LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The city of Los Angeles has seen a serous spike in stolen cars since the coronavirus pandemic began, according to a report released Monday.

FILE — An aerial view of stationed rental cars parked at Dodger Stadium on May 20, 2020 in Los Angeles, Calif. With rental cars in short demand with most travel curtailed, rental car companies have parked surplus vehicles at the lot as they have limited capacity to station them elsewhere. (Getty Images)

5,744 car thefts were reported to Los Angeles police in the second quarter of 2020, which is the three-month period of April through July, based on data collected by the USC Annenberg School of Journalism’s nonprofit group Crosstown.

That is the highest number of stolen cars for any single quarter since the LAPD began making the statistic public in 2010, according to Crosstown’s report released Monday.

The 5,744 car thefts were a 57.7% increase from the same period in 2019.

The neighborhood of Boyle Heights saw the highest number of stolen cars, with 327.

Possible reasons for the spike include people leaving their cars parked on the street for long periods of time because of the lockdown measures which have more Angelenos working remotely, Crosstown determined.

To read the full report, click here.

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Comments (7)
  1. Grumpy Old Man says:

    Package thefts on the rise because more online deliveries. Vehicle thefts at record levels because people aren’t driving their vehicles…VICTIM Blaming at its journalistic finest. What’s next, the huge spike in murders is caused by people wearing masks? How about spineless elected officials who inspire criminal activity by not prosecuting looters and releasing convicted criminals from the easiest isolation to enforce. Give them a mask and lock them in their cells. How is that different from my family and I self isolating and staying at home? By these “journalistic standards”, we are guilty of killing off the neighborhood restaurant and hair salon, because we aren’t out there patronizing them. LA…How much longer will you let the criminals have more rights than the victim’s?

  2. Patrick says:

    @Grumpy Old Man – Ditto

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