www.Syracuse.com, Anne Hayes, June 22,2022

 Syracuse, N.Y. – Car thefts in Syracuse have been on the rise since February, according to police data.

Children and teens are a big contributor to this rise in thefts, according to a Syracuse police spokesperson.

As of June 6, car thefts citywide have increased 26% when compared to the same time period last year, according to Syracuse police crime data. The thefts are up 35% compared to a five-year average.

This increase is not unique to Syracuse. Car thefts have been steadily rising across New York state and nationwide since 2019, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB).

There was a nationwide increase of 16.5% in 2021 compared to 2019 and nearly 29% compared to 2017, according to NICB data. New York State saw a 59% increase in 2021 compared to 2019.

Although preliminary data for 2022 is not available, the trend appears to be continuing across the state. In March 2022, the president of the NICB testified before Senate Judiciary Committee on the unprecedented rise in auto thefts. Full article