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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUAs winter draws near and days become shorter, the average number of thefts from cars increases dramatically. Car owners in Riga suffer the most, because the capital has the largest concentration of cars in the country. This kind of trend is also noted worldwide, as reported by Latvian State Police.

Experts of ERGO insurance company have calculated that damage caused by thefts of valuables from cars reaches LVL 250 on average. Sometimes the damage is more serious, because thieves are mostly inexperienced and sloppy. They often break windows to steal items, as reported by State Police.

Thieves often go for portable computers, mobile phones, bags, tools and wallets. Tablet PCs were added to this list this year, as reported by ERGO.

Often car owners make mistakes that encourage thieves to act – leave windows open, leave their cars parked in places that are poorly illuminated and hard to watch, leave their valuable items completely visible. Even as much as an open bag left inside a car can catch the attention of thieves.

“The list of the most commonly stolen items remains the same over the years. Sometimes thefts are carried out in mere seconds. Adding to that, most successful thefts are performed under the comer of dark. The most serious losses caused by such thefts are often not so much as the value of stolen items, but the damage that is caused to vehicles as a result of such thefts. A broken wind-shield or any other window can cause considerable damage, especially during winter. It also usually restricts owners from using their cars for as long as a whole week,” – says ERGO risk management department manager Ritvars Heniņš. In order to reduce the risk of thefts, safety experts advise residents not to leave their valuables in cars in plain view. It is best to take valuables with them or secure them in the baggage section.

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