Tucson sees high car theft rates - Tucson News Now

Tucson sees high car theft rates

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Plenty of car thefts occur every day in the metro area.

The Pima County Sheriff's Department reported 121 stolen vehicles from the beginning of the year through March, and 78 vehicles were recovered.

An additional 49 car theft incidents have been reported in Tucson since April 12, according to Crimereports.com, and a total of more than 100 incidents within the last 30 days.

According to the Pima County Sheriff's Department website, both the Phoenix and Tucson metro area are ranked in the nation's top 50 for the highest vehicle theft rates, year after year.

Last year, the Tucson Police Department reported that the most popular stolen vehicles were the Honda Accord, Honda Civic and Ford F250.

The department encourages the public to protect its vehicles with "layers of protection," including to be sure to park in well-lit areas, use a steering wheel lock as a warning device and to use a tracking device that emits a signal to police when the vehicle is reported stolen.

For crime statistics in your area, visit crimereports.com, search for Tucson results and click "Advanced Search" to choose crime types.

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