Significant increase in carjacking in Philadelphia compared to 2021; Residents at Fairmount Fear They’re the Next Target – Greeley Tribune

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Not only are shooting incidents on the rise in Philadelphia, but carjackings are also taking place. There have been 91 carjackings so far this year, compared to only 24 at the same time last year.

Philadelphia police have recovered a car they saw as part of a failed carjacking attempt on Wednesday night. An off-duty Philadelphia police officer says the white Honda rear-ended his Chevy Malibu at Ogontz and Olney Avenues. They followed the car into Lower Merion.

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Police later found Honda and two suspects in Overbrook.

Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw talks about the carjacking escalation in Philly on Thursday afternoon.

“Philadelphia has seen an increase in the number of carjackings,” the robber said. “Unfortunately, this trend is not unique to Philadelphia. I know these words bring little comfort to members of our community right now, many of whom are experiencing fear and uncertainty, but I hope we can help them with their fears. I hope they know and understand that the Philadelphia Police Department is working actively to identify and apprehend the individuals who commit these crimes.”

The police commissioner says the department is deploying more resources to catch suspects and prevent carjackings before they happen.

Meanwhile, some are terrified and fear they may be next.

“I love Fairmount, I want nothing more than to live in Fairmount,” said Laura Velasco.

But Velasco isn’t so sure it’s the safest move. Not least because she says her neighborhood seems to have been surrounded by a ring of carjackers.

Shocking reality for this mother.

“If it’s me carjacking, well, I hand over my keys,” she said. “I can’t do that to my son.”

Philadelphia has seen a threefold increase in carjackings in the past few weeks compared to the same time last year.

Video from Fairmount shows a carjacking in broad daylight.

“If you look at the video, you can see that there are two people and they are just waiting and they very calmly walk up to the car and they take it from the neighbor,” Velasco said.

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A departure from the norm, what worries the neighbors as these carjackings are no longer happening in the middle of the night but at any time of the day.

“All of a sudden, I’m like, ‘Oh, these carjackings are happening really close to home,’ and then two days later, there was one in broad daylight,” Velasco said, “and I’m like, ‘Oh this No, just don’t sit in your car at 11 o’clock in the night.”

The unnecessary guilt prompted Velasco to email the office of Philadelphia City Council President Darrell Clark.

She typed, “I fear getting out of my car every day now.”

A staff member took note of their concerns and responded and the police would be alerted.

Velasco also messaged me.

“Essentially, they said they are taking some action, but they can’t really tell us what the action is, because it’s a police tactic,” Velasco said.

For now, Velasco says she and her husband keep their heads on the swivel, but their real fear is for their son.

“You reach your car door and you’re either going in or out and someone comes and more than likely they’ll have a gun and they’ll point it at you,” she said, “which is my My concern is for my son. I don’t want to point a gun at him.”

With these crimes on the rise, the Philadelphia Police want to make sure residents stay safe. They say they’re hot spots for carjacking—any time you’re getting out of your car, in your driveway, or in parking lots and garages, at gas stations and ATMs, and on poorly lit streets.

There are also two common scenarios to keep in mind. One is called “bump and run”. That’s when someone hits your car and when you step outside to look for damage, have another person steal it, if you feel threatened, stay inside, drive somewhere safe, and call 911.

Here is another scenario. Criminals will also ask for food delivery. Then when the food reaches there, they take the delivery driver’s car.

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Here are some safety measures from the police. First, get used to starting your car and driving immediately. You should also check your surroundings before entering any suspicious person or vehicle. Police recommend parking in well-lit areas with your windows facing up and doors closed.