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DC announces plans to hand out free car tracking tags in response to increased thefts

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and the city’s metropolitan police announced the launch of a program that will provide drivers free digital tracking tags for their vehicles in the event they are stolen. 

Drivers in selected police service areas (PSAs) of the District, where police have seen the greatest spike in vehicle theft, will get a free tracking tag to install in their vehicles. The tracker is designed to help the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) in combating crime, allowing them to locate and recover stolen vehicles and then hold the perpetrators responsible. 

As of Nov. 1, 2023, overall crime in D.C. saw a 27% increase between 2022 and 2033. Motor vehicle theft, specifically, saw a 101% increase in the same time period, according to MPD data. There was also a 70% increase in robberies, a 31% increase in homicides and a 21% increase in theft. 

The tracking tag initiative is part a “multifaceted approach” by the city to combine legislation, community engagement, and technology to enhance public safety and hold criminals accountable, according to a press release.

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Kendall Tietz is a Production Assistant with Fox News Digital. 

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