Steering Wheel Theft.
Premium cars often have multi-function steering wheels which house not only the airbag but have controls for onboard audio systems, handsfree phones and many onboard functions etc.
Issue: Steering wheels are being stolen by thieves who sell them on to those wanting a cheap replacement airbag or a steering wheel upgrade.
Thieves realise that steering wheels are expensive (especially with intact airbags) and can be stolen in seconds (literally). Teams target multiple cars in an areas on the same night.
BMW Drivers Beware! - you are particularly at risk with steering wheels removal in seconds after access is gained by smashing the drivers window.
Act now to protect your steering wheel!
Why do I need to worry ?
Steering wheels and their airbags are expensive and being targeted for theft.
Evidence indicates that they can be stolen in less than 30 seconds after smashing the drivers side window.
Latest BMW models are a prime target at this time along with GM vehicles in the USA.
What can I do ?
Sadly the thieves are very brazen. They target cars on private drives, parked in side streets, main roads and even public car parks, all typically at night unlike Catalytic Convertor theft which can be daytime.