FAST FIVE: Car Theft Hits Record High In Los Angeles
Car Theft Hits Record High In Los Angeles Tyler Durden Sat, 08/01/2020 – 23:30 A COVID-19-induced recession, with exceptionally high unemployment in Los Angeles, has resulted in record-high auto thefts in 2Q20.
A new report via Crosstown LA, who examined the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) data, reveals that 5,744 vehicle thefts occurred between April and June, up 57.7% from the same period last year.
As thousands of businesses closed in the southern California city, the unemployment rate skyrocketed past 13.2%, recorded in 2010, to 19.5%, as the virus-induced recession permanently closed businesses and severely pressure household finances. A tick up in crime is common during deep economic downturns.
“So what's happening is we are seeing repeat offenders.” Crosstown describes, in one instance, a man was arrested three times in one day for stealing a car. Hosea said criminals were stealing cars during the lockdowns for transportation. “People are just using them for transportation.
“Like an Uber.” What could lead to even more car thefts this year is the Los Angeles City Council recently defunding the LAPD to the tune of $150 million.