Carjackings Surge in Philadelphia
Philadelphia has seen over 400 carjackings in 2022. This massive surge has police officers confused and worried.
“We definitely saw an increase after corona,” Joseph Sullivan, a former deputy commissioner from Philadelphia, told Fox News Digital.
The veteran police officer told FOX 29 that the city has already recorded 420 carjackings in 2022. Officials remain puzzled by the possible cause of this surge, but Sullivan argued that the rise resulted from a mixture of more lenient enforcement policies and the end to programs that normally would keep kids off the streets….
Philadelphia was already reeling from a record-breaking 2021 that saw carjackings surge 85% over the previous year. The pandemic may have artificially suppressed some crime figures in 2020, but the city logged 840 carjackings in 2021 compared to an annual average of 230 between 2010 and 2019, according to Axios.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the crime does not remain isolated to a single part of the city, but hits across most areas. U.S. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, D-Pa., was the victim of a carjacking in broad daylight in December last year….
Philadelphia Chief Inspector Frank Vanore speculated that a change in technology may prove a significant factor. The rise of more advanced cars that require key fobs to drive would possibly force thieves to ensure the car is stolen while the fob is in the vehicle….
If the police do not continue to educate the public on the issue, it may lead to private citizens defending themselves. The rise in crime has likewise driven a surge in gun permit applications, at least, in part, for self-defense….
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(Excerpt from Fox News. Photo Credit: Bastian Pudill on Unsplash)
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