Theft inside cars increases by 30% in DF

Theft inside cars increases by 30% in DF
Theft inside cars increases by 30% in DF

On the other hand, the number of cars that were stolen by criminals, that is, with the use of force or violence, decreased

The number of car thefts in the Federal District has grown by around 30.4% since the beginning of the year. While in the period from January to July 2021, vehicle thefts accumulated 3,629 occurrences, in these first seven months of 2022, the number of violations reached 4,733 vehicles in the capital, 1,104 cases more than in the previous year.

Among the cities in the Federal District, the ones with the highest number of vehicle thefts are, respectively, Plano Piloto, with 1,760 records of crimes of this nature up to July; followed by Taguatinga, with 588 cases; and Ceilândia, with 370. Brasília, therefore, accumulates almost half of the violations, being approximately 48.5% of the total amount of the DF.

The three cities together correspond to almost 75% of the cases recorded. This means that, by July 2022, three out of four stolen cars in the DF are reported in the Administrative Regions of Plano Piloto, Taguatinga and Ceilândia. Thefts in the last two cities correspond to about 16.2% and 10.2% of the total in the capital, respectively.

Despite the increase in the number of occurrences, this year the number is still lower than in periods prior to the pandemic. In 2019, in the same period between January and July, 5,287 vehicles were stolen; in 2018, the sum of cases reached 6,217 in the same first seven months.

From the covid-19 pandemic, the number of vehicle thefts dropped considerably in the DF. As of April, the monthly amount was no more than 500 cars – before, violations were hardly below 750. As fewer cars were on the streets and fewer people circulated, the amount of crimes of this type also decreased.

But the occurrence of crimes of this nature has decreased considerably since 2016. In the annual analysis between the years, data from the Department of Public Security of the DF (SSP/DF) show that theft inside vehicles has the lowest rates since the beginning of the historical series in the capital, started in 2000.

On the other hand, the number of cars that were stolen by criminals, that is, with the use of force or violence, decreased by about 23.4% in the federal capital. This year there were 926 robberies and in 2021 there were 1,209 occurrences of this nature, thus 283 fewer cases in 2022.


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In order to make theft easier in parking lots, criminals use a device that cuts the signal frequency between the key and the car being locked. This means that no matter how much the citizen presses the button to close the vehicle and trigger the alarm, the offenders’ device blocks the action and the car remains open. Criminals call the device a “chapolin”.

Without realizing it, the citizen follows the path and moves away from the car. It is at this time that criminals take the opportunity and open the unlocked car in order to steal the owners’ belongings, including spare tires and valuables. It is possible that offenders will also steal the vehicle if they find the spare key inside the glove compartment.

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Therefore, to avoid theft of cars, it is important that, whenever getting out of the car and activating the command to lock the doors, the driver also checks that they are properly locked, pulling one of the handles.

If the driver is a little further away from the car, but wants to check without returning to the vehicle, just press the button again, but paying attention to check for noise or any common lock signal.


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If they are locked, there is no risk of theft without the alarm being activated.

Another option is to lock the car directly with the key, ensuring that the mechanical system works independently of the frequency system.

There are cars that emit sounds like a horn, others that the lock is audible and those that flash the turn signals. If one of these does not happen, it is good to repeat the lock command until it works or go back and close the key.

These common sounds and signals emitted by cars when locking are not activated if the “chapolin” is being used by criminals.


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