Chicago, Illinois has seen a spike in carjackings in 2021, even though carjackings in 2020 increased more than 135% compared to 2019. To combat the spike, an Illinois lawmaker has proposed banning “Grand Theft Auto,” a video game that hasn’t had a new entry in almost a decade.
By the end of January, new records were being set in the city when it came to carjackings, the Chicago Tribune reported.
“Through Jan. 10, the latest city data, Chicago police recorded 61 carjackings. That is compared with a total of 22 in the same time period in 2020. Carjackings in 2020 rose about 135%, to 1,415 in 2020 from 603 in 2019,” the outlet reported.
“The gangs are using these vehicles because they feel they can’t be traced,” South Chicago District Capt. Michael Murphy told the Tribune. “They can do their crimes, whether it be shootings or whatever it is, and then dump the car.”
In total, Chicago saw 218