In the wake of the tragic death of two Cincinnati men who were allegedly abducted by two armed men, a new report suggests car rental companies are the primary culprits in keeping drivers out of their neighborhoods.
“Cincinnati has some of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the country, and that is why we need to be very careful when we rent cars,” said Jim Glynn, owner of Cars & Rentals in Cincinnati, a rental car rental company that has been operating in the city since 1999.
“We need to make sure we’re not going to put people at risk.
We have a very good track record of keeping our drivers out.
We know that.”
The report, released Wednesday by the National Safety Council, said the average number of reported car thefts and car burglaries in Cincinnati was 8.7 per year from 2002 to 2014.
The average number for all of Cincinnati was 3.2 per year, with more than one in every five incidents being committed by renters.
The council, a group of more than 1,000 law enforcement officials, has been studying car rental theft in the area and has been looking into ways to curb the problem.
The report found that rental car companies are known to increase the rates they charge to drivers for parking in the car, but it also found that the rates for car rentals are often more than double what the average rental car lease cost, as a result of higher occupancy rates.
“The average rent in the most common rental cars for those cars was $9,000, which is the average price paid for a car rental in the entire city of Cincinnati, and more than $20,000 in the neighboring suburbs of Cincinnati and Louisville,” the report states.
“The average car rental price in the largest cities in the Cincinnati metropolitan area is approximately $20-30,000 per rental.
This includes the average rent paid in the larger cities and is the amount that would be paid for parking the car in the neighborhood.”
The council also said that many of the car rental businesses are known for being extremely secretive, which means drivers who have an issue with renting a car and want to get away quickly may turn to the company that offers car rental services.
“A number of our neighbors are not aware of the fact that there are car rental centers in the cities that they call home,” said Bob O’Donnell, a retired Cincinnati police officer and the president of the National Police Officers Association, in an interview with the Cincinnati Enquirer.
“They don’t know about the fact they’re paying a lot more than what a typical car rental center would normally be charging.”
The National Safety Commission is urging cities nationwide to take a “comprehensive” approach to solving the problem of car theft, and has called for states to increase penalties for renters who commit car burglacies.
The report recommends the city and county governments investigate the issue of car rental crimes and take steps to deter rental car theft.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the federal agency that investigates car theft and other safety issues, said that the Cincinnati study is one of the largest of its kind and it is not yet known whether it will recommend any changes to the city’s parking enforcement.
“We are encouraged by the fact we have a lot of data, and we will continue to monitor it and continue to look for additional data,” said NTSB director Robert Witt, in a statement.
“It is important to recognize that we have not yet found a causal link between car theft rates and rental car rates, so there may be other factors that are at play.”