Car stolen? Did you park Downtown?

LA beginning to gain the upper hand with auto theft


It’s been a bad year for car thieves.  It’s been a good year for car owners.


The first half of 2019 saw only 7,828 stolen cars, according to publicly available LAPD data


That’s 1,064 fewer vehicles than the same period in 2018, which saw a total of 8,892 stolen cars for the first six months of the year, a 12% decline. 


Boyle Heights retained its title as the top neighborhood for stolen cars in the first six months of this year, with 307.  Downtown came in second, with 245 stolen cars, an increase from last year. And, Van Nuys had the third highest number of stolen cars reported, with 124, but its numbers declined from last year. 


Below are the totals and rankings of the top ten neighborhoods for stolen cars from Jan. 1 – June 30, 2019.



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How we did it: We examined LAPD publicly available data on reports of vehicle thefts and attempted thefts for 2019, which revealed a decrease in first half incidents from the same time period last year. For neighborhood boundaries, we rely on the borders defined by the Los Angeles TimesLearn more about our data here.


LAPD data only reflect crimes that are reported to the department, not how many crimes actually occurred. In making our calculations, we rely on the data the LAPD makes publicly available. On occasion, LAPD may update past crime reports with new information, or recategorize past reports. Those revised reports do not always automatically become part of the public database.


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