Ling Fan says thieves have broken into her car twice. She lives in the Art Museum area along Pennsylvania Avenue.
"Once it was a GPS and the other time they stole a bag."
A navigation system, purses, electronics and other valuables are pretty common targets for thieves when left in plain sight. But police say there's been a rash of break-ins for something you might not think of - airbags.
Fan said,"That's crazy."
It sounds crazy but it's true.
Philadelphia police say someone broke into six cars for airbags in the 9th district. It happened on the 2800 and 2900 blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue and the 1600 and 1800 hundred blocks of Spring Garden. All cars had airbags stolen except one. The thieves tried but gave up and took a GPS power cord instead.
The first incident in the 9th district was February 8th and the most recent in the same district happened Wednesday. Police say there are also seven reports of ripped out airbags in the 6th district and an unknown number in the 26th district.
Most of the cars have been Hondas.
Robert Barretta said, "I'm not surprised in this area near the Art Museum. You have a wooded area here so thieves can hit the cars really quick and dive in the woods and not be seen."
Police say the main precaution is a club for your wheel. They saw this same crime briefly last summer but say nothing to this magnitude.