Car arsons more common than thought

Pieces of a burnt Mustang.

We hear a lot about arson when it comes to house fires but criminals are targeting portable property as well.

It's National Arson Awareness Week and officials are focusing on car fires.

There were two vehicle fires in Albany last week.

One of the victims says her car was unrecognizable.

You couldn't see the tires, the seats were burnt out, the radio was ripped out, the whole car, the cotton on the car, everything was burnt, said Jakila King.

Albany fire officials say unfortunately there are others who've had their cars stolen and burned also.

Those people have paid premiums. They paid for that car and now they are without a vehicle, a way to get to work, a way to transport their families, said Sam Harris, Albany Arson Investigator.

According to data from the U.S. Fire Administration, there has been close to 15,000 vehicle arsons reported over the last 10 years.

Last year in Georgia there were 37 cases and now Albany investigators say they've seen as many as 80 this year.

Anyone with information about recent cases is asked to call police.