Police: Car thefts up nearly 90% in Minneapolis over same time period last year
Car thefts in the city of Minneapolis are up nearly 90% in the first three weeks of 2020 when compared to the same time frame in 2019, according to police.
During a press conference Friday, the Minneapolis Police Department announced that 262 cars have been stolen in the first three weeks of the new year. That total is nearly 90% higher than the amount of cars stolen during the same time frame last year, the department said.
A police spokesman said that nearly 73% of the auto thefts this year are the result of cars left running while unattended. Police urged drivers to refrain from leaving their cars running while unattended and warned that Minneapolis has an open ignition law allowing citations for unattended running vehicles.
• HELP PREVENT THE RISE OF AUTO THEFTS CITYWIDE • 262 auto thefts have occurred so far in the first 3 weeks of 2020, which means about 13 cars stolen per day. Full article with tips on how to prevent this: https://t.co/s9WDmdVtjz pic.twitter.com/4x2Bt7Zwqy— Minneapolis Police (@MinneapolisPD) January 24, 2020
Along with leaving cars unattended while running, police noticed two other trends in the thefts: food delivery drivers out of their car for longer than expected and leaving fobs in cars.
According to police, there is no trend in specific types of vehicles being stolen, the crimes simply appear to be crimes of opportunity.
St. Paul Police issued a similar warning to drivers in December after a rash of stolen vehicle reports.