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Car thieves burn expensive car in Pieriga to cover their tracks

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUAn expensive BMW X5 was recently hijacked from one of the private houses in Pieriga. Its owner, however, had installed additional anti-hijacking measures, which, most likely, prevented the thieves from carrying out the crime in full. In order to cover their tracks, the thieves abandoned the car in concealed location and burned it down.

BMW X5 was hijacked from one of the private houses in Marupe. The owner noticed the loss in the morning and immediately informed the police. Two days later, a completely burned down car was found by an officer of the State Fire and Rescue Service in Kekava.

«Knowing that BMW X5 is the most often hijacked model in the segment of new cars, the owner fitted his car with additional anti-hijacking measures. After remains of the car were found completely burned down, experts and insurance company representatives came to the conclusion that these additional measures prevented thieves from crossing the border and pulling the car apart for spare parts. The thieves had most likely hid the car hoping to wait and see if anyone would search for it. After putting out the fire, experts noticed that the car was missing all four of its tires. Furthermore, experts believe thieves had taken off with other valuable spare parts before setting the car ablaze. The calculated insurance compensation for the car is more than EUR 65,000,» – as reported by head of If Insurance Transport Compensation Office Pavel Valainis.

Car security. What you should and should not do:

-buy professional car alarm system. In addition, it is a good idea to use immobilizers and additional anti-hijacking measures.

-insure your car so that you can at least receive a compensation if your vehicle is ever hijacked.

-if there is only one on/off switch on your alarm dashboard, we recommend you replace this system with something more complex.

Experts’ advice:

-don’t leave your car in places where there are no people, parking lots that do not have security and outside of apartment buildings. Attempts to steal your car will most likely be prevented if you park your car in a secure parking lot or private territory that has a secure fence.

-if the alarm system does not turn on when you park your car, do not leave your car in that place. It is possible hijackers are using special equipment to hack into your car’s security system, preventing it from turning on.

According to information published by Latvian State Police, Audi, Volkswagen, Toyota and BMW are some of the most often hijacked cars in Latvia.


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