A spike in carjackings, thefts and other crimes that started during the coronavirus pandemic is continuing in many parts of the country as fearful residents push their city’s leaders to do more to address the problem amid fears for their safety or discovering they lost their vehicle.

FBI data shows a noticeable and aggressive influx of car thefts in 2020, a trend that has continued to this year. Compared to before the pandemic in 2019 when there were 220.8 car thefts per 100,000 people, the rate of the incidents has continued to climb. Car thefts jumped to 246 per 100,000 people in 2020 and reached 282.7 in 2022, the most recent year in the FBI’s crime database.

Property crimes — which the FBI includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson — were also on the rise in 2022, which comes after a steady decline since 2012. There were about 1,954 property crimes per 100,000 people in 2022, an uptick from 1,832 the year prior.

The surges in property crimes comes as many parts of the country are seeing reductions in the levels of violent crimes like murders and shootings — though they are still above pre-pandemic levels — but many residents and businessowners have voiced safety concerns or frustrations with lost time, money and sense of security as some crimes continue proliferate.... Read More: FOX45