Dutch car theft up in 2010

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Dutch car thefts rose for the first time in more than a decade last year, according to figures from the Foundation for Tackling Vehicle Crime AVc.

Thieves got away with 11,733 cars in 2010, 706 more than the year before – an increase of 6.4 percent. Despite modern anti-theft technology, more new cars are reported to have been stolen.

Last year, 400 more cars in the category of up to three years old were stolen. The thieves are reported to be working in criminal gangs and to be becoming more successful in cracking electronic security systems.

The figures show fewer lorries and motorbikes were stolen in 2010 compared to 2009. Thieves got away with eight percent fewer trucks and 12 percent fewer motorbikes. However, the number of stolen motor scooters went up by 13 percent, bringing the total stolen to 14,984.

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