Philly Police: Carjackings on the rise in Philly, but there are some hotspots

PHILADELPHA (WPVI) — The Philadelphia Police Department says there have been 946 carjackings and attempts this year. That’s an increase from 847 in all of 2021.

Video released by the Philadelphia Police Department shows a car theft at 6 a.m. exactly a month ago in southwest Philadelphia. Two men approach, one of them armed, and the victim found himself in what police say is a very common position.

“Most auto thefts involve parked vehicles,” said Charles Layton, the Philadelphia Police Inspector.

In this case, the victim exits his car at the 600 block of South 62nd Street without a fight. Layton says it’s the best move.

“If someone comes at you with a gun, at that point you just give them the keys. It’s not worth your life for the car,” Layton said.

Carjackings happen all over the city, but investigators say there are a few hot spots.

“The 22nd Ward, the 24th and 25th in the East Division, and the lower end of the 15th Ward have the most carjackings right now,” Layton said.

In terms of perpetrators, police often see youth committing these crimes; Joyriding, using them for transportation or crime.

“These cars that are stolen from cars are also used in robberies and shootings,” Layton said.

With technology, criminal behavior is also changing.

“We developed the key fob to reduce car theft, but that increased the rate of car theft. Because you need these key fobs now,” Layton said.

The most commonly stolen cars in Philadelphia are Hondas and Toyotas. That can only be because they are more popular models on the street.

The police lesson: get in your car and drive immediately. Park your car and get out immediately.

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