200% is the increase in Nassau County carjackings this year so far. In the age of Ring cameras and security, the most reliable way, according to police, is to simply lock your car doors. The recent increase in activity has some politicians like Josh Lafazan saying that funding more police cars can help tackle burglarized, stolen and run-over catalytic converter cars.
Baldwin’s statistics show that auto theft and auto theft are on track for an average year so far, if no frenzy begins in the second half. Going back to 2016 reports provided to the Herald by the Nassau County Police Department, the number of items stolen from vehicles was 66 and the cars themselves were 8. The following year, the rate climbs to the highest of six years of full data from 2016 to 2021, with 78 thefts and 21 carjackings.
Car crime is on par for a typical year so far, with data collected from January to April showing 29 car thefts and 10 carjackings. This does not mean, however, that the driver’s guards can go down. In this new era, there are dead giveaways that thieves can identify to see if a car is unlocked. For example, mirror positions in later model cars, which retract flush with the car when locked.
Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder urged the public in April to exercise due diligence by locking their doors so that not only their belongings are safe, but also NCPD officers. Ryder said this at a press conference after three thieves stole a car, ran away from cops and crashed into four police cruisers. In total, put five cops in the hospital.
“My cops get hurt trying to get your property back, that if it was locked we wouldn’t be in this situation. I wouldn’t have five sick cops and possibly career-ending injuries,” Ryder said.
97% of stolen cars in Nassau County could have been saved if they hadn’t been unlocked with key fobs left inside. “For some reason, intentionally or inadvertently, people leave their key fob in the car, and what happens is that these people get in the car, try to start it, drive away and now you lost your car. So either you lock it down or you lose it,” Ryder said.
Other issues drivers are facing are the rise in theft of catalytic converters. On June 17, a catalytic converter was ripped from a car on School Street. The converter is prized by black market sellers for the precious metals inside the converter’s honeycomb briquette, which contains rhodium, palladium and platinum.
Lawmakers are scrambling to pass a bill that would require scrap buyers to demand the car’s year, make, model and VIN number and documentation from the car’s owner.
Farmers Insurance has some tips online to protect you from thieves. The first is to engrave your license plate number on the converter, which will make it uniquely identifiable to law enforcement. If you leave your car outside, try to park in a well-lit area, if possible, the National Insurance Criminal Bureau (NICB) recommends parking in a well-lit area and making sure to set your car’s alarm. your vehicle. Installing a lighted motion detector and an anti-theft device can also deter would-be thieves.
The cars most often targeted are low-emission vehicles like hybrids because they make the most money because they contain more metals. Top-selling hybrids and hybrid models that do not have a matching all-gas equivalent may be the most vulnerable because they are easier to identify. Thieves can also target trucks and SUVs, as the higher ground clearance allows easier access to the catalytic converter.