Saxony traffic police out in force, targeting Czech drivers

Saxony traffic police were out in force in the border areas with Poland and the Czech Republic on Friday, conducting road checks in connection with organized car theft. Local authorities say that car theft has increased since the opening of borders and some politicians are calling for the re-introduction of border checkpoints. Czech politicians have criticized the policy of targeting Czech drivers as harassment but Saxony Interior Minister Markus Ulbig says that 180 suspect cases since the beginning of the year speak for themselves. Car theft in Saxony is reported to have increased by 32 percent in the course of last year.