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Car theft on the rise in Guadalajara

February 20, 2013

The number of cars stolen so far this year in the Guadalajara metropolitan area is up 47 percent from this time last year.

Spanish-language daily Mural notes that from January 1 to February 5 the State Attorney General’s Office (PGJEJ) received 1,120 reports of car theft in the municipalities of Guadalajara, Zapopan, Tlaquepaque and Tonala. If this average of 31 thefts per day continues until the end of February, it would mean a total of 1,835 stolen cars in the first two months of the year, 47 percent more than the 1,277 stolen during the same period of 2012.  The PGJEJ also revealed that there have been 119 cases so far this year of violent car theft in Jalisco.

The use of violence in the robbery of automobiles in the state has risen by 151 percent since 2007, according to Milenio newspaper. The number of reported cases rose from 666 in 2007 to 803 in 2008; 884 in 2009; 1,271 in 2010; 1,690 in 2011; and 1,670 in 2012.

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