2017 Report on the Theft of Spare Parts

This report by Larmtjanst AB provides statistics on the increase in spare parts thefts. The report's statistics are based on three types of spare parts which are selected by insurance companies on the basis of experience of the kind of thefts that are most common. Components include:

  • Headlights xenon
  • Navigation systems
  • Airbags / steering wheels

Statistical source: Through a cooperation with CAB Group Ltd Larmtjänst has gained access to statistical data from the system CABAS. The specified system reports statistics from auto repair shops on the estimated costs for work and the spare parts in connection to the repairs. In CABAS the place of the repair shop is registered. The CABAS system however doesn’t give information about the exact place where the theft took place. The places where these thefts occurred and the location of the repair shops don’t necessarily have to be the same. The data set used was supplemented with the county in which the repair shop is located. It is still likely that the analysis of the geographical distribution of the thefts is reasonably accurate, since most of the car owners most likely turned to the nearest repair shop after the theft occurred. However it is difficult to say how accurate the above mentioned assumption is.

Period: Statistics valid for 1 January- 31 December 2016.


"In 2016 the thefts of spare parts from passenger cars have continued to increase. Claims costs for insurers have also increased dramatically. The crimes seem largely committed by organized criminal groups, many of them with links to the Baltics. In recent years, the thefts of spare parts from passenger vehicles have escalated. Between 2011 and 2016, the number of thefts of spare parts increased from 1039 to 3333, an increase of 221 percent. These spare parts are largely believed to have been taken out of the country to be used as spare parts for damaged vehicles. Because of this dramatic increase in thefts, Larmtjänst has closely followed these developments."  

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