Which country is the champion in car theft? Croatia among the safest countries in the EU


  • Euractiv.com


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It’s Luxembourg with 328 police-recorded car thefts per 100,000 inhabitants, according to Eurostat. It is followed by Greece (269), Italy (257), Sweden (256), France (247) and Czechia (238).

The lowest figures in the EU were observed in Slovakia and Estonia (both 31), Croatia (20), Romania (15) and Denmark (4).

Eurostat pointed out, though, that in the period 2015 to 2017, a 29% reduction was recorded compared to the 2008-2010 period (yearly average 983,000).

See the charts here.

- Having the largest number of thefts in Luxembourg, for example, doesn't mean Luxembourgish people are the biggest bandits, because international gangs steal the best cars from the richest countries, which Luxemburg surely is. Besides, in terms of transnational crime, stealing a car in a small country without external borders is the most attractive for gangs. In the case of Greece the reasons can be different. The best explanation might be weak law-enforcement. - said Georgi Gotev, Euractiv.com.