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The California Highway Patrol says it has more than 3,000 officers on the lookout for carjackers and burglars in the state’s rugged interior.
On Monday, the department posted about 40 incidents involving vehicle-jackers.
In most cases, the perpetrators were not armed, but had a tool with them, like a crowbar, or were carrying a weapon, such as a knife, pepper spray or a crowbars.
In one incident, a carjacker allegedly drove a stolen vehicle at a family in Long Beach and drove it through a home on the city’s west side.
In another, a man was caught with a crow bar in his pants.
“It’s an alarming trend, as is the increase in carjack, as well as other types of criminal activity,” Sgt. Steve McCall said in a news release.
“We’re on high alert, but I think we’re seeing the beginning of the end.”
The state has also seen an uptick in robberies and carjackations.
It reported 1,938 in 2016, the most recent year for which data is available.
That was up 9.3 percent from the previous year.
The state’s most populous city, Los Angeles, saw nearly 400 carjackage and carjacking incidents last year, more than double the previous record set in 2014, when the city had fewer than 30.
In that year, Los Angelenos reported nearly 6,700 carjackages and more than 12,000 carjackassings.
The department’s latest statistics are from a new database created last month that shows carjacker incidents that were not related to any crime.