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By meerna Jun12,2024

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department has seen a massive 38% increase in stolen cars this year compared to last year.

Nearly 3,000 car thefts have been reported so far in 2024, an average of 18 cars per day in the city.

IMPD told I-Team 8 that stolen cars have increased in part because of videos on social media that provide detailed instructions on how to steal certain types of cars. These videos teach people how to steal Kias and Hyundais.

In this type of cars, it is easier for thieves to tear off the plastic steering column in order to vandalize the car.

IMPD says Kia and Hyundai brands have accounted for the vast majority of stolen cars over the past few years for this reason.

However, this year, thieves are expanding their activities and also attacking cars of other brands.

The surge in car thefts has not led to an increase in car theft arrests.

IMPD Officer Alyssa Hunter said, “We are recovering multiple vehicles that were previously stolen. Most of the time they are empty.”

IMPD wants to help car owners be proactive and prevent their cars from being stolen. Hunter said: “We have free steering wheel locks so you can lock your vehicles if you park outside. If you have a garage, we encourage you to use this space for parking.”

Despite a huge increase in car thefts, overall crime is down 7% compared to the same period in 2023, according to IMPD.

By meerna

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