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In France, One Scooter Is Being Stolen Every 8 Minutes

If you though that the US was pretty crazy with one motorcycle being stolen every 11 minutes, how about learning that one scooter is being stolen every 8 minutes in France? Well, it may sound wacky, but that’s how les Francaises roll…
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Around 61,000 scooter thefts have been reported in France in 2013, but a local study claims that not all the victims are reporting the thefts. It may be because of the fact that not all the customers have theft insurance for their two-wheelers, or the recovery percentage is abysmal and not worth the trouble in certain cases.

The capital city of Paris is leading the charts, and accounts for more than 10% of the total number of reported missing scooters. Now, Paris IS the country’s largest city and the scooter density there is most likely one of the biggest in France, as well, so these figure should not surprise anyone. However, the French scooter riders have other reasons to fear for their property, as the same source reports that the number of such crimes occurring in broad daylight has increased to a whopping 53%.

60 percent of the thefts occur on public roads and not in parking lots or form garages, as some might have expected. It’s these figures which are alarming, especially if coupled with the rise of scooter thefts in the capital area. While for the rest of the country scooter thefts have decreased by an average of 9 percent, the Paris, Indre, Gers, Rhone and Guyane regions are facing increased criminality.

Le Parisien reports that 73% of the owners whose scooters have been stolen are buying new two-wheels, and it’s funny to learn that most of them are choosing another brand. Too bad that we don’t have info on the price range for the new scooters. It would have been very interesting from a sociologist’s point of view to see whether there’s a correlation between the perceived value of the stolen scooters and the chances of them disappearing, compared to the customers’ expectations based on the market value of their new rides.

Until such info surfaces, you could do well to read more on the Datatag anti-theft program in the UK and learning some more tricks on how to prevent your bike from being stolen.

Via motorbiker


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