A crime that has many Chicago-area drivers on edge is the increasing number of carjackings.
There’s been an increase in carjackings nationwide, but Chicago is reporting more incidents than any other city in the U.S. The city is seeing triple the number of carjackings from a decade ago, with 1,655 reported carjackings in 2022.
According to the National Crime Information Center, Chicago had 21,516 reported auto thefts in 2022, up from 13,856 the previous year. Those numbers represent all auto thefts, including carjackings.
In an attempt to curb this crime, Illinois’ General Assembly recently passed a bill requiring car manufacturers to establish a 24-hour hotline allowing police to track stolen cars.
The state also recently awarded $21 million in grants to law enforcement agencies to combat carjackings. Half of that money will go to the Illinois State Police.
“There’s been a big push in the last year to increase our intelligence sharing across agencies,” says Cpt. David Keltner of the Illinois State Police. “There’s also been a focus on the utilization of new technology as well as an expansion of air support to help us find the vehicles, track down the carjackers and make safe arrests.”