Carjackings Are Down In Chicago, But Still High Compared With A Year Ago

New numbers reveal carjackings in Chicago are down, but attacks are still unusually high compared with last year.

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- New numbers reveal carjackings in Chicago are down, but attacks are still high compared to last year. Police have to act fast to catch the suspects. Just yesterday a 13- and 14-year-old were arrested within 30 minutes of a carjacking. CBS News Marissa Parra tells us how officers made that quick arrest.

MARISSA PARRA: It was part good communication, part good luck. According to police reports, officers heard the 911 dispatch about the carjacking, then spotted the stolen vehicle when they were already in the area.

It would almost look like business as usual in West Garfield Park less than 24 hours after two teens were arrested for yet another carjacking, this time on the 4500 block of West Madison. At just 13 and 14 years old, the teens are too young to even get a driver's license, old enough to carjack a 41-year-old woman, and lead police on a foot chase through the neighborhood.

In 2021, there have been over 424 carjackings. This, according to Chicago Police data compiled from January 1 until March 29.

When we look at arrests during that same time period, police say there's been 396 arrests for vehicle-related crimes. But what exactly does that mean? 104 of those arrests were for vehicular hijackings, 117 were for possession of a stolen vehicle, and 175 arrests were for criminal trespass to a vehicle.

According to data from the Chicago Police portal, there's good news and bad news. The rate of carjackings is down from January, but the rate is still unusually high. 60 carjackings were reported during the first three weeks of March. During the same time last year, there were 27.

In West Garfield Park, Marissa Parra, CBS2 News.