Stolen-Car Epidemic  Hits Port

Stolen-Car Epidemic Hits Port

Photo Courtesy of CBP

In Fiscal Year 2020, Customs and Border Protection agents have intercepted and seized 66 stolen vehicles worth approximately $3.6 million at the Port of New York/Newark alone.

By Michael V. Cusenza

Many vehicles are swiped off city streets in order to be illegally exported from the United States through various marine terminals located in/around the Port of New York/Newark by Transnational Criminal Organizations with final destinations to African nations such as Benin, Gambia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials.

In Fiscal Year 2020, at the Port of New York/Newark alone, 66 stolen vehicles worth approximately $3.6 million have been intercepted and seized—a 36.4-percent increase over prior year-to-date numbers; 236 stolen vehicles worth approximately $9 million were intercepted and seized in New York/Newark during FY 2019. Stolen vehicles from FY2019 ranged in production years 2007-2019 with 42 of the stolen vehicles being high-value (over $70,000) sport utility vehicles. The most expensive vehicle seized in FY 2019 was a Rolls Royce Wraith, valued at $367,000.

The statistical data highlights the size and scope of the area’s stolen-auto epidemic, CBP officials posited.

According to the latest available City Police Department stats, 18 cars have been reported stolen in the 106th Precinct, year to date; compared to three reported stolen during the same time period last year—a 500-percent jump. And in the 102nd Precinct, 14 vehicles have been reported stolen so far this year; six grand larceny auto reports were taken in the 102 during the same time period in 2019—a 133-percent increase.

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