A new fact sheet from the Alaska Justice Information Center (AJiC) says that the rate of motor vehicle thefts in Alaska is now the highest it’s been since 1985.

The fact sheet uses data from the Alaska Department of Public Safety’s annual report called Crime in Alaska, which has been published since 1985.

AJiC’s fact sheet says the rate of motor vehicle theft in Alaska tripled between 2011 and 2017, in contrast with the rest of the country.

In 2017, Alaska motor vehicle theft was 142.9 percent higher than in the rest of the U.S.

Car theft noticeably became a big problem in Alaska’s largest city over the past several years. The numbers, however, are seeming to start trending downward.

After a record high 3,122 vehicle thefts in 2017, the Anchorage Police Department says there was a 6 percent decrease in 2018, with 2,945 stolen vehicles.

Of all vehicle thefts in Alaska in 2017, about 73 percent happened in Anchorage. 

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