Police Seeing Increase in Thefts from Automobiles, Statistics Show (VIDEO)

Vehicle-related theft dropped 7.9 percent from 2015 to 2016, but increased 19.4 percent in the first six months of this year compared with the same period in 2016.

The statistics are contained in a report presented to the Public Safety Committee of the Montgomery County Council on Monday.

Here is Capt. Michael Ward describing the challenges police face in combatting car thefts and thefts from automobiles:

Montgomery County Police tallied 5,534 vehicle-related thefts in 2015, which fell to 5,095 in 2016. However, for the first six months of 2016, the number was 2,338. For the first six months of 2017, the number was 2,792.

Car thefts, too, are on the upswing. The report says 820 car thefts were reported in 2015 and 912 in 2016. For the first six months of 2016, 385 car thefts were reported; in 2017, 474 during the same period in 2017.

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