How often are cars stolen in DeKalb County?

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How often are cars stolen in DeKalb County?

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DeKalb County police search a stolen van that crashed after officers say a man tried to avoid a roadblock. (File photo)

The DeKalb County Police Department handles thousands of car theft cases each year, with 2016 being a year of a slight increase.

By mid-December, the department had worked 3,740 auto theft cases, 43 more than 2015, according to statistics released to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 

It was a 1 percent increase, which was the first uptick in the numbers in several years. In 2014, thefts were down 5 percent. In 2015, they were down 4 percent.

In a recent interview, Cedric Alexander, DeKalb’s public safety director, said it’s hard to put a finger on why such stats shift. 

The department recently shared related tips here:

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