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33,000 stolen cars found in 4 months

A free app against car theft

16/04/2014 08:55 | Comments: 

A beginner bursting with enthusiasm, happy to learn the tricks of the trade from the greats of Hungarian automotive journalism. Doesn’t own a car yet, which makes him a queer fish at the office. A curious all-round talent who also blogs about New York and the Middle-East.

In Brazil, civilians have found 33,000 stolen cars with the help of a free app. The programme can be installed on phones, tablets and computers.

With Check Placa, an app developed by the government of Brazil it takes seconds to tell whether a car has been stolen simply by entering the digits on any number plate.

The government made the app available to the public at the end of last year, and during the last four months it has already been downloaded by 1 million users and has been used a staggering 25 million times.

Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff took to Twitter recently to announce that the number of stolen vehicles found with the help of the app has reached 33,000.

Is there a similar app in your country? The Hungarian programme for traditional phones as well as the app for smartphones can be downloaded   here  .

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