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10th place: BMW 335d – the thieves know what’s good. BMW is represented in the top ten most stolen cars with five models, the last generation of the 3 Series is in tenth place-row.

Source: BMW

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9th place: VW Golf IV 1.9 TDI – 6.4 out of 1000 registered models were stolen in 2011.

Source: Volkswagen / Volkswagen

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8th place: The latest generation of the VW transporter, the T5. It disappears most often the Multivan California 2.5 TDI.

Source: Volkswagen

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7th place for the 730d, the diesel model is also the preferred choice for the previous generation of the current 7 series.

Source: BMW

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6th place: The same applies to the BMW 5 Series, with the 535d it is again a diesel model that is particularly popular with thieves

Source: picture-alliance / gms / fo / rk

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5th place: With the BMW M3 Coupe, it is the high level of prestige that even dodgy fans find. 10.9 out of 1,000 insured vehicles disappeared, which corresponds to around one percent. 2In 010, the M3 was still in second place on the car theft hit list.

Source: BMW

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4th place: An old friend – the fourth generation VW Transporter (T4) has not only been popular with surfers and families, but also with car thieves for yearsOnce in third place. In 2011, the 2.5 TDI model was most frequently affected.

Source: gms / rk

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Third place is occupied by the second youngest generation of the Toyota Landcruiser, specifically the 3.0 D-4D model

Source: nn

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2nd place: Lexus RX 400h. 14.1 per 1000 pieces disappeared never to be seen again last year. After all: the hybrid SUV has gone from its top position in 2010, back then21.2 per 1000 RX 400h were missing.

Source: Lexus / Lexus

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1st place: BMW X5 (photo) and X6. In 2011, 16.6 of 1000 registered cars of this type were stolen in Germany.

Source: BMW / SystemĽBrandsĽBMWĽAutomobilesĽX5

The number of car thefts in Germany is at a high level, with few appearing again. According to insurers, the BMW brand is the darling of car thieves. Mercedes drivers can sleep more easily there.

D.he number of car thefts remains at a high level: The steal statistics for 2011 only register an insignificant decrease in the number of missing cars. And the thieves especially love BMW models.

BMW is auto-cracker’s favorite: In the current hit list of the most stolen cars of 2011, compiled by the Association of German Insurers (GDV) on the basis of all comprehensive insurance cases, five BMW models appear in the top 10 on. Whether 7, X6, X5, M3 or simply 3, the passion of the criminals extends to almost the entire model range of the Bavarian manufacturer.

0.8 percent increase

Overall, the number of stolen cars is stagnating at a relatively high level: 19,658 cars with comprehensive insurance were lost, according to GDV. That is 0.8 percent more than in the previous year. The demonstrative joy of the GDV, symbolized by the headline “Hardly any increase in car thefts”, nevertheless seems a bit artificial.

Because since 2008 the number of vehicle thefts has skyrocketed, no antidote has yet been found. A connection with the opening of the EU borders as part of the Schengen Agreement cannot be entirely ruled out. The police figures show that even the state power cannot get a grip on car crime.

For its part, the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) recently recorded 41,057 “lost cars” in its annual statistics “Situation report for motor vehicle crime 2011” – a total of two percent less than in the previous year. The difference between the GDV and BKA figures is explained by the fact that comprehensive insurance is far from being taken out for all cars in Germany. For cars that are more than six years old, the residual value is usually too low for the financial investment to be worthwhile.

Munich is becoming safer

However, the two figures do not reflect the actual relationship: in Germany less than ten percent of all cars have comprehensive insurance. But it is no coincidence that the thieves have a preference for fully insured cars: These include, above all, expensive and exclusive new cars from “relevant” brands that are also popular in the underworld.

The police found around 5,000 of the lost cars by the end of 2011. The rest is probably long gone. As worrying as the numbers are, they are comparatively low compared to the situation at the beginning of the 1990s, when Germany was a real playground for car crackers: in the year of its boom in 1993, more than 105,000 vehicles disappeared forever

It is noticeable that the car thieves are apparently withdrawing from some metropolises. This is particularly noticeable in southern Germany: In Munich, around 5.3 percent fewer cars with comprehensive insurance were robbed than in 2010, and in Stuttgart as much as 8.2 percent. On the other hand, according to GDV, car theft has increased – logically – in the north: Bremen recorded an increase of 30 percent, Hamburg by 18.9 percent.

According to the BKA, thieves work very professionally

When it comes to cars up to three years old, the criminals still seem to be faced with technological barriers: In 2010, 5,907 fully insured cars in this age group were stolen, in 2011 only 5253. Nevertheless, this age group remains the most popular among thieves. The total statistics of the BKA cannot serve here with comparative figures, but the police do name a sequence of the most stolen brands: According to this, it is primarily premium manufacturers whose products are targeted.

The lion’s share of stolen vehicles is made up of vehicles from Porsche, BMW and Audi, each with just under one percent missing cars (in relation to the total stock) – Volkswagen follows some distance behind. According to the BKA, the thieves work very professionally and are organized on an industrial scale. “The perpetrator groups work with modern overcoming tools, with which they are able to render the security devices of the latest vehicle generations ineffective.” The only exception in this dubious hit list is Mercedes, whose clearance rate is below 0.3 percent.

“The 15 to 29 year old vehicles show another peak load”, according to the BKA. These are cars that are stolen for valuable spare parts. They are usually cannibalized near the crime scene and transported in pieces to Eastern Europe or by ship to Africa. The BKA: "Due to the high demand for vehicle spare parts, complete vehicles are still being stolen and ‘cannibalized" for spare parts extraction. "The most important market for illegal vehicle parts is in Lithuania.

Number of German cars stolen abroad has fallen

According to the BKA, the trend in car crime has increased overall in recent years: East Germany and the federal capital are the most dangerous places for cars, Berlin, with 22 percent of the total number of crimes in 2011, is even one percent higher than North Rhine-Westphalia, the state with the most car registrations.

Small consolation: The number of German cars disappearing abroad has fallen significantly: from 798 to 633 cases. A possible reason is the fact that the proportion of high-quality cars has increased in Eastern European countries, so that car thieves can just as easily crack a domestic car, speculates the BKA. As before – at least empirically – the risk of returning from a trip without a car is highest in Poland and the Czech Republic.

The BKA does not believe that auto crime can be successfully contained in the short term: "It is a mass crime that will continue to be important in the future due to the prospects for profit and a low level of punishment." A fundamental trend reversal cannot currently be assumed.

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