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Six Accords stolen over weekend

Forest Park police are investigating a rash of Honda Accords stolen north of Forest Parkway but say they still have no leads.

Six mid- to late-1990s Honda Accord sedans were stolen Friday and Saturday after dark, all from residences or apartment complexes. Normally, three cars stolen in a month “would be considered high,” said Major Chris Matson, public information officer for the Forest Park Police Department.

The only clue is what the thieves didn’t leave — no broken glass was found where the cars were last parked, which suggests windows weren’t broken to gain access, according to Matson.

None of the cars has been recovered. And because they’re probably going to be stripped for parts, the likelihood that they will be found intact is slim, according to Frank Scafidi, spokesman for the National Insurance Crime Bureau near Chicago.

According to 2010 data, the Honda Accord is the car most often stolen both nationally and in Georgia. Scafidi said the reasons are that they last for years, their owners need parts to keep them repaired, and they’re easier to enter than newer models. Cars like that often go straight to chop shops to be cannibalized.

“It’s kind of a backhanded compliment,” Scafidi said of the Accords’ popularity with thieves.

Matson advised owners of 1990s-era Accords to take extra precautions to discourage thieves from stealing their cars, including disconnecting their batteries or blocking them in with other vehicles so they can’t be moved easily.

Still, Scafidi said that there’s only so much you can do if a thief really wants your car.

“At the end of the day, you can only take so many precautions,” Scafidi said. “Unless you sleep in the thing.”