The Vehicle Theft Market in Bulgaria
In the United States, the FBI reports that in 2005, 1.2 million vehicles were stolen at a value of $7.6 billion (Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2005), while in Europe, Europol estimates that in 2004 approximately one million vehicles were stolen, of which at least 450,000, at a value of €6.75 billion, were never recovered (Europol, 2006). Despite the significant financial impact that vehicle theft has on victims, it has remained an area with very little academic or policy research. In some respects vehicle theft is just an aspect of property crime. Most victims, however, consider it a serious crime, and in the EU 92% of car-thefts are reported to the police (EUICS Database).
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