Auto Thefts Once Again on the Rise in Vegas
In 2006 and 2007, the worst city in the country for automobile thefts was Las Vegas. The number of automobile thefts in Las Vegas had steadily decreased since that time, resulting in Vegas being listed number 27 last year. Things seem to be changing again, as the number of automobile thefts here are on the rise again according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau.In 2013, there were around 7,900 vehicles stolen in the entire state of Nevada. Early in 2014, police reported there had been a 15.4 percent increase over the same period the year before. Adding to this increase could be the fact that more mopeds are also being stolen. Since they have a VIN, they are therefore factored into the statistics.
People in Las Vegas are especially vulnerable, since there are more than 60 parking garages located very close to one another. Many visitors to Vegas are also focused on a good time and may therefore let their guard down. A good number of cars are stolen after being left unattended and running or with the keys in the ignition.
Auto theft is defined in Chapter 205.0832 of the Nevada Revised Statute under “Actions which Constitute Theft.” The value of the property taken is largely what determines the punishment, which can be either a misdemeanor or felony. Individuals guilty of stealing vehicles worth more than $3,500 can be charged with a Class C felony, which is punishable by at least one year in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
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