NYC car thefts jump by more than 50% during COVID-19 pandemic: report

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April 21, 2020 - 2:40 pm

    NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Car thefts in New York City have increased by more than 50 percent in the last 28 days compared to the same time last year, according to a report.

    The NYPD logged 464 reports of vehicle theft within the past 28 days — up from 303 year-over-year, CNN reported Tuesday. 

    Crimes including rape and robbery, however, were down during that time period, the outlet reported, citing NYPD data.

    New York City isn’t the only U.S. metropolis that has experienced a grand theft auto surge during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the outlet. Seattle and Los Angeles also reported increases in car thefts. 

    “With the stay home order, people aren’t driving their cars and don’t realize they’ve been stolen,” Seattle Police Auto Theft Unit Lt. Tom Yoon said in a statement provided to the outlet. 

    Chicago and Dallas, meanwhile, reportedly saw drops in their car theft numbers over the past month.