5,000 car thefts in 2013

KUWAIT: Kuwait recorded an average of 14 car thefts a day last year, according to official figures released by the Interior Ministry. The majority of these cases were reported by motorists who lost their cars to unidentified thieves, according to a source familiar with the statistics. Speaking to Al-Qabas on the condition of anonymity, the source said that 5,060 thefts were reported in 2013, including 3,186 filed as felonies and 1,874 as misdemeanors.

The culprits in most cases are unknown, and their identities are yet to be revealed as investigations are still ongoing. The sources said that stolen cars are often found burnt in remote locations or dismantled for parts that are sold to garages around Kuwait – especially of luxury vehicles. Stolen cars are sometimes used by criminals to commit crimes such as muggings and armed robberies, the source warned. Some steal cars simply for ‘drifting’ and using them to perform dangerous stunts before abandoning them in the desert, the source added.

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