When it comes to thefts of cars and car parts, Sweden is one of the worst affected countries in the world.
Catalyst thefts have increased by as much as 10,000 percent in Sweden over the past two years, figures from the insurance company If show. During the same period, car and car thefts have increased by eleven percent in the country.
In real terms, 8,938 car thefts and 26,441 car thefts (including catalytic converters) were reported last year. This makes Sweden the worst affected country in the Nordic region.
“Sweden has, together with the United Kingdom, sailed up as one of the worst affected countries in the world”states If in its report Bilbrottsbarometern 2022.
At the same time, the picture is completely different in our neighboring countries, which have not been hit as hard at all:
• Finland is second after Sweden when If looks at the figures from 2020. At that time, around 6,500 car attacks were reported in the country, which according to the report is used as a transit country by many Baltic theft gangs.
• In Denmark was reported around 5,500 image thefts in 2021, making it the second most affected Nordic country. Many of these are suspected to be so-called leasing frauds where the criminals rent cars, drive them abroad and change their chassis number (VIN). They are then driven back to Denmark with their new identities and sold like other cars. They are then often stolen again so that the process is repeated, which means that some reports may apply to the same car.
• The least affected is Norway with around 1,800 and 4,500 reported car thefts and car thefts during 2021. Catalyst thefts are also said to have increased here, but not in the vicinity as much as in Sweden. The reason for the low numbers is not least that the leagues must make at least two risky border crossings to get to the country – but also the Norwegian “mafia clause” which was introduced in 2003. Crimes that can be linked to organized crime are punished twice in Sweden, which is judged to have a deterrent.
Source: Senaste nytt från auto motor & sport by www.mestmotor.se.
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