The number of stolen cars decreases, but also the number of recoveries: in 2019 (the freshest data available) only one in three is found. The bulk of the phenomenon is concentrated in five regions: Campania (23,554 thefts), Lazio (17,021), Puglia (16,389), Sicily (13,178) and Lombardy (10,013). Overall, in these regions there is almost the total total subtraction, 84%.

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As for the models most at risk (useful information, especially when choosing the car …), the Fiat Panda, 500 and Ypsilon are on the podium. It depends on us, experts explain, from commercial success, which also generates a large black market for spare parts, directed in Italy and abroad, particularly in Eastern Europe. Thieves are not only interested in small cars: SUVs are also targeted, precisely because of their constant commercial expansion.

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the picture that emerges from the dossier developed by LoJack Italia based on 2019 data from the Ministry of the Interior. For the first time the recovery rate of stolen cars drops to 36%: it has never been so low. The case studies show that the findings occur within 24 hours of the theft: beyond that limit, the more time passes the less likely there is that the car will be found. Last year, of the 95,403 cars that disappeared (over 261 per day, 11 every hour), only 34 thousand were found. More than 61 thousand cars have been lost track, routed on foreign markets or plucked to meet the demand for spare parts.

Campania and Lazio, respectively with 33% and 26% of recoveries, are the regions where the greatest difficulties in returning stolen vehicles are recorded. In the ranking of cities, on the top step of the podium is Naples (17,767 thefts), followed by Rome (15,835) and Catania (7,441). The top ten continues as follows: Bari (6,595), Milan (6,523), Turin (3,857), Foggia (3,437), Palermo (3,254), Caserta (2,961) and Barletta-Andria-Trani (2,560).

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LoJack Italia research highlights the high technological profile of thieves (who follow the technological evolution of cars hand in hand) and the growing specialization on certain models. The FCA Group in the foreground with six of the 10 most stolen models. By adding Fiat (36,847 stolen vehicles and around 39% of national thefts), Lancia (6%) and Alfa Romeo (5%), half of the thefts business is reached in Italy. On the other hand, the recovery rate of these vehicles is slightly higher than the national average: it ranges between 40% and 44. The other brands are less recovered: Ford at 31%; Volkswagen, Audi and Opel at 28; Renault and Smart at 27%, Mercedes at 21 and so on

The ranking of the most stolen cars driven by the Panda (11,299 thefts), followed by 500 (7,989), Punto (6,664), Ypsilon (4,540) and Golf (2,301). In the top ten there is also the Giulietta (1,965 thefts). Following: the Fiesta (1,953), the Fortwo Coup (1,794), the Clio (1,772) and the 500L (1,627). The 10 cars preferred by thieves account for 44% of thefts.

In Naples in the top ten of stolen cars there is also the Fiat Seicento. In Bari the top five positions are occupied by Lingotto models. That in Catania even places seven out of 10. Rome and the province, on the other hand, are the hell of Smart: here it disappears more than half of the Fortwo (801) stolen throughout Italy. In Milan there is the entry into the rankings of the Vw Polo and Ford Focus. While in the province of Milan the Fiat 500 is the most stolen, followed by the Panda and the Vw Golf.

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SUVs are increasingly in demand on the legal market: of course they are also in the illegal one. Last year there were 5,140 stolen models, 11% more than 2018. At the top of the segment ranking is the Nissan Qashqai (917 units subtracted, + 49% compared to 2018). In the top five follow the Range Rover Sport (502), the Range Rover Evoque (374), the Kia Sportage (323) and the Toyota RAV 4 (321). The new Bmw X3 enters the top 10 of the most stolen SUVs with 270 thefts: + 85% compared to 2018. Campania is also an area at risk for SUVs: more than half of the thefts (473) of the Qashqai occur here. But to hit, of the Sport Utility, the average recovery rate of 30%, much lower than the general figure.

July 27, 2020 (change July 27, 2020 | 1:19 pm)

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