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Car theft up 90% in Buffalo from last year

Posted at 8:19 PM, Feb 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-03 20:19:13-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Buffalo Police say car theft in Buffalo is at an all time high.

According to data provided to 7 Eyewitness news from the Buffalo Police Department, unauthorized use of vehicle (UUV) is at 1288 this year. In 2019, it was 678.

Buffalo Police say this has a lot to do with car owners leaving the cars in the vehicle while it’s running.

“We’re finding then those cars are used in other crimes and it’s a big problem,” said D district police chief Joseph Fahey.

Police addressed the public during a virtual meeting with concerned residents in the Elmwood Village, following a random stabbing that happened last Wednesday.

Police still are searching for the suspect. If you have any information, you’re asked to call 716-847-2255.

Buffalo Police say they have “park and walk” officers stationed in each of the districts. Neighbors say they’d like to see more police in the area.

Police say data usually drives where officers are stationed, and urge anyone with a problem to call 911 and report a crime.