November 2022 highest total for auto thefts in Lincoln

According to LPD, the department experienced the highest monthly total for auto thefts with 109 reported during November.
Published: Dec. 15, 2022 at 11:23 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 15, 2022 at 11:27 AM CST
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - Investigators with the Lincoln Police Department say they’re seeing an increase in auto thefts.

According to LPD, the department experienced the highest monthly total for auto thefts with 109 reported during November.

More: Car thefts on the rise, nearly half from drivers leaving keys in the vehicle

LPD said investigators are projecting to see a total of 861 auto thefts in 2022 which would be an all-time high.

1011 NOW spoke to two people who both said their cars were stolen in no time at all.

Rafed Alazuz said his car was stolen Wednesday morning around 5:30. He was about to leave for work in his 2002 Chevy Silverado in Northeast Lincoln, when he realized he forgot his work badge. He left that truck running and went to his other truck to grab his badge, and when he turned around, it was gone.

“Like five foot from my truck, and somebody jumped out of the truck and he took it,” Alazuz said.

Investigators said of the stolen cars in 2022, 68.6 percent were unlocked, 53.9 percent had the keys left inside and 20.7 percent were left running.

LPD data shows where cars were reported stolen in 2022.
LPD data shows where cars were reported stolen in 2022.(Lincoln Police Department)

LPD said 31.5 percent occurred on the street, 20 percent occurred at a multi-unit apartment, and 19 percent occurred at single-family residences.

According to police data, 31 percent of auto thefts in 2022 occurred from 10th to 30th St – South St to Vine St.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that a motor vehicle was stolen every 39 seconds in the United States in 2020.

Vehicle Theft Prevention

  • Take your vehicle’s key; do not leave it in or on your vehicle
  • Close and lock all windows and doors when you park
  • Park in well-lit areas if possible
  • Never leave valuables in your vehicle, especially if they can be seen from outside the vehicle