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News Release

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Media Relations

Tailgate, Tire, and Wheel Thefts in Mission Area NR17091ti

Sylmar: Auto theft detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Mission Division are asking for the public's assistance in providing any information that would lead to the arrest of the suspects responsible for a rash of vehicle tailgate, tire and wheel thefts.

During the past six months, there has been an increase in the theft of vehicle tailgates, tires and wheels in the Sylmar, Mission Hills and Panorama City areas and all truck tailgates are being targeted.

Detectives recommend locking your tailgate, parking in a well-lit area, parking your vehicle backed up to a wall and most importantly marking your tailgate with identifying markings. In addition, vehicle wheels, should also be marked for easy identification. Should you feel the need to take extra measures you can find locking accessories at your local Auto Parts store.

Anyone with information regarding the crime is asked to contact Mission Area Auto detectives at (818) 838-9810. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to Tipsters may also visit, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.