Chicago Police Superintendent David O. Brown introduced on Twitter that the division had made 210 arrests within the first 50 days of the 12 months for car-related crimes, comparable to vehicular hijacking, felony possession of a stolen automobile and felony trespass.
He additionally stated the variety of vehicular hijackings reported from Feb. 1 to Feb. 17 was down 35% from these reported from Jan. 15 to Jan. 31, although some social media customers questioned what function the climate performed within the lower in crime.
In one of the vital latest arrests, CPD officers arrested a 15-year-old boy on Wednesday morning for a Jan. 20 carjacking. The teenager was charged with one felony rely of vehicular hijacking for “forcibly” coming into a 36-year-old girl’s Subaru sedan and demanding her automobile earlier than driving off, police stated.
Officers beforehand revealed most carjacking offenders are between the ages of 15 and 20.
Brown introduced simply weeks in the past that the division was bolstering its vehicular hijacking job pressure, including 40 officers and strengthening neighborhood engagement efforts.
Carjackings rose about 135% final 12 months to 1,415 and proceed at a excessive tempo this 12 months, police statistics present. CPD recorded 218 carjackings in January 2021 – a staggering spike from the 77 reported throughout the identical time final 12 months, authorities beforehand informed Fox Information.