As every year, Coyote carries out a study on car theft in France. With the health crisis, we observe a decrease in offenses for the year 2020 with 121,500 identified robberies. Finally, some regions are more affected than others …

The year 2020 was not entirely negative for the automobile. We told you about it a few weeks ago on, in France the number of car thefts fell by 13% compared to 2019. The Covid 19 pandemic is the main cause of this slowdown. During the first confinement, the drop in offenses was even more impressive, with 64% less than during the same period in 2019. Good news, the thieves therefore stayed at home.

Some have still not escaped pilferage. Each year, the Coyote GPS application studies car thefts in France, based on data from its anti-theft trackers and those disclosed by the Ministry of the Interior. And to complete their figures, insurer Argos has also joined the hunt for car thieves by reporting data to them.

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Large cities are the first affected by car theft. Ile-de-France, the PACA region and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes alone constitute half of the offenses in France.

SUVs are the most stolen vehicles, they represent nearly 46% of thefts. According to Coyote, this result is justified by the increase in crossovers on the market but also by their generally higher cost than other cars. Out of around 1,000 SUVs registered with the anti-theft tracking service, around 3.1 are generally victims of theft. A much lower rate for station wagons, which amounts to 1.2 per 1,000 vehicles.