2023 Author: Eric Donovan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-21 15:44
Damage in the millions, and anger in the immeasurable range are the unpleasant side effects of car theft. The good news: in 2007 fewer stolen goods were stolen than in the previous year.
In the past year, significantly fewer cars were stolen in Germany than in 2006. As the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) announced in Wiesbaden on Friday, 39,438 thefts of motor vehicles were reported. That is almost seven percent less than the year before. The long-term trend has thus continued. Every second car was found with the help of the police. The number of vehicles that were no longer located fell from 18,346 to 15,771.
Falling demand for stolen goods
Last year 1712 vehicles disappeared through embezzlement (2006: 2136). With this method, the perpetrators rent or lease cars and do not bring them back. This procedure has become more and more popular with criminals in recent years, reported the BKA. According to the BKA, the improved theft protection and increased security measures taken by rental companies are the cause of the decline in car thefts. In addition, the demand in the European "sales market", for which a large part of the stolen cars is intended, is falling.
Sought-after navigation devices
For BKA President Jörg Ziercke, the positive development is no reason to give the all-clear: "The actions of the groups of perpetrators in the area of international vehicle relocation are characterized by a high level of professionalism and can be attributed in parts to organized crime." Car thefts still cause damage in the three-digit million range every year. The police are concerned about the growing number of thefts of individual vehicle parts. Last year 54,232 navigation devices were stolen from parked cars, more than five times as many as in 2004. (dpa)