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Insurer: the more comfortable the car, the easier it is to steal

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOver the course of the past two months, there has been an increase in the number of car thefts in Riga and Pieriga. In addition, while in previous years thieves mostly targeted expensive cars, thieves now also target middle-class cars.

What is particularly interesting, thieves are no longer turned off by cars left outside of private houses, especially if the car is equipped with Keyless Go system, according to information from If Insurance.

If Insurance experts noticed a tendency this year in relation to car thefts – is seems thieves manage to steal cars parked outside of private and apartment houses not only at night, but also during the day, when owners at their home. «The more comfortable the car, the easier it is to steal it – all car owners have to take that into account. Thieves have an especially easy time with cars equipped with Keyless Go system. This is why owners should consider installing some kind of additional anti-theft system (Skybrake, Blac Bug, Basta or any other). It will not only slow the thieves down, but also help owners find their car even if it is stolen (Sherlog, Trackguard, GPS or others). Car owners who use Keyless Go system should consider using cases for car keys with a lining of a special material, which completely blocks the signal,» – recommends If Insurance representative Liga Berzina.

Car thefts became especially intensive in March and April, when insurers received multiple insurance claims every week. «Unfortunately, car thefts with often surges and drops have become a normal thing in the past two years. Thieves traditionally target popular models like BMW X2, Toyota Land Cruiser, Audi Q5 and Audi A4, as well as Ford Mondeo and Volkswagen Passat,» – says Liga Berzina.

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