Confused.com reveals that Italy has the highest car theft rate in Europe, with an annual average of 276 thefts per 100,000 inhabitants. Compared to countries with a similar population, this represents 80% more than in the United Kingdom (153 flights per 100,000 inhabitants) and 5% more than in France (261 flights per 100,000 inhabitants).
With an average of 274 thefts per 100,000 inhabitants, the Czech Republic has proven to be the second worst country in Europe in this area. Sweden is on the last step of the podium, with 266 flights per 100,000 inhabitants on average each year. Worrying fact: compared to its Scandinavian neighbours, Sweden registers 91% more thefts per 100,000 inhabitants each year than Finland (139 per 100,000) and 138% more than Norway, which averages 112 flights per year. .
France, champion of daily flights
France therefore comes in fourth position with 261 flights per 100,000 inhabitants each year. Compared to its neighbors in Europe, this represents 267% more flights than Germany (71 per 100,000 inhabitants) and 205% more than Switzerland, which ranks 14th with 85 flights per 100,000 inhabitants each year. Let’s add that in terms of flights per day, France is in the lead with an average of 474 events per day, ie 20 per hour and 1 every 3 minutes!
The safest countries
With only 5/100,000 people each year, Danish car owners are the least likely to be victims of car theft among all Europeans. Romania has the second lowest number of car thefts each year on average, with only 14 per 100,000 inhabitants. Next come Liechtenstein and Croatia, which both record an average of 22 thefts per 100,000 inhabitants each year.
How to better protect yourself?
“Car thefts happen every day all over Europe. It is therefore important that we ensure that our cars are properly secured. advises Alex Kindred, car insurance expert at Confused.com. “By protecting our cars with effective security measures, such as steering wheel locks and alarms, we can reduce the risk, but one of the most effective measures is to have the vehicle identification number (VIN) engraved. ) on each of the panes, as this means that thieves will have to have them replaced. Also, when parking your car, leave a gear engaged and turn the wheels towards the sidewalk. This will make towing your vehicle more difficult. »
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