The number of marine engine thefts in Sweden continues to rise, making it one of the hardest hit countries in northern Europe.
In the first 10 months of 2016, some 2,236 engines were reported as stolen to the police – a rise of 10% compared to the 2,032 engines stolen during the same time last year.
By comparison, just 1,260 boats were reported as stolen in the first 10 months of 2016.
“We’ve had very good weather this autumn, which contributed to a longer boating season and therefore more thefts,” says Carina Birking at Larmtjänst AB, a non-profit organisation owned by Insurance Sweden.
The most significant increase in reported thefts was from January 1 to June 30, with growth of 30%. The statistics come from the National Crime Prevention Council. Most of the thefts occurred in Stockholm and the south of Sweden. Levels on the west coast and in the northern part of the country remained roughly the same.
Sweden is home to around 825,000 pleasure boats, according to the latest Swedish Transport Agency figures.