Source: The Economist:
In the past some 50 cars were stolen here each year. Now it’s 350.” It’s not surprising that car-stealing gangs flock to Frankfurt: crossing the border takes just a few minutes.
Polish gangs stealing German cars is nothing new. What’s new is the rapid increase of such thefts in eastern Germany since the expansion of the passport and immigration-control free Schengen area. In Brandenburg, the state where Frankfurt is located which has Germany’s longest border with Poland, police recorded 2,700 vehicles per 100,000 residents in 2007. By 2010, the figure had skyrocketed to 4,055 vehicles per 100,000 residents.