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March 10, 2022: District Attorney Gascón Shares Tips On How to Prevent Auto Thefts

Tatevik Tigranyan, Public Information Assistant
(213) 257-2000

En Español

District Attorney George Gascón released a public service announcement today warning residents to be vigilant in response to a noticeable increase in auto thefts in Los Angeles County.

“Auto theft is a costly crime that impacts its victims’ ability to get to work and to school,” District Attorney Gascón said. “My office is working with our law enforcement partners to hold accountable the people who take vehicles. Help us prevent these crimes by taking a few simple steps.” 

In Los Angeles County, motor vehicle thefts were at a 10-year high in 2020. The Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reported a total of 39,894 vehicles stolen within their jurisdictions in 2021 compared to 34,003 in 2020.

While some vehicles were stolen for parts or to commit other crimes, most were taken for transportation and recovered within a three to five-day period.

Here are a few easy steps you can take to help us reduce crime in our community:

  • Always lock your car door.
  • Do not leave a spare key in your vehicle.
  • Park in a well-lit area.
  • Get an anti-theft device for your vehicle.

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