Car thefts on the rise nationally due to COVID-19

Crime

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Car thefts are on the rise with more people staying home due to COVID-19.

Austin, Texas saw a 50% in auto thefts in April.

A police officer in Austin says the virus has created the ‘perfect storm’ of opportunity because drivers are not using their cars regularly, and schools and businesses are closed.

In April of 2019, the Springfield Police Department had responded to 36 calls for service regarding a stolen car. In April of 2020, they’d only responded to 30.

Still, Springfield Police suggest to park in lighted and busy areas when possible and to not hide a spare key on your car since they are usually easy to find.

To read the full list of auto theft prevention by the Springfield Police, click here.

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