News Story


SUV Third Row Seat Thefts on the Rise
4/28/2015 3:00:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

SUV Third Row Seat Thefts on the Rise


City of Moorpark and Surrounding Unincorporated areas

Date & Time:

Monday, April 28, 2015 at 7:32am

Unit(s) Responsible:

Moorpark Police Department Beat Coordinator Unit


Thieves throughout Ventura County including Moorpark are targeting SUVs parked in driveways, streets, and parking lots.  They are stealing the 'third row' seating from victims to sell them on various internet auctions and sales sites.  Thieves can make over a $1,000 per third row seat depending on the make and model of the vehicle and overall condition of the seat.

Now that many of us are becoming more security conscious about our vehicles by locking our cars and assuring that our valuables are out of sight or removed all together, we now have to take additional steps to protect our vehicle investment.

Keep in mind most car alarms do not cover the back window hatch of the vehicle and this is where most of the thefts are occurring.  The thieves are capable of making entry into the back window, undetected, and stealing the third row seat in less than 40 seconds.

Even when Police recover the stolen seats, we have no way of knowing who the owner was.  Because of this, the Moorpark Police Department and the Ventura County Sheriff's Office are encouraging vehicle owners to engrave their SUV's vehicle identification number in an inconspicuous location on the bottom of the seats.  Make sure the engraving is on a permanent portion of attached metal, like the frame.  We are also recommending if possible, to cable lock and secure your seat to the vehicle.  To make it even more difficult to make entry into your SUV, park it in your driveway with the rear tailgate door as close as possible to your garage door.

Using these Crime Prevention techniques may not prevent the theft, but it will slow the thief down and possibly provide that additional time needed for someone to notice and call the police.  It will also help the police identify stolen property during the recovery process.  Remember if you see something suspicious, Call Law Enforcement.

Prepared by:

Senior Deputy Beat Coordinator Bob Berger


News Release Date:

Monday, April 28, 2015


Follow-Up Contact:

Senior Deputy Bob Berger   (805) 299-1504


Approved by:

Stephen Wade, Captain