Jewels, hi-fi material, money and computer goods are the most frequently stolen objects in France

31-pexels-photo-94843Every year 463,000 first-residence[1] homes are burgled, according to data gathered by the survey Cadre de vie et sécurité from 2007 to 2015[2]. The theft of jewels and computer material rose throughout this period. Hi-fi material (photographs and videos) and money (cash, credit or debit cards or cheques) continue to remain stable.

  2007-2009 2010-2012 2013-2015
Jewellery 37% 45% 54%
Hi-fi material 33% 33% 31%
Money 25% 30% 29%
Computer material 18% 23% 29%

Administrative documentation (identity cards, car-related documents…), antiques and works of art and two-wheel vehicles are the goods least stolen by thieves and there is a downward trend.

  2007-2009 2010-2012 2013-2015
Documentation 11% 7% 6%
Antiques and works of art 6% 3% 1%
Two-wheel vehicles 5% 3% 1%

At a more moderate level, goods stolen due to burglaries of first-residence homes were clothes, DIY material and telephone appliances. Although the first two articles have continued to be stolen more frequently, the theft of telephone appliances has remained stable at between 9 and almost 12%.

Classification and evolution of objects stolen in burglaries

 

Period 1

Study

2007-2009

in %

Period 2

Study

2010-2012

in %

Period 3

Study

2013-2015

in %

Average of burglaries involving the number of objects during the period 398,430 450,563 541,030
Jewels 36,7 44,8 54,42
Hi-fi, photo and vídeo material 33,4 33,3 30,7
Computer material 17,8 22,6 29,1
Money 25,1 29,9 28,9
Clothes 16,0 14,0 11,7
DIY Material 14,3 13,1 11,5
Video games and toys 8,9 13,3 11,1
Telephone appliances 11,8 9,2 10,3
Bicycles 8,0 8,1 5,8
Alcohol 6,4 9,0 5,7
Documentation 10,8 6,6 5,5
Books, CD, DVD nr* 7,8 5,0
Food 3,8 3,8 4,9
Electronic material 6,2 5,6 4,5
Furniture 4,3 2,8 2,0
Vehicles 2,3 2,2 1,2
Antiques and Works of art 6,0 2,6 1,1
Two-wheel vehicles 4,7 2,8 1,1
Outdoor recreational material 2,0 0,8 1,0
Live animals and plants nr* 0,3 0,7
Other objects 21,6 20,9 21,3

nr* These objects were not included in the study until 2010.

The generic group labelled “other objects” stolen amounts to 21%.

Factors like the price of goods and the ease at which they can be sold on the black market because of a demand for certain items helps to explain why some objects are more frequently stolen than others during burglaries.

Source: Flash crim nº. 9, September 2016

[1] This figure includes accomplished robberies and robberies degree attempted.

[2] The sample of respondents was an annual average exceeding 16,000 and pooled 9 polls enter periods: (2007-2009) (2010-2012) and (2013-2015).

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