MOSCOW, March 13 – RIA Novosti. The leaders in the number of car thefts in February 2021 in Russia were the “Koreans” Hyundai and Kia, as well as the Japanese Toyota, insurers interviewed by RIA Novosti reported, and most often the models were Hyundai Solaris, Kia Sportage and Toyota Camry.
In addition, the insurers named Range Rover, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz and specific models Mitsubishi Outlander, Skoda Rapid, Toyota Land Cruiser 200, BMW X6, Infiniti QX80 among the frequently hijacked brands. “At the beginning of this year, the list of leaders in terms of hijacking has undergone significant changes. The Korean crossovers Hyundai Creta and Tucson and the Korean sedan Kia Optima came out of it … And Lada Vesta and Volkswagen Tiguan got out of it. Kia Sportage, Toyota Camry and Hyundai Solaris kept their positions – constant participants in such ratings “, – the head of the product department commented -management and marketing of SK “MAKS” Evgeny Popkov.
It is noteworthy that the number of thefts from the surveyed companies has mostly decreased year-on-year. Thus, “MAKS” reported a decrease in the number of thefts by more than 2 times. In Consent, in February 2021, compared to the same month a year earlier, the number of reports of car thefts decreased by 30%. And RESO-Garantia does not observe any serious changes in the number of thefts.
Rosgosstrakh records a noticeable decrease in thefts in February this year compared to February last – by 65%. But in February compared to January, on the contrary, the number of thefts increased by 33%, the insurer said. A similar situation is in AlfaStrakhovanie: if you look at February 2020 to February 2021, the number of thefts decreased by 40%, but if you compare February 2021 with January 2021, then there is an increase in several times.
“The situation with the activity of hijackers has returned to the pre-pandemic level. In particular, the growth of theft spurs the rise in the cost of spare parts and the increasing demand for used vehicles,” said Alexander Kharagezov, director of the insurance payments department at AlfaStrakhovanie.
Moreover, RESO-Garantia indicated that the main thefts are in Moscow and St. Petersburg, where the insurer has the largest auto insurance portfolios. in “Rosgosstrakh” most of the insured events for the risk of “hijacking” were recorded in the northern capital.