Aside from gun-related crimes, carnapping is also increasing in New York City.
Based on the latest data released by NYPD, the number of carjackings as of Sept. 19 are up 81 percent, with 324 reported so far this year, compared to 179 in the same 2020 timeframe.
Evaluating the NYPD data shows that the number is 277 percent higher than in 2019.
Authorities said the spike of carnapping cases could be blamed on the criminal’s mentality of low-risk high-reward crime with little or no consequences.
“The perpetrators know that the police can rarely chase and this emboldens them even more. If they are even caught, no bail. It’s a win-win for the bad guys,” said Joseph Giacalone, an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a former NYPD sergeant.