Car thefts continue to be an issue in Davidson County and they’re happening in some areas more than others.
As a landscaper, Knox Harris sees a lot working across the county.
“Car theft, I mean I see them all over the city,” said Harris. “Probably 10, 15 overall. A couple people I know have been carjacked.”
A South Nashville corridor he travels often, Murfreesboro Pike, is a target of five car thefts from January to mid-April of this year, alone.
Harris said thankfully he’s not one of them.
“I just feel blessed and I stay aware of my surroundings,” said Harris.
Turns out, South Nashville takes the top spot when it comes to stolen cars in the county.
According to records by the Metro Nashville Police Department obtained by News 2, so far this year, there were 962 reported car thefts in Davidson County, more than a fifth in South Nashville alone.
The top corridor for car thefts — Gallatin Pike in Madison.
Metro Police numbers show 25 car thefts, five on the same day at the same location.
Here’s how the other precincts rank:
Hermitage came in number two with 168 car thefts, followed by North Nashville at 141 and midtown at 105.
Close behind was Madison with 103, East Nashville at 101, West Nashville with 95, and taking the last spot, Central at 45.
Records showed the times of the crimes were at all hours of the day and night.
The frequency — several blocks home to multiple stolen cars.
South Nashville’s Paragon Mills saw five blocks with at least two car thefts each, all within a half mile radius.
In North Nashville, there were seven thefts within less than a quarter of a mile radius, just north of Clarksville Pike in Buena Vista Heights.
The targets were shopping centers, car dealerships, unpopulated roads, and neighborhoods.
Jeff Halford and his dog Kujo live in this apartment complex in Hermitage where, in a span of two weeks, two cars were stolen just yards apart.
“That is kind of surprising for the area seems like a nice area,” said Halford.
Halford said it’s the new reality.
“It’s sad that people have to remember to lock and watch all their stuff even more than necessary,” he said.
The new normal every time he leaves his car.
“It’s just sad that some people have to resort to crime to get what they need out of life,” said Halford.
Many of the stolen cars were crimes of opportunity.
A majority of the cases still had the keys in the car, several still in the ignition.
Police encourage drivers to make sure you take your keys and don’t forget to lock your car.