The number of cars stolen in Argentina in the first two months of 2009 rose 6.2% from the same period a year earlier, the Road Safety and Experimentation Center (CESVI) reported Tuesday.
The City of Buenos Aires bucked the trend, with car thefts actually actually falling 4.2%.
Residents in Greater Buenos Aires, however, weren’t so lucky. Criminals in the area surrounding the capital stole 12.3% more cars than a year ago.
People living south of the city had the worst luck as thefts there rose just over 20%. Car theft rose almost 17% in areas west of the city while it was up just 1% in “zona norte.”
Meanwhile, an analysis of the data show that 15.5% of all car theft takes place place on Fridays, making that the worst day of the week to drive or park your car.
About three quarters of all car theft involves parked, unattended cars while just 25% involves the armed robbery of drivers who are in their vehicles when the crime occurs.
The car that is most stolen is the Fiat Duna. Some 257,000 Dunas were made in Argentina between 1987 and 2004. It’s a car still commonly used by Taxi drivers. The second-most stolen car is also a Fiat – the Uno. It’s followed by the Volkswagen Gol.