Tijuana Car Thieves Love Asian Models

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Tijuana Car Thieves Love Asian Models  
Tijuana Car Thieves Love Asian Models

Many Americans who either live in or are visiting Southern California like to take a short jaunt across the border to Tijuana. While the city offers all kinds of diversions, car theft is a big problem, apparently in particular where shopping centers offer free parking.

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That’s what Ruben Alfredo Maximiliano Ramos, a prosecutor with the Baja Attorney General’s Officer told CBS 42 recently. He went on to explain that thieves are targeting Hyundais, Toyotas, Hondas, and Nissan Versas, which seems like an interesting assortment of Asian models.


About 18 cars are stolen in Tijuana on an average day, with 2,761 stolen January through May of this year versus 2,724 swiped during the same time period. In other words, the problem isn’t on the slide but instead is slightly increasing.

Ramos claims the thefts aren’t being committed by organized theft rings, instead saying “most car thieves operate by themselves.” We don’t know the dynamics of theft in the state of Baja, but we do know those types of claims have been made in the US and have fallen apart under scrutiny.

Either way, the big takeaway here is if you go to Tijuana, you might not want to use parking lots which don’t charge a fee. That means there are no attendants watching the cars, giving thieves plenty of time and opportunity to do whatever they want.

You might also want to think twice before driving an Asian car down there since thieves in Mexico apparently just love stealing them. We’re not sure why that’s the case because there are plenty of American vehicles south of the border, only that it’s true.

Ignoring these warnings could mean your next trip to Mexico involves you trying to walk back across the border after filing a report with Tijuana police.

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