Fairfax Co. tries to tackle a rise in car thefts

With carjackings and car-related thefts on the rise throughout the D.C. region, the Fairfax County Police Department is hoping to crack down with a countywide enforcement and education initiative this month.

The Summer Crime Prevention team will step up patrols in areas that have historically been targeted for car break-ins.

The department is also offering tips for protecting yourself from car-related theft.

Car break-ins are crimes of opportunity, police say. Residents should park in spots with lots of streetlights and avoid leaving anything valuable inside vehicles, like a laptop or cellphone.

And while you may think that magnetic wheel will hide a key and fool car thieves, it probably won’t. Police are urging drivers not to leave a spare car key where it can easily be found by criminals.

You might want to spend the few hundred bucks on a car alarm or put in a GPS tracker. An Apple AirTag is just $30 and can be an affordable way to track a stolen vehicle.

If you have a Ring security camera, police ask that you link it to Neighbors By Ring, which can share your footage with your neighbors and the police.

Luke Lukert

Since joining WTOP Luke Lukert has held just about every job in the newsroom from producer to web writer and now he works as a full-time reporter. He is an avid fan of UGA football. Go Dawgs!

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