New York is seeing car crimes surge during Coronavirus

If living in the epicenter of a global pandemic wasn’t bad enough, now New Yorkers need to be extra worried that their cars will be stolen or broken into. According to the NYPD on April 19, auto theft is up 63% this year (1,913 stolen vehicles) compared to the same time in 2019 (1,716 cases.) This is an over 50% increase when you compare the two time periods.

Most crimes were reported in Brooklyn (599) followed by Queens (575), The Bronx (464), Manhattan (218), and Staten Island (57).

But New York isn’t the only place having trouble. Both Seattle and Los Angeles have also seen spikes in car theft crimes.

The Los Angeles Police Department saw an 11.3% increase in the stolen car filings from March 15 to April 11 compared to the month before. Interestingly though crime rates overall are down in LA. Seattle also saw a 24% increase in car theft compared to the same time period last year.

With city residents being asked to stay home except to go out for essentials and so many businesses closed, cars are being used less. People aren’t even moving their cars most days and with just so many fewer humans around in general, cars are more vulnerable.

The NYPD also reported that more young people, under 18, are committing these car crimes.

These are the top car types that are seeing the most break-ins:

  1. Honda Accord
  2. Toyota Camry
  3. Honda Civic
  4. Nissan Altima
  5. Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee
  6. Honda CR-V
  7. Ford pick-up (full size)
  8. Toyota Corolla
  9. Dodge Caravan
  10. Nissan Rogue