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Number of car part thefts increased by one-third in Latvia

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn the first two months of 2016, as compared with the same period of 2015, the number of car part thefts in Latvia increased by 30%. Similar to the previous year, BMW car parts are stolen the most often. The number of stolen Volvo car parts has increased more than four times.

Insurance claims worth EUR 703,000 were paid for stolen cars and car parts last year, according to information from BTA Baltic Insurance Company.

According to BTA’s received KASKO insurance claims for car part thefts, BMW car parts were stolen the most often in 2015 – 23% of all cases. Volvo stands second (20% of all cases). In addition, the number of cases involving stolen Volvo car parts has increased more than four times in comparison with 2014.

«Looking at statistical data regarding car part thefts reveals a tendency of expensive cars being robbed most often. This has also affected the size of paid insurance claims, which had been 10% larger last year in comparison with 2014. In total, BTA paid EUR 703,000 in insurance claims for stolen parts last year. Data for January and February are troubling as well. Compared with the first two months of 2015, we have received 30% more insurance claims for car part thefts. If this tendency remains, the total increase of the number of stolen car part cases may exceed 30% this year,» – admits the company’s Insurance Claim Department Director Iveta Rijniece.

Most often thieves take with them headlamps and mirrors. The most often victims are Volvo XC90, BMW X5 and Volkswagen Touareg. According to data from BTA, thieves often steal headlamps, mirrors and rear axle control unit from Volvo.

«Thieves hunt for headlamps and mirrors, as well as tires, disks, VCR, DVR, control blocks and even steering wheels. It should be said that sometimes thieves cause serious damage to other parts of the car while trying to steal the items they desire, which only increases losses for the owner,» – notes Rijniece.

Last year, the largest insurance claim paid by BTA in relation to stolen car parts was EUR 6,783. The money was paid for headlamps stolen from a Lexus GS 300 and damage caused by the theft.

The second largest insurance claim of last year was EUR 6,171. BTA had paid this amount to an owner of a Porsche Cayenne Diesel. Someone had stolen headlamps and damaged the car in the process.

The third largest car theft related insurance claim – EUR 4,303 – was paid by BTA to another owner of a Porsche Cayenne Diesel.

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