To date, there have been more than 1,000 carjackings this year, compared to fewer than 500 at the same time in 2021.
PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — According to data from Action News, car thefts in Philadelphia have doubled in the last year.
As of the end of September, there have been more than 1,000 car thefts a year so far, compared to less than 500 at the same time in 2021.
A recent incident was caught on camera. Amir Harvey, 20, of Philadelphia, faces federal charges for allegedly stealing a car from a woman and her daughter in the driveway of a house on the 8900 block of Maxwell Place.
“Other than homicides and shootings, this is the third most common thing that happens nationwide,” said Philadelphia Police Department Inspector Charles Layton.
Action News has mapped all of this year’s car thefts in Philadelphia to see which areas were hotspots in the city. It shows that almost the whole city sees the problem.
“I only go out at night if I have to,” said Katherine Walker of North Philadelphia. She said she keeps her doors locked but worries she could be a victim.
“If I’m at a stop light or a stop sign and my window is cracked and I see someone, I roll it up and make sure my door is locked,” said Sharon Bracey of North Philadelphia.
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According to police, it’s more common to carjack in a parked car than while driving.
“The first thing we do is look at our phone. Now we’re not paying attention to what’s going on and at this point we’re easy targets,” said Inspector Layton.
Police are warning motorists not to let their cars warm up in driveways when it gets colder, as this could make them targets.
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https://6abc.com/philadelphia-carjackings-philly-crime-police-department-safety-issues/12279611/ Carjackings double over last year in Philadelphia, according to numbers from the Action News Data Journalism Team