Car thefts on the rise, Tulsa ranked 10th in the nation

TULSA, Okla. — Auto theft is at a 10-year high in the U.S. and the National Insurance Crime Bureau is warning people that these rates may spike over the holidays.

Ron Hawpe had his car stolen this time last year while shopping despite locking it.

“I pulled into Home Depot at three in the afternoon,” Hawpe said. “I was in the store about 10 minutes, came out and my truck was gone.”

His car was locked with the windows up, but it didn’t stop the thieves.

“You feel safe when you pull up to these places you see cameras, but all they can do is react after the fact,” Hawpe continued.

The NICB said in a press release: “Due to increased crime risks, NICB encourages shoppers remain alert during the holidays. Criminals are searching for unlocked vehicles to take personal belongings and shopping goods, or to steal the car itself. Most holiday shoppers encounter a number of distractions, from heavy traffic to crowded stores, making auto theft and carjacking more probable.”

2020 saw more vehicles thefts in more than a decade nationwide, with a 13% increase since last year.

Criminals are searching for unlocked vehicles to take personal belongings and shopping goods, or to steal the car itself.

Tulsa is ranked number 10 in the nation for auto thefts.

NICB encourages shoppers remain alert during the holidays.