It does not matter if it is a cheap city car or luxury limousine for millions of zlotys, or… excavator – criminals have ways of stealing everything that has wheels and an engine. However, it turns out that drivers more and more often set traps for criminals. Here is the NEW list of brands and models of cars protected by Poles for fear of thieves.
In 2014, drivers lost 14 124 cars – according to data from the General Police Headquarters. That is 9 percent less (1341 cars) than in 2013. Police officers managed to recover 3347 vehicles, that is 235 more than a year earlier. Part of them could be found thanks to precautionary owners, who fearing a high risk of theft additionally secured their four wheels.
It might be said that the Poles set up a trap for thieves in cars that are the most saleable good in the criminal world. Dziennik.pl got a hold of data pertaining to the most often protected makes and models of cars on the Vistula River.
Audi is a brand whose cars Poles protect the most often for fear of thieves – according to data from Gannet Guard Systems. Solutions using radio location (it’s supposedly the most effective trap), with which you can find a car once it’s stolen was the most often chosen by the drivers of Q7 and A6 (in the ranking of models they are on the 2nd and 4th place).
Mercedes ML and the E class
Mercedes is in second place in terms of the most often protected car brand. The owners of SUV ML and S-class limousine most feared the thieves (respectively on the 8th and 9th place in the ranking of models where the trap was set up the most often).
The drivers of Volvo were the third in terms of fear of thieves.
BMW X6 M and X5 M
BMW is the fourth brand whose cars Poles usually protect for fear of thieves. The drivers of X5 (in the ranking of models German SUV takes 7th place) increasingly decide on setting trap under the body, which helps them find a stolen vehicle.
Toyota Land Cruiser
Toyota is the fifth brand the most often protected by Poles for fear of thieves. However, off – road Land Cruiser in the ranking of models, where a trap for criminals is set up, takes the first place. (ahead of Audi Q7).
Excavator with a chip for tracking? This is not a joke – Caterpillar is the sixth brand among the vehicles the most often protected by Poles for fear of theft. Model 428 E takes the fifth place in the ranking of models (ahead of such cars like Porsche cayenne, BMW X5, or Mercedes ML and S class) where a trap for criminals is set.
A few years ago, we tracked down stolen caterpillar in one of the car repair garages near Warsaw. The situation was quite funny, because eight guys staying on site were so surprised by the appearance of our team accompanied by the police that they were not really able to explain their presence. One of the gentlemen in flip – flops justified himself that he came from Poznan for strawberries and he did not know why the uniformed identified him – says Mirosław Marianowski from Gannet Guard Systems.
Lexus is the seventh brand whose cars Poles protect the most often for fear of thieves. Mainly the drivers of RX (Japanese SUV is ranked on the 3rd place in the ranking of models) decided on setting a trap under the body, enabling to find stolen vehicle.
Porsche cayenne GTS
Porsche takes the 8th place among the cars the most often protected by Poles for fear of thieves. Mainly the drivers of cayenne (in the ranking of models German SUV takes the 6th place, just after the digger of Caterpillar) decide on setting a trap under the body, enabling to find stolen vehicle.
Volkswagen is the most popular brand among thieves on the Vistula. However, this is only the ninth manufacturer whose cars are protected by Poles for fear of thieves.
Mercedes SLR worth 2,5 million złotys, as well as Toyota Aygo for circa 30 thousand zlotys are in the list of radio protected cars. Experts point that recently there has been an increased interest in radiolocation system among the owners of definitely cheaper cars. How do thieves steal?
Nowadays, a criminal who is properly equipped – and thieves are investing in equipment and software – is able to neutralize immobilizer, eliminate auto alarm communicating with the CAN bus of a car and turn the ignition on. I repeatedly faced with a situation, in which after finding stolen vehicle the owner was not able to start it because the immobilizer had already been transcoded and did not recognize the signals transmitted from the original keys – says dziennik.pl Mirosław Marianowski from Gannet Guard Systems dealing with tracking and retrieving stolen vehicles.
Locks are traversed using special instruments to open the lock without damaging it and breaking tools, computers allow you to take the management over starting the vehicle even without the use of a key, so basically only time available depends on whether a thief manages steal the car – adds Marianowski.
The expert emphasizes that currently every car can be stolen.