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Carjackings rise in Democrat-run cities across the country

Democrat-run cities have seen a shocking spike in carjacking cases over the last year, with some cities seeing the highest number of carjackings in decades.

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Democrat-run cities have seen a shocking spike in carjacking cases over the last year, with some cities seeing the highest number of carjackings in decades.

According to an NBC report, carjackings are up "55 percent in New York, 63 percent in Minneapolis, and a staggering 85 percent in Philadelphia," though the report does not specify a timeframe.

According to police data obtained by CNN, New York City has seen the number of carjackings within the city quadruple in the last four years. The city recorded more than 500 carjackings in 2021, up from 328 in 2020, 132 in 2019, and 112 in 2018.

In Philadelphia, carjackings have nearly quadrupled between 2015 and 2021. The city recorded more than 800 last year, up from about 170 in 2015.

Last year in Chicago, the city recorded more than 1,800 carjackings, marking the most on record in 20 years. 2020 saw five times as many carjackings in the city as 2014.

Recent reports of carjackings in the news include one in New York City, in which a man stole a car in broad daylight in midtown Manhattan. That car was one of three stolen within hours of each other in the same area of the city.

In Washington, DC, a DC Council candidate was carjacked at a gas station, with a man pointing the gun at Nate Lemming's face "before I can blink an eye."

In Philadelphia, a man delivering food was confronted by a teenager who demanded his keys. The teenager was shot, leaving the teen in critical condition, according to NBC News.

The spike in carjackings within the city prompted the police department to issue a guide to residents on how to survive a carjacking. Tip include giving up their car and leaving the scene, making a mental note of the suspect for identification thereafter, and "let the carjacker know" if there's a child onboard.

Police say many times young people are responsible for the carjackings, with Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown stating:

"Our car jacking offenders are increasingly younger and younger. We're trying to encourage our young people to make better decisions."

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