Brazilian Government Struggles to Stop Car Theft

Car theft is a global problem, but when a car is stolen every 12 minutes the matter must be urgently solved. Actually, this is what happens in Rio de Janeiro every day. In Sao Paulo, the situation is even worse as a car is stolen every 3 minutes. And since these thefts are often accompanied by violent assault, measures against such crimes can not be postponed.

That's why, with the anti-theft and tracking system, these crimes might come very soon to an end, Digital Planet reported. Or at least, this is what it's believed by the Brazilian government.

Unfortunately this affects the considered safe areas in Brazil as well. Pablo Schargrotsky had his car stolen from one of the supposedly safest and wealthiest areas of the city. "It was in Leblon, a very rich place. I was working there and it wasn't very late, seven PM," he said.

"They put a gun in my head and they said 'give me everything', then they took the car away and I called the police," he added. "They could never find the car."

Moreover, according to police statistics, 80% of Rio's stolen cars end up in the northern part of the city. In order to stop similar phenomena in the future, the Brazilian government will equip every new and imported car with an anti-theft and tracking system.

But how does this work? "The cars will come already pre-installed with the device, you are able to block your car while it is driving and no-one steals it when it is parked," said Francisco Maximo, who works for Car System, a company that produces anti-theft systems.

When your car is stolen, in order to avoid any possible injuries or even murder, you let the thief take the car. Afterwards, you pick up the phone, call the centre and report your car has been stolen. Every driver will have a password that they will give to the police along with the details of their car. Then, they will send a signal. After receiving the signal, your car will automatically stop and the recovery team will be on the way together with the police after locating the car by GPS.

As a matter of fact, Car Systems engineers already installed up to 60 systems a day. But only time can tell if it will actually stop car theft or if thieves will become more and more inventive to escape the tricky system.
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