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Los Angeles sees record number of car thefts after coronavirus

Los Angeles is experiencing a record number of car thefts during the second quarter of 2020, according to the latest analysis.

Data reveals the period between April and June observed more thefts than any other time since the Los Angeles Police Department started providing information to the public.

During those months, 5,744 vehicles were stolen, a boost of 57.7% from the same period in 2019.

The increase comes when the coronavirus crisis remain on-going.

The neighborhood of Boyle Heights experienced the highest number of stolen cars, with 327.

The report about the thefts in Los Angeles was produced by Crosstown, a non-profit news organization based out of the USC Annenberg School of Journalism.

Possible factors behind the spike include people leaving their cars parked on the street for long durations due to the lockdown measures which have more people working remotely.

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