CrimeTracker Investigation: New Orleans carjacking statistics

CrimeTracker Investigation: New Orleans carjacking statistics

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - In a special CrimeTracker Investigation, FOX 8 obtained the incident report numbers, locations and time of day for every carjacking from January of 2014 through Dec. 1 of this year. In the 23-month period, there have been 203 incidents.

"They held a gun to my head and said, 'I'll blow your head off,'" one victim said, describing the horror of an attack on a quiet Uptown street. "I'm a relatively petite person, and I have a big purse. I didn't see them coming."

The woman's car was stolen and eventually recovered. She said the memory of the crimes will likely stay with her forever. And she isn't alone.

"I don't know why they liked my cars," said an 89-year-old man who was carjacked twice in a five-week period. "He told me get out. He came around and got into the driver's seat. I got out of the car, and he left."

On average, carjackers are striking about nine times each month. In November of this year, however, police investigated 22 carjackings. Compare that to just three carjackings in all of February.

The crimes are affecting every police district in New Orleans, including some places you may not expect.

"We do consider this a safe haven and a safe public place, but it's still surprising," Joshua Alarcon said, talking about a recent carjacking in City Park.

It was just before 8:30 p.m. when police say a pair of criminals drove up alongside a victim on Lelong Drive in front of the New Orleans Museum of Art.

"Especially with the parks, you would hope that people feel you can come and spread a blanket and not worry about their purse being taken or someone going in their car," Lina Ester said.

Statistics show most carjackings happen between 9 and 10 p.m. and the fewest between 7 a.m. and noon.

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