Lock your cars! Vehicle theft spikes in COVID-19 pandemic

 

Last updated 5/25/2020 at 11:56am

STEFANIE DAZIO

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The coronavirus hasn't been kind to car owners.

With more people than ever staying home to lessen the spread of COVID-19, their sedans, pickup trucks and SUVs are parked unattended on the streets, making them easy targets for opportunistic thieves.

Despite silent streets and nearly nonexistent traffic, vehicle larcenies shot up 63% in New York and nearly 17% in Los Angeles from Jan. 1 through mid-May, compared with the same period last year.

And many other law enforcement agencies around the U.S. are reporting an increase in stolen cars and...



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