Broken car window (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/Túrelio) - Credit: Broken car window (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/Túrelio)
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 - 12:12
Car thefts fall to record low in 2014, scooter thefts rise slightly
The number of car thefts was at an all time low in 2014. In the year 2000, 25 187 cars were reported stolen, last year there were only 10 712. That is a decrease of 57 percent. There was a decrease in theft of almost all vehicle types, with scooters being the only exception (1 percent increase) This is according to annual figures published by the Foundation for Tackling Vehicle Crime (Stichting Aanpak Voertuigcriminaliteit - AVc) today. "The many years of cooperation between parties in tackling vehicle seems to still bear fruit", said Titus Visser, director of Avc. "We see from the figures that many car manufacturers secure their latest models better against theft." Last year 10,712 cars were reported stolen, compared to 11,761 in 2013 - a decrease of 9 percent. The number of light commercial vehicles that was stolen, decreased from 2,501 to 2,224 (11 percent) and heavy trucks decreased from 188 to 159 (15 percent). Theft on motorcycles decreased by from 1,963 in 2013 to 1,753 last year (11 percent). Theft of scooters on the other hand increased slightly by 1 percent (from 14,487 in 2013 to 14,693 in 2014).