Hundreds of car thefts reported in New Orleans since the start of the year

Caresse Jackman talks about the number of car thefts this year.

NEW ORLEANS -- In the first three months of 2017, thieves have stolen hundreds of cars in the city of New Orleans.

Some of those thefts recently happened just a few blocks away from popular Mardi Gras parade routes, however, cars are being stolen throughout the city.

"A few of my friends have been victims of car thefts," Bywater resident Peter Gustafson said.

Gustafson always locks up and double checks his car doors before heading inside his Bywater home.

"Occasionally when I'm in the neighborhood at night, I've noticed people checking doors to see if they're locked," Gustafson said.

Uptown resident Joey Powell's also noticed suspicious behavior.

"Usually they travel in two's or three's, and they'll come down simply checking door handles," said Powell. 

The New Orleans crime mapping website shows 447 car thefts since January 1. Fifty-two of those car thefts happened since Friday.

If you are nervous about getting your car stolen, buying a club for your steering wheel is a good option. Also, do not leave the title of your car inside the vehicle. Information on the title gives thieves access to information that can help them conceal it's ownership.

Also, be the eyes and ears for your neighbors when they are not around. Powell said crime can happen everywhere, so it's important to not let your guard down.

"No matter what you do, there's always someone that wants what you have," Powell said. "And there's not much you can do about that. But, you can take steps to make it not quite as easy for them to get what you've worked so hard for."

Also, never leave windows open and do not leave valuable personal property inside of your car or on display. 

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