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Honda, Toyota thefts on the rise in Sylmar, Panorama City

A Toyota Camry appears in this undated file photo.

August 28, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Car thieves are targeting Hondas and Toyotas more frequently in Sylmar and Panorama City, according to the Los Anegles Police Department.

Authorities say most of the thefts happen between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m., and most of the vehicles are more than 10 years old. Lt. Paul Vernon. with the Los Angeles Police Mission Division also said 88 percent of the thefts occur on a street or a parking lot.

Investigators say few older models have anti-theft systems, and many are left unlocked because the owners don't take as many precautions to safeguard older cars.

They recommend car owners park in a secured yard or garage, and install anti-theft systems.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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