Carjackings in Newark on the rise; 345 reported this year

The number of carjackings in Newark continued to climb in 2013. As of last week, there were 475 reported carjackings in Essex County.

The Essex County Prosecutor's Office says the number has been on a steady climb since 2009 when 200 cars were swiped.

The Essex County Prosecutor's Office says the number has been on a steady climb since 2009 when 200 cars were swiped. (12/30/13)

NEWARK - The number of carjackings in Newark continued to climb in 2013.

As of last week, there were 475 reported carjackings in Essex County. Carjackings in Newark accounted for 345 of them, a number twice that of New York City, which has only seen 159. Newark's close proximity to ports is thought to be one reason for the high number.

The Essex County Prosecutor's Office says the number has been on a steady climb since 2009 when 200 cars were swiped.

While a car's value was the motive in many carjackings, prosecutors say an overwhelming number were done simply for joyriding, with most cars recovered afterward.

The most commonly carjacked models are Honda, Nissan, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Ford. 

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