SECURITY: Decrease in the number of car thefts compared to 2020 and 2019


An increase in vehicle thefts was observed in September and October this year by the Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthélemy gendarmerie company *: respectively 33 and 40 incidents were reported against 21 and 26 in July and August.

Three quarters of stolen vehicles are cars; this proportion has increased since January. At the start of the year, just under 6 in 10 stolen vehicles were cars.

Regarding two-wheeler thefts, the number of reported incidents has fallen sharply since the start of the year: twice as many thefts have been recorded (17 thefts in September-October compared to 34 in January-February).

Despite an upward recovery in car thefts in recent months, they are showing a marked drop in 2021 compared to 2020 or 2019. In the first ten months of the year, 270 thefts of cars and two-wheelers were recorded against 445 last year at the same time. This represents 125 fewer car thefts and 50 fewer two-wheeler thefts. Compared to 2019, 200 fewer incidents reported, including 192 fewer car thefts.

These results can be explained by the establishment of a working group dedicated to these facts within the gendarmerie in March 2020 which made it possible to apprehend several individuals and to highlight the channels of resale of stolen vehicles on the 'Isle.

* According to figures published by the Minister of the Interior. (

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