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Auto thefts on the rise in the Netherlands

The number of car thefts in 2010 increased again for the first time since ten years. According to figures released by the Dutch Organization of Vehicle Crime Prevention (AVc) on Friday.

In 2010 thieves stole 11,733 cars, 706 more than in 2009. That’s an increase of 6.4 percent.

The organization saw an increase in the number of brand new cars that got stolen, despite the modern security. In the category of up to three years old, disappeared last year, four hundred cars over the previous year.

The most popular brands for new cars were Audi’s A6 and A3, the Volkswagen Touran, BMW and Mercedes C-Class 5. The chance that these are stolen is two times higher than the national average of 0.14 percent.

Ford Escort scored the highest in older car models, followed by Mercedes E-Class, Seat Leon and Volkswagen Golf where the theft risk is about four times as large as the national average.

The organization AVc saw the number of stolen trucks and motorcycles fall by 8 percent to respectively 239 and 12 percent for 1867. Furthermore, 13 percent more motorcycles were stolen, together 14,984.

According to the organization, the number of stolen new cars is increasing since early 2008.

Criminal gangs are increasingly becoming more innovative to crack the electronic security.