Lock your cars! Vehicle theft spikes in COVID-19 pandemic

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The coronavirus hasn’t been kind to car owners.

With more people than ever staying home to lessen the spread of COVID-19, their sedans, pickup trucks and SUVs are parked unattended on the streets. That makes them easy targets for thieves.

Despite silent streets and nearly nonexistent traffic, vehicle larcenies shot up 63% in New York and nearly 17% in Los Angeles from Jan. 1 through mid-May, compared with the same period last year.

Many law enforcement agencies around the U.S. are reporting an increase in stolen cars and vehicle burglaries, even as violent crime has dropped dramatically nationwide in the coronavirus pandemic.

Deschutes County to Give Voters a Say on Pot Businesses

After years of discussion regarding marijuana regulations in Deschutes County, commissioners have decided to opt out of allowing future recreational marijuana businesses after this month.

Voters next November will be the ones to decide whether future businesses are allowed to sprout.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanon was the the meeting today and has the story.