Chicago’s West Side Center Of Carjackings With Northside Numbers Rising

by The Chicago Times Staff

October 8, 2021

CHICAGO — Carjackings in Cook County are on track to be the highest in more than two decades.

Carjackings are most common on the West Side, followed by the South Side — and there has been a recent increase on the North Side.

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office is keeping track of the statistics, and some of the findings, such as when the carjackings occurred and who the victims were, surprised the sheriff.

Tuesday is the busiest day of the week for criminals.  Men are frequently twice as likely as women to be victims, but suburban women are equally vulnerable in the late morning and early afternoon hours.

The Toyota Camry is the most popular vehicle, followed by the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Nissan Altima.

Sheriff Tom Dart says the data is assisting them in tracking down carjackers.  To avoid dangerous chases to make arrests, the Carjacking Task Force has been using a helicopter to track carjackers on the ground.