x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Thieves in Netherlands are not too bright in their choices

A study in the Netherlands has shown that car thieves can be deterred from stealing a vehicle if the colour is deemed too bright.

NETHERLANDS // A study in the Netherlands has shown that car thieves can be deterred from stealing a vehicle if the colour is deemed too bright. The resale value of a car can vary as much as $1,000 depeneding on the colour. The study used data provided by the Department of Motor Vehicles (RDW), police, and Statistics Netherlands (CBS) to compile the results, and found thieves are more likely to opt for black, blue, and silver/grey. And no pink car was reported stolen. The report also discovered that the colour red has fallen out of fashion with the theieves. In 1990 the colour accounted for 25 per cent of all car thefts, now it is down to five per cent. And this trend is also reflected in the popularity of colour choice by new car buyers. So, the report concludes that resale value is on the minds of car thieves based on the colours of commonly stolen vehicles.