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Posted on: May 13, 2021

FPD investigating regional trend of wheel thefts


Over the last couple of weeks, The Frederick Police Department has seen a regional trend of tires and rims being stolen off of cars. Two such incidents have occurred in the City in the Prospect Hall Apartment Complex. The offenders have targeted Honda Accords, which are a popular model to target for these kinds of thefts.  

These thefts often occur because rims and tires are easy to steal and offenders can remove the tires in less than 10 minutes. Tires and rims can also be easy for offenders to sell, and are not trackable in the same way most vehicles are.  

The Frederick Police Department recommends residents take steps to help protect the rims and tires on their vehicle from being stolen. Suggested actions can include:  

  • Buying a lug nut lock
  • Installing an alarm with a sensor 
  • Parking in secure, well-lit areas 
  • Turning your wheels to a 45-degree angle to make lug nuts more difficult to remove 
  • Parking close to a curb to make it more difficult to remove a tire 

If you have experienced a rim/tire theft on your vehicle please contact FPD at our tip lines at 301-600-TIPS (8477), send information via email to, or send a text to 240-674-TIPS (8477).

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