With one month left, 2023 is already the worst year for vehicle thefts in more than 15 years

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The federal government needs to implement more robust cybersecurity and theft protection for vehicles into law to deter the rise in thefts, he said. Without it, thefts will likely continue to rise, he said.

“Because hackers aren’t going to stop getting more advanced,” he said.

By Rodrigo Torrejon
December 7, 2023

On the afternoon of Oct. 2, Laura Payne walked from her South Philadelphia home to the nearby block where she parked her 2020 Honda CR-V, only to find that it was gone.

When Payne, 38, checked her phone app for the Apple AirTag GPS device she had left in the glove compartment in case of a courtesy tow, she saw that her SUV wasn’t just a few blocks away — It was in Connecticut.

Payne is one of tens of thousands of Philadelphians whose vehicles have been stolen in the city this year, the worst for vehicle thefts since at least 2006.

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