ALERT: Food Delivery Workers Should Beware of Car Thefts

Food delivery worker

Are you a driver for a food delivery company like Doordash, Grubhub, or UberEats? The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has seen a rise in car thefts involving food delivery drivers because drivers are leaving their cars idling, with keys in the ignition, ripe for theft while the driver is dropping off food.

MPD informed OAG that since April 1, 2020, the District has experienced 876 motor vehicle thefts, where the vehicle was either left running, unattended with the keys in the vehicle, or both. Of these, 309 have been confirmed to involve delivery companies. However, the true number is likely much higher, as the information on whether a delivery company was involved has not consistently been captured in reports. We know that many of these vehicles have been involved in additional crimes, including violent crime. 

To protect your vehicle, turn off and lock your car when making a delivery or otherwise leaving your car.

What should I do if my car is stolen?
If your car is stolen, report it to the Metropolitan Police Department at (202) 727-9099.

If you experience any other issue involving your rights as a consumer, tenant or employee, please call OAG’s Office of Consumer Protection at (202) 442-9828, submit a complaint at or fill out an online form.

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