DC Auto Thefts Increase

Technology increasing auto thefts in DC.


(Washington, DC) — There has been a spike in auto thefts in the District and the Office of the Attorney General believes it knows why. Attorney General Karl Racine believes 75 percent of auto thefts are connected to the car rental app Getaround. Racine says he believes car thieves search the app for available vehicles. Getaround allows drivers instant access to search, rent and unlock thousands of cars, trucks and vans available nearby. The Attorney General says once an available car is located, thieves know the keys are somewhere inside. D.C. Police report more than 200 cars have already been stolen in 2020 representing a 38 percent increase in car thefts in the District over the same period last year.