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Thieves start targeting Volvo wheel drive control units

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOver the past year, thieves who mainly target Volvo-brand cars have come up with new ways of robbing their victims. According to insurance claims received from If Insurance clients, thieves now steal not only headlamps and side mirrors, but also wheel drive control units.

A tendency has been noted that the main targets for thieves include Volvo XC60 and XC90.

Over the course of the past several weeks, If Insurance has already received four insurance claims regarding stolen Volvo wheel drive control units. All thefts took place in Riga. Wheel drive control units were stolen from two Volvo XC60 and two Volvo XC90 cars at night. The estimated damage for owners ranges between EUR 1,000-EUR 2,700.

«We believe the reason why thieves focus on Volvo-brand cars because Volvo is a popular car in Latvia. There is also great demand for spare parts on the second-hand market. We recommend owners to leave their cars at secure parking lots whenever possible. It is also recommended to consult with service centres about using non-standard restraining bolts for wheel control units,» – says head of insurance claims office of If Insurance Liga Berzina.

Last year, there was a boom in the number of thefts of mirrors and headlamps from Volvo cars in Latvia. Relatively new models had been robbed in spring and autumn of 2015. The range of damage caused by thefts ranged from EUR 1,700 to EUR 3,200.

«We ask owners to keep in mind that one of the most effective methods to combat car part thefts it to mark them and use blocking equipment. Police periodically reports catching one or two thieves for stealing headlights. Marking car parts makes it possible for owners to recover them,» – reminds Liga Berzina.

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