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Chicago car thefts will be the worst in 2 decades as police alert the community

CHICAGO – Chicago and Cook County’s carjackings are on the way to becoming the worst in two decades as Chicago police issue another community alert about crime exploding.

According to a new database from the Cook County Sherriff’s Office, there were 43.5 percent more carjackings in Cook County in 2021 compared to 2020, with more than 115 carjackings in the suburbs of Cook County.

The database also found that Tuesday was the most common day for car theft for much of the year, with Sunday having been more marked than any other day in recent months. The west side of the city has been the epicenter for crime, while at the same time many vehicles stolen in the suburbs have been found to reappear on the west or south sides of the city.

More than two-thirds of carjacking victims in 2021 were men, with the CCSO also finding that the Toyota Camry was the most commonly stolen vehicle, with the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Nissan Altima not far behind.

So far in 2021, there were the fewest carjackings in March and April, with around 100 registered each month. Chicago had well over 200 more carjackings in January this year than any other month, with September having the second most reported carjacking that year.

Police have issued a warning to residents of the Lower West Side highlighting four recent car thefts in the area.

  • 1600 block of South Union Street, Sept. 26 at 4:18 a.m.
  • Block 1600 on West Cullerton Street, September 30, 2:55 a.m.
  • 1900 block of South May Street, October 3, 4:00 p.m.
  • 900 Block West 19th Place, October 3rd, 11:00 PM

According to the police, the perpetrators are one to three black men between the ages of 15 and 20. The police are asking anyone with information to call Area Three detectives at 312-744-8263.

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