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Sound the alarm: Police report steep drop in car theft

Sound the alarm: Police report steep drop in car theft

By Cory Marshall. CREATED Sep 17, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A disturbing trend may be taking a back seat.  Across Tucson, police are seeing a steep drop in car thefts.

In 2006, Tucson police say there were some 7500 stolen vehicles reported. This year, officers estimate 2500 car thefts -- a more than 60 percent drop in the last seven years.

Representatives with the Arizona Automobile Theft Authority report the same trend, citing 2012, as the "ninth consecutive year for a statewide decrease."

"The best thing is we can spend more time on our cases," Tucson Police Det. Steven Simmers said.

"It use to be the only cases we could work were when someone was caught in the vehicle and arrested behind the wheel," he continued.

Local law enforcement link the decline to new vehicle technology, state agencies geared toward automobile theft prevention, and specialized police training.