A study by the British site Confused.com showed which are the European countries where most cars are stolen. The study was conducted for the period 2011-2019.
In first place is Italy, which records 276 thefts per 100,000 inhabitants. Next in the ranking is the Czech Republic, with 274 thefts per 100,000 inhabitants. The podium is completed by Sweden, with 266 thefts per 100,000 people on average each year.
In fourth place is France, with 261 thefts per 100,000 inhabitants each year. The top five is completed by Greece, with 255 thefts per 100,000 inhabitants.
In Germany, for example, there are only 71 thefts per 100,000 inhabitants.
Romania, among the safest countries in Europe
According to hotnews.ro, Denmark is the country with the lowest risk of having the car stolen. The Nordic country records only five thefts per 100,000 inhabitants.
Romania had the second lowest number of car thefts per year – 14 thefts per 100,000 inhabitants. Then comes Liechtenstein and Croatia, with 22 thefts per 100,000 inhabitants.
In terms of car thefts per day, France ranks first with 474 thefts per day, an average of 20 thefts per hour and three per minute. On two is Italy with 455 thefts per day, Great Britain on three (272) and Germany on four (159).
How can you protect your car from being stolen
A car insurance expert, Alex Kindred, advises drivers to protect their cars with steering wheel locks and alarms.
He also recommends that the vehicle’s registration number be engraved on each of the windows, as thieves will have to pay a sum of money to replace the windscreen.