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‘Rental car thefts difficult to solve’

Once a car crosses a border, it is difficult to track it down and retrieve it.

Once a car crosses a border, it is difficult to track it down and retrieve it.

CAPE TOWN - Rental car thefts are proving to be complex to solve, the president of the South African branch of the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators (IAATI) said on Wednesday.

IAATI President Tinus Odendal says rental car theft is an international problem and has increased in Europe.

Once a car crosses a border, it is difficult to track it down and retrieve it in a country that has different cultures and laws.

He was speaking at the third and final day of the 35th annual Crime Stoppers International (CSI) conference currently underway at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

Odendal spoke of the association's effort to help track stolen cars and says there has been a persistent rate of rental car theft in South Africa.

He says security at South African borders is not strict enough and stolen vehicles can cross them easily.

The association has worked on 2,36 million cases of car theft reported to the police to date, involving 1,27 million insurance claims.