Between March 1 and April 26, the NYPD has seen 19 cases of side mirrors stripped from vehicles. In all cases, the vehicles were luxury automobiles, including Audi, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Lexus.
"It is likely the mirrors are being stolen in order to re-sell them," an NYPD spokesman told the NYP. The account put the value of the mirrors at between $1,500 and $2,000.
The majority of the crimes have taken place in one of Manhattan's fanciest and money-rich areas, as 14 thefts occurred in the Upper West Side. Others were reported in the Upper East Side, Harlem and Hamilton Heights.
The rise of tech-filled rides that offer active safety features and driving assistance has made automobile exteriors more vulnerable than ever. In addition to the possibility of hackers getting into a car's systems, several body parts now have expensive implanted sensors and cameras.