The number of car thefts has fallen sharply in the past six months. This is evident from figures from the National Vehicle Crime Information and Intelligence Center (LIV). Almost a quarter fewer passenger cars have been stolen than a year ago. The number of thefts also decreased then, but a lot less strongly than this year.
In the first half of 2020, 3,272 passenger cars were stolen, about 10 percent less than in 2019. In the past six months, there were 2,578, more than 21 percent less. At that time, the number of thefts was still rising for trailers, motorcycles and commercial vehicles. There has also been a significant drop this year.
About 50 percent fewer company cars were stolen in the past six months. Thefts of trailers, motorcycles and mopeds also decreased, by about a quarter. ,,Things are going very well now and we have never experienced such sharp declines before,’ says LIV manager Rudi Wellin.
The decline can be seen in almost all regions. Only in Zeeland – West Brabant did the number of thefts remain the same at 738. In the eastern Netherlands, in absolute numbers, most cars are stolen (1185), closely followed by Rotterdam and Amsterdam. Relatively speaking, Amsterdam also has the most thefts of all cities.
In Waalre in Brabant and Maasgouw in Limburg, most vehicle thefts were recorded per 100,000 inhabitants. In Waalre, a lot of scooters were stolen, in Maasgouw a lot of cars.
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Nissan and Mazda stolen more often
Despite the general trend, there are also passenger cars that were stolen more often: at Nissan and Mazda, thefts increased by 227 and 143 percent respectively. This mainly concerned the Nissan Qashqai, of which 56 were stolen and the Mazda CX-5 with 68 stolen copies. Overall, SUVs (Sports Utility Vehicles) seem to be becoming more popular with the thieves’ guild. In absolute numbers, Volkswagens were the most frequently stolen, but there was a significant decrease: 34 percent.
Still, we can’t sit back, Wellin says. “It is plausible that Covid has an influence on car thefts, but on the other hand, the increase in theft at Mazda and Nissan proves that not all car thieves are deterred by it. In short, let’s not count ourselves rich and stay alert to the prevention and recovery of stolen vehicles. An approved alarm system is and remains the first recommendation.”
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