Since January 1, 2022, the Grand Rapids Police Department's crime map shows there have been 93 reports of stolen vehicles. Since 2018, car thefts in Grand Rapids have risen by 180%.

GRPD Sgt. James Wojczynski told Fox 17,

"Stolen vehicles and car break-ins and thefts have been a “consistent problem”.

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Wojczynski said people will steal a car, take it for a joyride and then abandon it on any street in the city. The sergeant warned of leaving your car running while not in it. You might be tempted to let your car heat up, however this is an invitation for someone looking for a free ride. He says, "Don't leave your keys in your vehicle."

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GRPD stated that criminals will also lurk around car dealerships or auto body shops, break into the businesses, grab the keys from the lockbox and then steal the vehicles. They also state that a stolen car is a first step to more crime about to be committed.

Wojczynski also said there has been a "consistent problem with catalytic converter thefts".

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Is Car Theft In Grand Rapids More Prevalent Than Other Michigan Cities?

Car theft is slightly more common in Grand Rapids than in Michigan as a whole. There are 2.5 car thefts per 1,000 people per year — the state average is 2.3. That means that car theft is more common in Grand Rapids than in Flint or Ann Arbor but its less common than in Lansing or Detroit.

What Are The Different Types Of Vehicle Theft In Michigan?

Michigan law prohibits several acts related to motor vehicle theft, including larceny, joyriding, and carjacking. A person who steals a motor vehicle can be prosecuted under Michigan's larceny statute.

You can see nefarious activity on this crime map.

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