Clarity easy to break into? I’ve had 3 break-ins

Discussion in 'Clarity' started by LowLow, May 1, 2021.

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  1. LowLow

    LowLow New Member

    I don’t know if I’m having bad luck or what but I’ve had my clarity broken into three times in the last year. It’s happening in the Angeles national forest so it’s a bit out there but close enough to civilization to have issues. But I’ve been going to the Angeles for many years before I got my clarity and didn’t have even one break-in.

    It looks like they just shove a screwdriver into the lock and open the door. After that, you can still lock the door but it’s very easy to open with any screwdriver-shaped object and it doesn’t make the second beep when it locks.

    So are Clarities especially easy to break into or am I just having bad luck?

    It costs $500 to fix the lock at the dealer so this time I was just going to not fix it. It locks so you would actually need to have intent to break in, so I figure it’s basically the same situation I’m in now.

    I was also considering putting some jb weld into the lock, but then I wouldn’t be able to use it if I needed to. Not sure what to do. Any suggestions are appreciated!
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  3. JFon101231

    JFon101231 Active Member

    Probably just more crack heads... question are the cars next to you getting broken into at the trailhead too? I doubt there are enough Clarity out there that thief would even specifically target them to check for design weaknesses IMO
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  4. LowLow

    LowLow New Member

    Yeah, that’s definitely possible. I couldn’t tell if other cars were broken into except the last time, where I went with a friend and her car wasn’t broken into and mine was. Otherwise it’s hard to tell because they put everything back the way it was. Actually the first time my car got broken into I didn’t realize it until the second time. The only thing I noticed was that the car stopped beeping, and later discovered why.
  5. Thanks for the heads-up @LowLow.

    I wonder if the Clarity has same lock hardware as the Accord?
  6. MrFixit

    MrFixit Well-Known Member

    Sadly, it is not the same...
    Accord - 04921-TVA-A01 - $44
    Clarity - 04921-TRT-A01 - $140

    These parts "look" the same on the little diagrams, but they are likely different.
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  8. marshall

    marshall Well-Known Member

    How easy is it to steal the catalytic converter? That's may be next?
  9. The Prius seems to be the low hanging fruit at the moment.

    One could remove the Plug-in Hybrid badges for starters, this improves the appearance IMHO, and if so inclined, order Electric badges. That might fool a moderately intelligent thief.
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  10. Recoil45

    Recoil45 Active Member

    That's more common is trucks and SUVs where you don't need to jack up the car.

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  11. JFon101231

    JFon101231 Active Member

    Yup. I had one taken from a truck I was about to junk before I could get to it. In NH and VT they were hitting tow vehicles when people were out riding their snowmobiles...
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  13. Recoil45

    Recoil45 Active Member

    With modern cordless tools it takes about 60 seconds to remove a cat from a truck. Cars that need to be jacked up take longer and attract too much attention.

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  14. Dislin

    Dislin Member

    I haven't heard anything about this. Offhand, I'd venture you're really unlucky and/or need to stop parking there, lol.

    I really cannot imagine that these are being targeted. Even knowledgeable thieves probably have no idea what this car is.
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  15. One thought I had is since Honda is the most popular brand for thieves to attack, any Honda sedan is going to attract attention more than say a Subaru wagon.
    I'd guess that less knowledgeable thieves probably mistake the Clarity for some variant of an Accord.
  16. neal adkins

    neal adkins Active Member

    I would say your peace of mind is most important. You may consider an alerm that is touch sensitive. That would definitely mess with their heads.
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