Motor vehicle and parts thefts trend higher in 2023 in Mount Vernon Police District


Several crimes against persons and property trended higher in the Mount Vernon Police District during the first quarter (Q1) of 2023 versus the same period in 2022.

According to data from Fairfax County Police Department’s (FCPD) Crime Analysis Unit, the number of assault offenses, larceny/theft offenses — including larceny of motor vehicle parts — and motor vehicle thefts were higher from January to March 2023 than they were from January to March 2022.

Credit: Fairfax County Police Department

In a video message posted to the Nextdoor website late last month, Mount Vernon District Station’s Community Outreach Officer Katie Watts reported a significant increase in the theft of motor vehicle parts, especially tires and airbags — largely from Hondas, Acuras and Toyotas. To deter thieves from stealing vehicles and parts, FCPD has been holding occasional distributions of free steering wheel locks and advising community members to keep their vehicles locked with no valuables inside.

The number of arrests in Mount Vernon Police District for driving under the influence was also notably higher in the first quarter of this year (52 arrests) over last year (29 arrests).

Only the number of homicide offenses fell— from one victim in Q1 2022 to zero in Q1 2023.

The next meeting of the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for Mount Vernon District Station is April 13 at 7 p.m. The agenda includes a review of recent crime trends and incidents, a tour of the station, CAC updates, group discussion and Q&A. The meeting will take place in the community room at 2511 Parkers Lane in Alexandria.

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