Car thieves in the Netherlands have found a new trick in order to rob BMW's. To bypass the alarm of certain models, they cut a hole in the roof to disable the alarm, break the window and then rob the inside.
The 'trend' has been applied nine times since 31 August in and around the posh Dutch villa village Bloemendaal.
The airbags and the navigation system gets stripped from the car and sold online. But the damage for the car owners is even greater: the thieves leave a gaping hole in the roof of the car which needs to be repaired causing thousands of euros. Because of the particular place where the damage is located, it is not covered by insurance.
The mayor of Dordrecht Elbert Roest warned this week: "Car thieves have been using a nasty method lately, also in Bloemendaal. The latest trend is that a hole in the roof of luxury cars is cut, after which navigation systems and airbags are stolen. The damage and annoyance for the owner is great."
Affected car owners are in fact hurt three times. In order to disable the alarm, thieves cut a hole in the roof with an iron shear. Afterwards they break a window to open the door and finally steal the airbags and the navigation out of the car.
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It will easily cost thousands of euros to have all of this repaired.
According to Mr Titus Vissur of the Federal Police Crime Prevention Unit, East European gangs have started to specialize looking at certain models: “We’ve seen cases where a door handle is forced so that they can just cut through one vital thread. Car burglars are very well informed about how types of cars are screwed together. "
Thieves in Eastern Europe make whole profile studies of cars. "One copy is stolen and it is completely disassembled. That is how the weaknesses are exposed. "
In Holland BMW is one of the most stolen brands, followed by LandRover, Audi and Volkswagen.
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