“The Club” Returns to NYC Following Soaring Car Theft


Welcome back to The Club. Car theft has gotten so bad in New York City, that some cops are steering people to an ’80s throwback security device — The Club — to safeguard their ride, The Post has learned. Worried Upper West Side Audi owner Marie Desilets said local officers recently suggested she invest in the classic $39.99 steering wheel lock.

“People are very uncomfortable,” she said. That’s because auto theft in the city is up nearly 70 percent for the year — and a staggering 106 percent on Thanksgiving week alone, disturbing NYPD data reviewed by The Post show. From November 23 through November 29, thieves drove off with 186 cars, as compared to 90 during the same period the year before, the data shows.

And overall for the year so far, 8,217 cars were ripped off compared to 4,919 in 2019 — a 67 percent acceleration, the data show. Mark Macey, The Club’s national sales manager, confirmed that business is booming in the Big Apple. “Sales are up,” he said without providing numbers. “You can attribute that to the pandemic and also the rioting, looting, protesting, whatever you want to call it.”

Source: Fox News