WATCH OUT: Car Theft In Spain During The Holiday Season

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A REPORT says that the holiday seasons, such as Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, are one of the main moments of the year for car theft in Spain.

During the holidays, whether summer or, as is the case, Christmas, car thefts multiply. The main reason for this is the absence of car owners in their habitual residency as they go to visit family often using alternative transport such as plane or train to travel, leaving the family car unattended.

In 2018, 134,500 cars were stolen in Spain, 5,000 less than in 2017. Most of these thefts were perpetrated by organised gangs. The most affected models were the Seat Ibiza, the Seat León and the Volkswagen Golf. The reason for this is that these models were the most widespread in Spain at the time. This year, according to data from the Insurance Business Association, Citroen Saxo, the Citroen C5 and the Peugeot 406 as the models most likely to be stolen due to their current popularity.

Figures provided by Unespa (Unión Española de Entidades Aseguradoras y Reaseguradoras,) The Spanish Union of Insurance and Reinsurance Companies, reflect a decrease of 33% since 2012. Theft, therefore, is a downward reality, although this decrease tends to be less and less.

Home burglaries during the holiday season are also frequent.

 

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Cristina Hodgson

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