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Subaru WRX/STIs are Being Targeted by Car Thieves; What Should Owners Do?

The biggest Subaru car club in Colorado, Simply Subies Colorado, says thieves are targeting their Subaru WRX and WRX STI performance cars. How do you prevent your car from being stolen?


If you own a 2002-2007 Subaru WRX or WRX STI watch out. Car thieves in the Denver, Colorado area are stealing the cars at an increased rate. Everyone knows the Subaru brand is popular in Colorado and thieves are targeting the area because performance parts on these models are hard to come by and they can make big money selling the WRX/STI parts specifically.

A report from Denver7- The Denver Channel, says Simply Subies Colorado, the largest Subaru club in Colorado, is experiencing a huge number of their cars being stolen recently. They spoke with club founder Levi Ransack who says thieves are targeting 2002-2007 Subaru WRX and WRX STI performance models and says that club members in Denver have been hit with “easily over 100 stolen Subarus” in the past month alone.

Luis Slotkin had his 2004 Subaru WRX STI performance car stolen recently and it was found stripped of its engine, hood, trunk lid and interior parts. Over $20,000 worth of parts were stolen off the car. Thieves aren’t taking the whole car, they are taking valuable WRX/STI parts. Many WRX./STI owners have invested in engine mods that are highly sought after and can be sold quickly.

What should WRX/STI owners do to protect their performance cars?

Experts say using steering wheel locks, and investing in an alarm system is well worth the money. IAG’s claims expert, Chris Kiddey, said most car thefts are calculated and they go after the easy target. "The car with the open window or unlocked door is the easiest target, so make sure you do a quick check particularly if you have kids with you who may have forgotten to lock their door."

So if you own a 2002-2007 Subaru WRX or WRX STI, you are at high risk of having your performance car stolen. Simple steps like always making sure the car is locked, secure your car keys, park in a well-lit public area and use a steering wheel lock can help prevent your Subaru from being stolen and stripped.

Photo and video credit: Denver7- The Denver Channel


Gil Hamilton (not verified)    July 19, 2017 - 6:32PM

Simply Subies is the SECOND largest Subaru club in Colorado. The largest by members is the SDSC, South Denver Subaru Club. Some members are in both but SDSC is the largest.

Girl Hamilton (not verified)    July 20, 2017 - 10:56AM

In reply to by Denis Flierl

Yes, every year there is a rash of Subaru theft, especially models with frameless windows. We try and educate our members to use theft protection, disablers, alarms, clubs even wheel boots. It seems like this has been going on since about 2010 when it really picked up.