According to the Austin Police Department, there has been a 37 percent rise in the number of thefts committed against motor vehicles.
According to the Austin Police Department, the number of vehicle thefts in the city has increased by more than 40 percent over the same time last year (March).
When data from March 2022 and March 2021 were compared, the police department found that there was a 37 percent year-over-year increase in the number of vehicle thefts.
In the first three months of 2019, Austin police documented 466 auto thefts, which is an increase over the 341 thefts recorded during the same period in 2021. In March of 2021, the APD recorded a surge in downtown of 150 percent from the previous month.
The “blink of an eye” is all it takes for a vehicle to be stolen, according to Detective Francisco Jimenez of the Auto Theft Unit for the Austin Police Department.