Expensive car rims and wheels are quickly becoming the hottest and most stolen car accessories
By David Maillie
You now see them pretty much everywhere you go. Big, expensive wheels make the car standout (called bling in the hip hop world) and show status and money. Due to the increased popularity of expensive car rims and wheels and the rising prices their theft has also risen. Many people with expensive rims on their vehicles are now finding their wheels missing when they awaken in the morning. Wheel theft can occur anywhere and due to the relative ease of fencing or liquidating the stolen wheels sometimes through online auctions like Ebay, Yahoo and similar their theft rate has gone through the roof.
Police and frustrated owners may know or be quite sure a set of wheels are theirs as they watch them being sold in an Ebay or Yahoo listing, but there is little they can do as most rims or expensive wheels lack personally identifiable information like a car VIN # which personally and uniquely identifies one car. But that is if the set of wheels is even listed on Ebay. There are many other places from Craig’s List, the online free local classifieds, to Myspace connections and even Yahoo and AOL groups where thieves can easily unload the stolen wheels for half their value or more in some cases if they are really desireable.
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Sometimes police have found the theft isn’t even financially related. Sometimes a jealous neighbor or acquaintance will steal the wheels in spite. The mindset here is if I can’t have the Sprewell spinners or Dubs (just a few of the big dollar wheel makers) than you can’t either. This can also and has been done by one gang or group of individuals to another especially in California and Florida.
Wheel theft is is primarily happening with the larger sized and most expensive wheels. These can be 25” to 30” or even bigger. Lebron James has a Hummer H2 that routinely is featured at car shows around the country and has unique 32 inch wheels which are absolutely huge. These are the wheels also seen on numerous hip hop and R & B music videos. They are displayed as a symbol of wealth and power and even mentioned in numerous hits and songs as 20’s, Dubs, etc… Almost every major rap artist has a set of expensive spinners or rims on their vehicles and in their videos. These big blinging wheels have quickly become one of the leading representative symbols of the rap world.
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