same individual(s). In the case of the Arcadia theft, the resident reported that the vehicle’s doors appeared to have been relocked after the airbag was taken.

Police are investigating. Two neighbors may have had a line of sight to one of the thefts. There may also be video footage available from Ring video doorbells.

Thanks to Lieutenant Christopher Sheehy and Westwood Police for contributing information used in this article.

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