In Belgium, an average of 16,500 cars are stolen annually, which equates to 45 cars per day. This places our country in ninth place in the European weighted ranking.
Online insurance company Confused.com requested figures from Eurostat on car thefts between 2011 and 2019 and went into business. With 145 cases of theft per year per 100,000 inhabitants, Belgium scores rather poorly. Even the Netherlands underperforms with 201, but in Germany only 71 car thefts occur per 100,000 residents. Italy ranks first in the European ranking, with a rate of 276 thefts per 100,000 people per year. This is at least 80% more than the UK and 5% more than France, two countries with the same population.
With an average of 274 thefts per 100,000 inhabitants, the Czech Republic came in second, followed by Sweden (266) in third place. Compared to its Scandinavian neighbors, Sweden experiences 91% more thefts annually than Finland (139) and 138% more than Norway (112). With only five car thefts per 100,000 people per year, Danish drivers are at the lowest risk of car theft among all Europeans.
How do you prevent your car from being stolen? Insurance expert Alex Kindred at Confused.com offers some advice. “Have the VIN engraved on each window. Then thieves have to pay to replace the glass. Leave your car in gear when you park it, its wheels facing the curb. This makes it harder for thieves to tow your car.”
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