Burglary of cars in Thessaloniki on the rise

In recent years, car thefts and burglaries of vehicles have increased in Greece. This trend has been observed since 2016.

Which is shown in the following graph titled: “Car theft and burglaries in recent years in Greece”.

According to the Pricefox platform, the majority of crime occurs in two major regions. Statistics show that there are 4 car thefts / burglaries for every thousand inhabitants of the Attica and Thessaloniki region.

We will remind, as “Russian Athens” wrote earlier, the law enforcement agencies of Greece neutralized a criminal group, whose members committed more than 40 thefts of luxury cars in various parts of Attica. According to the police, the total value of the stolen cars exceeds 1,500,000 euros.

Eight people, six Greeks and two foreigners, were arrested in various parts of Attica in the course of coordinated operational activities. According to police, some criminals watched and stole vehicles, while others were tasked with making fake license plates and placing them on stolen vehicles. Then the criminals either falsified the registration data of the car (chassis and engine numbers) and resold them in this form, or sold them for spare parts.

The criminals had at their disposal special technical equipment, which is used by people who commit professional thefts and the import of unique equipment from abroad (to turn off the alarm and open complex electronic locks). It is reported that some cars were opened by “specialists” in 1 minute!

Police investigations revealed that the criminals had stolen the vehicle, then parked it in a safe place and thoroughly searched it to find geographic identification systems (GPS TRACKERS). In some cases of particularly high-value luxury IXs, criminals placed fake license plates on them, which were prepared in advance. The dodgers received information on the Internet, where advertisements for the sale of vehicles of the same type, model and color were placed.

Later, the “fake” car was parked in fashionable areas in order to “become familiar” to the eyes of the authorities. Two or three days later, after the cars were never found by their owners, they were either transported to underground parking lots, or they were handed over to people who were involved in dismantling cars for auto parts.

Some of the stolen cars were delivered to a workshop owned by one of the detainees. There, after making various changes, the criminals forged the license plates of the car rental agency (also owned by the same detainee), and then used them to rent them out to unsuspecting customers, which made a lot of money.

Eight people, six Greeks and two foreigners, were arrested in various parts of Attica in the course of coordinated operational activities. According to police, some criminals watched and stole vehicles, while others were tasked with making fake license plates and placing them on stolen vehicles. Then the criminals either falsified the registration data of the car (chassis and engine numbers) and resold them in this form, or sold them for spare parts.

The criminals had at their disposal special technical equipment, which is used by people who commit professional thefts and the import of unique equipment from abroad (to turn off the alarm and open complex electronic locks). It is reported that some cars were opened by “specialists” in 1 minute!

Police investigations revealed that the criminals had stolen the vehicle, then parked it in a safe place and thoroughly searched it to find geographic identification systems (GPS TRACKERS). In some cases of particularly high-value luxury IXs, criminals placed fake license plates on them, which were prepared in advance. The dodgers received information on the Internet, where advertisements were placed for the sale of vehicles of the same type, model and color.

Later, the “fake” car was parked in fashionable areas in order to “become familiar” to the eyes of the authorities. Two or three days later, after the cars were never found by their owners, they were either transported to underground parking lots, or they were handed over to people who were involved in dismantling cars for auto parts.

Some of the stolen cars were delivered to a workshop owned by one of the detainees. There, after making various changes, the criminals forged the license plates of the car rental agency (also owned by the same detainee), and then used them to rent them out to unsuspecting customers, which made a lot of money.





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