“Global Car theft decreasing… or is it?” SBD asks after publishing the results from their latest 'Global Theft Guide'

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With a fall in traditional theft and a rise in organised criminal activity, are we at the start of the next vehicle theft pandemic?

SBD’s latest update to the Global Theft Guide shows the theft rate decreasing in 25 of the 34 countries covered, but what has sparked the improvements, and what is causing some countries to fall behind?

Most experts would agree that if there was one piece of technology that has made a positive influence on vehicle theft figures, it would be the engine immobiliser. However, like all technological advances, eventually something will take its place or make it redundant.

SBD believes that the latest theft figures highlighted in our Global Theft Guide could be showing the beginning of the end of the immobiliser system as we currently know it.

The levelling out of the figures in most countries and the beginning of modest rises in some developed markets show the impact that new electronic theft tools and methods are having.

Mike Parris, Head of SBD’s Secure Car Division, comments: “As car crime is becoming more profitable, Organised Criminal Groups (OCGs) are increasing their involvement in vehicle theft, whilst the use of sophisticated electronic theft methods is growing globally also. This trend is supported by the known rise in transnational vehicle theft, ready access to tools, keys and information via the internet and the high demand for cars in many emerging economies.”

SBD believes that although there is a slight decrease in theft rates, the industry is now facing a real risk from advanced electronic theft methods. It is now more important than ever for OEMs to keep abreast of global trends and make sure they are ahead of the curve and implement the required electronic security features in cars.

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