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Eastside police give away steering wheel locks to prevent car thefts [Updated]

December 1, 2010 | 12:01 pm

Click for an interactive map of crime in Boyle Heights Officers at the Hollenbeck Community Police Station gave away security steering wheel locks to residents Wednesday to help educate them about protecting their cars from thieves.

Police said the most targeted vehicles for stealing and breaking into in Boyle Heights, Lincoln Heights and El Sereno tend to be 1990s models of the Honda Accord, Honda Civic, Toyota Camry and Acura Integra.

The cars are targeted for their parts and used by thieves as transportation, police said.

Authorities planned to hand out about 300 free “clubs” Wednesday to Hollenbeck residents who are registered owners of the targeted models.

[Corrected, 2:42 p.m.: A previous version of this post incorrectly stated that this event occurred in East L.A., an unincorporated area of L.A. County. It was at the Hollenbeck station on the city of Los Angeles' Eastside.]

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Map: Recent crime reports in Boyle Heights. Source: Crime L.A.

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