Difficult for the automobile market to return to levels before the health crisis despite good progress in 2023, whether in France or even across Europe. On the other hand, according to the data obtained by our colleagues from Le Parisien, if there is one thing that is back on an “excellent dynamic”, it is car thefts, and that, for once, is rather bad news, hence the use of quotation marks. Let’s look at this more closely.
11.1% additional claims in 2023
In total, 70,649 claims were declared last year, which represents a significant increase of 11% compared to 2022. Worse still. “If we only take into account cars, which represent two thirds of thefts, the surge is even close to 15%,” note the authors of the article. A worrying phenomenon “while vehicle thefts were on a downward trend over the previous fifteen years”, to use the words of the general director of France Assureurs Frank Le Valois.
Popular new and used models
The reasons for this surge are multiple. According to the director of the professional insurance organization Argos Benoît Leclair, “we are faced with well-organized networks, focused on international traffic” when, in the past, “it was more about flights of opportunity” . Many vehicles leave for the African continent, which explains however the departments of the South of France are the most affected due to geographical proximity: Bouches-du-Rhône thus comes first but Corsica is also placed quite high in this sad ranking.
Since we are talking about Africa, the Toyota RAV4 is particularly popular there, hence its presence in 5th place in the top 10 below, even though it does not appear in such a high position in the ranking. sales of new or used cars. For the rest, “it’s the law of supply and demand: the best-selling models are also the most stolen”, to quote Benoît Leclair once again. This is how two generations of Clio and 208 rub shoulders in the top 10, two of the models most appreciated by the French. We will not be more surprised to find the second generation Peugeot 3008 and 308, very common on our roads. Just classic.
Top 10 most stolen cars last year
|Renault Clio IV
|Renault Megane IV
|Peugeot 3008 II
|Peugeot 308 II
|Toyota RAV4 V
|Peugeot 208 II
|Renault Clio III
|Renault Master III
|Renault Megane III
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To sum up
Car thefts have increased significantly in 2023, pre-Covid levels have even been exceeded. Overview of the models most sought after by criminals.
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