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Philadelphia Reports 91 Carjackings In The First Two Weeks Of 2022

The Philadelphia Police Commissioner called the increase "one of the more disturbing trends that we have seen"

Philadelphia experienced nearly four times as many carjackings during the first two weeks of this year as it did during the same period in 2021.

At least 91 carjackings occurred before the first full month of 2022 was over. 

There is no single issue that is more important to me, or the members of the PPD, than fighting violent crime,” said Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle M. Outlaw on Twitter. “One of the more disturbing trends that we have seen is the startling increase in the number of carjackings.”

Outlaw included a graphic with information detailing where carjackings often occur and advice for victims of a carjacking.

The flyer warned food delivery drivers might be at an increased risk of carjacking.

“The criminal calls for a food delivery to an address,” the graphic reads. “When the food arrives, the criminal steals the delivery driver’s vehicle.”

In an alternate scenario, a carjacker bumps a vehicle and then steals the car when the driver gets out to assess the damage.

“Unfortunately, this trend is not unique to Philadelphia. I know that those words bring little comfort right now to our community members, many of whom are experiencing fear and uncertainty, but I do hope that we will ease their fears,” Outlaw said in a statement on Jan. 13. “I do hope that they know and understand that the Philadelphia Police Department is actively working to identify and apprehend the individuals committing these crimes.”

Outlaw added that her department would increase the resources provided to catch carjacking suspects.

The rising number of carjackings is part of a continuing trend that has plagued the city. During the first two weeks of January 2021, 24 incidents of carjacking were reported – a 34% increase from 2020.

Carjackings are a daily occurrence, with the majority conducted by those under the age of 18.

“About 75 to 80 percent of our people arrested for carjackings are juveniles, some as young as 13 and 14-years-old,” said Captain John Ryan with the Philadelphia Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit in a December statement. “We’re seeing juveniles with numerous priors, prior carjacking, and they’re just getting released on house arrest, whatever good that does. It’s essentially a violent, a very personal crime, a very serious crime, and it can lead to tragedy.”

Incidents have been reported at all times of the day, with most occurring between 6 P.M. and 2 A.M. 

The police department has said most carjackings are “walk-up” — where the perpetrators wait for distracted people to walk up to their cars or for someone who has just parked.

Residents have been advised to park in well-lit areas, keep their windows rolled up, and lock their doors.

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6 responses to “Philadelphia Reports 91 Carjackings In The First Two Weeks Of 2022”

  1. HerrDoktor says:

    Obviously this is impossible, as Philadelphia has outlawed weapons. And carjacking.

    The funny thing is, I can absolutely see democrats respond to this by banning weapons EVEN HARDER!

  2. pandusa says:

    Space Time- Outlaw/ Portland ? I learn almost as much from the comments as I do from the articles. Thanks.
    “Unfortunately, this trend is not unique to Philadelphia “. I shall finish the Outlaw quote ” but is common to almost ALL major cities run by democratic officials”. If she should sue me … I believe, I CAN back it up in court. lol

  3. pandusa says:

    Wow NROL thanks for the info. Funny how these things tend to happen in areas with Democratic local govt. Must be a “coincidence”. I wondered WTF was up in Houston Tx.? I looked it up and…sure enough. That is why I believe Trump won (along with several other reasons). I just don’t know by how much. Law and Order- America saw for a year what was happening and where. They also saw who allowed and encouraged it.

  4. nrol34 says:

    Philadelphia laws for weapons are outrageous. You can’t even have a water gun. In PA you get 18 months in jail for brass knuckles. There are thousands of ghost guns on the streets in Philadelphia. I guess you can use a gravity blade.

    10-810. Weapons and Dangerous Devices.

    (1) Discharging Firearms.[158] No person shall fire or discharge recklessly and without reasonable cause any rifle, gun, pistol, or other firearm.

    (2) Water Pistols, Electric Canes, and Miniature Cannon.[159]
    (a) No one shall sell or offer for sale water pistols, electric canes, miniature cannon, or similar articles.[160]
    (b) No one shall use water pistols, electric canes, miniature cannon or similar articles in any street or public place.

    (3) Spring Guns, Air Guns and Bows and Arrows.[161]
    (a) No person shall sell, offer for sale at retail, or use, or possess with intent to use, any air gun, spring gun, or any implement not a firearm which forcefully impels a pellet of any kind.
    (b) No person shall sell, or offer for sale, at retail, any bow and arrow, to any person under the age of twenty-one (21) years unless the seller first obtains written evidence of parental consent to the proposed purchase by the minor.[162]

    (4) Switchblade Knives.[163] No person shall sell, offer for sale or carry any knife with a blade which is released by a spring mechanism including knives known as “switchblades.”

    (5) Incendiary Paper. No person shall manufacture, sell, offer for sale, carry or store any incendiary paper that has been chemically treated to vanish at the touch of a flame, including paper known as “flash paper.”[164]

    (6) Penalties. Whoever violates any provision of this Section or Section 10-821 shall, in addition to other penalties provided, forfeit the weapon, contraband, or dangerous device giving rise to the violation of such section.[165]

    (7) Confiscation. Police officers shall seize and deliver into departmental custody any air gun, air pistol, spring gun, switch blade knife, incendiary paper, contraband weapons, accessories and/or ammunition or other implement which shall be used, discharged, possessed, offered for sale or carried in violation of Section 10-810 or Section 10-821.[166]

  5. Space-TimeCurvature says:

    Danielle M. Outlaw came from Portland during 2020, sure she will be helpful in Philadelphia. As for why she joined police, Had a brother killed by police as her inspiration, it might be admirable, or it may be compromising of the position she has, time will tell.

  6. ryanjogden says:

    There is only one safety tip.
    1. keep your safety off.