CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Law enforcement officials in Charlottesville say the uptick in shots fired and shooting incidents is concerning.

Charlottesville Police Chief Michael Kochis says the police department is seeing more and more juveniles settling their conflicts with firearms.

In some cases, he says the fights extend into social media and adults are getting involved.

When those kinds of situations occur, adults can be charged in connection with violent conflicts involving children.

Additionally, there has been an increase in car thefts. In some cases, stolen vehicles are then being used in other criminal activity, including shootings.

“We are seeing a direct correlation between our car thefts and our shootings,” said Kochis. “So, what is happening is someone will steal someone’s car, they’ll use it to do the shooting or commit any other crime, and then they’ll drop the car immediately. We’ve been seeing that for the last few months actually.”

In order to address car thefts, Kochis says he’ll be presenting a proposal for a license plate reader program to the Charlottesville City Council on April 1.