Protection against theft for motor vehicles
Vehicle criminality is a global problem. The fight against it must be regarded as a task for the whole of society. The number of stolen vehicles in 2013 rose slightly compared to 2012. The official statistics for 2014 have not yet been published, but experts expect that no downturn will have taken place. In 2013, there was a slight rise in the number of permanently stolen vehicles. This means that the number of cases since 2009 is still at a stable level. The theft figures rose once again in the German states that are worst affected by crime, Berlin, Brandenburg, Saxony and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The trend is downward in southern and southwest Germany, on the other hand. Nobody is expecting a major change in this situation since the main conditions such as the expansion of the Schengen Area (a lack of border controls in the EU, only at the EU borders), the technical facilities available to criminals to overcome modern immobilizers and the good opportunities for sales of stolen vehicles have remained unchanged. Vehicle crime in Germany has been dominated by criminal gangs from Eastern Europe for many years according to the German Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA). International vehicle trafficking continues to be based on the sustained demand for motor vehicles and components in southeastern and Eastern Europe as well as in the Middle East. The motor industry continues to hold the upper hand in the technological struggle with professional gangs. Close cooperation between national and state criminal police officers ensure that the latest findings about new methods of attack are used in the design of new theft prevention systems.