Car rental company FourFourtwo says it will stop renting cars to customers in Jacksonville, Fla., after customers began using their cars as security to steal other people’s cars.
The company said Tuesday it will no longer rent cars from Jacksonville residents to anyone.
The move comes as the city grapples with an influx of crime and rising crime rates.
FourFour also said it would stop renting to anyone in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
The city of Jacksonville is the site of a large prison complex.
Car rental company says it’s taking measures to make Jacksonville safer.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement told ABC News the agency has made arrests and seized several cars belonging to criminals.
The agency did not say if any arrests were made.
The Jacksonville Police Department said it’s also making arrests and seizing other vehicles.
The city of Jackson is the city where two men were arrested last week after allegedly stealing a car and fleeing on foot from a gas station.
The men, Tyler Smith and Kevin Williams, allegedly fled from a convenience store and the gas station where the vehicle was stolen on Sunday, according to police.
Police said they recovered the vehicle on Tuesday and charged them with felony theft.
Smith and Williams were booked into the Jacksonville Municipal Jail and released.
More than 30 people have been arrested since the start of October in connection with car thefts in the Jacksonville area, including several burglaries and vehicle thefts, according the Florida Department for Law Enforcement.