"Debater: the Export of stolen boat engines must be stopped"
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"the DEBATE. When the Swedish boat owners take presenningarna and start vårrusta their boats are båtmotortjuvarna already started. The stöldligor raging in the yacht clubs and ports, know that it is both easy and largely risk-free to bring out the stolen goods out of Sweden."
"year after Year are stolen around 2 000 outboard motors from the Swedish boats. Most of the exported quickly out of the country without the authorities intervening. Because it is not forbidden to bring the stolen goods out of Sweden, the authorities do not any, despite the fact that they understand what's going on."
"the Cost of 200 to 300 million per year, the boat owners stand for via insurance premiums. Sweden has become a smorgasbord for foreign stöldligor and the boat owners account for a large part of the bill."
"During the first three months of 2019 were stolen in 441 engines in Sweden, compared with 368 last year. During the whole of 2018 was stolen 2 450 engines in the entire country, according to statistics from the police. With an average purchase value of close to 100 000 sek is the amount of money involved."
"For the individual boat owner, this means problems and significant costs. The victim of theft several times, maybe lose the craving and ends with the boating life."
"Sweden has many pleasure boats per capita and is in a class of its own when it comes to båtmotorstölder. No other country in Europe has been hit as hard by the boat and motorstölder."
"the Reasons are several, but mainly the weak border controls."
"The engines that are being stolen are often in the 70 to 100 horsepower. They are easy to wear for a thief, and has a high market value. But there are examples of thieves stealing engines of 300 horsepower or more."
"the Thefts follow the same pattern year after year. After a careful our reached a peak in the beginning of August and then fades away. Thereafter, a ”final sprint” in the autumn when the boats are back on the land, and the engines are serviced for the winter. All according to police statistics."
"the Worst affected is skärgårdskommunerna in Stockholm and Gothenburg, but as a boater in the whole country suffer. The only thing that can handle itself a little better is the boat owners in northern sweden, because it is much longer to drive to the border from there."
"the Thefts of boat engines follows the same pattern as thefts of tractors, motorcycles, hand tools, and other things that are easily tradable. First is a reconnaissance, followed by the thieves, who also carry stöldgodset to a middle tier. Finally, will the carrier who takes the goods out of the country. The process usually takes place via the ports with a connection to Poland or the Baltic states."
"Several judgments have confirmed that båtmotortjuvarna will mostly come from Lithuania, Belarus and Romania. According to båtmotorföretag the Swedish thefts had become so extensive that over half of new sales of boat motors in some countries, consists of stolen goods from Sweden."
"What will be done to stop the many thefts?"
"the boat owners are usually garderade with GPS spårsändare, they have noticed their engines and register them in the register used by the authorities in the whole of Europe. Båtklubbsmedlemmarna monitors its ports and boats regularly by Båtsamverkan, which is a very effective way to keep the thieves away."
"Swedish Båtunionen with 170 000 boat owners as members, has long argued that the laws must be changed to stop båtmotorstölderna. We have, together with the trade association Sweboat courted the parliamentary fritidsbåtsnätverk to highlight how important this issue is."
"But it needed more action, mainly from the politicians."
"with the EU principle of free movement of goods within the union is very important to maintain. But not at the cost of lots of thefts each year, with the costs and discomfort that this entails for the citizens."
"it is Best to determine that it is not OK to bring out the stolen goods."
"nChrister Eriksson, president of Swedish Båtunionen (SBU), a national association of approximately 900 yacht clubs in the whole of Sweden."
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