Wednesday 19 February 2020

Car thefts go down, but fewer stolen vehicles are recovered

A carThere was a 14% drop in the number of cars stolen in the Netherlands last year, but the recovery rate also continues to decline, the national statistics office CBS said on Wednesday.

In total, 8,670 cars were stolen last year, a drop of 40% on 2010. The CBS puts the decline down to improved car security and alarms on new models.

Even though fewer cars were stolen, the number of solved car thefts is also going down. Although final figures are not yet available for 2017, the CBS says the downward trend is ‘clearly’ continuing.

In 2010, police had suspects in mind for 11% of car thefts but that had almost halved to 6.5% in 2016, the CBS said. Cars are most likely to be stolen in Limburg, Brabant and the central Randstad urban belt. has been free for 13 years, but now we are asking our readers to help. Your donation will enable us to keep providing you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch.
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