Lima, Peru: Auto part theft most common crime in Peruvian capital

Stolen auto parts recovered by authorities earlier this year.
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(LIP-jl) — According to Lima’s National Counsel on Citizen’s Security (CONASEC in Spanish), auto part theft is the most common crime in the Peruvian capital.

Rolando Quezada Bringas, CONASEC’s Technical Secretary, indicated that of the 800,000 vehicles that transit Limean streets, at least 160,000 have been robbed of some of their parts.

According to Quezada, the Peruvian public is partly to blame for this trend since most have purchased stolen auto parts from known stolen parts vendors.

"We are indirect accomplices to these crimes when we go out an purchase ‘used’ auto parts. That traps us in a vicious cycle that is difficult to get out of," commented the CONASEC secretary.

Additionally, Quesada informed that out of Lima’s 8 million inhabitants, at least 13% have been the victim of a minor theft, such as purse/wallet snatchings or muggings.

Although theft in the Peruvian capital is on the rise, Quesada indicated that violent crime rates in Peru have not reached those of other countries in Latin America, where according to Quesdad, "thieves are known to kill their victims for a simple cellular phone."

"The Peruvian society is not as violent as others. However, we should still take precautions and make efforts to minimize these occurrences before they become uncontrollable," affirmed the CONASEC representative.