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Top 5 Stolen Car Models – UK Car Theft Trends

In recent years, car theft has become an increasingly prevalent concern in the UK, with criminals employing sophisticated methods to target vehicles across the nation. But what exactly are these thieves after, and how can you safeguard your own wheels from falling victim to their schemes?

According to data analysed by Claims Management & Adjusting (CMA) from DVLA records, a staggering statistic emerges: a vehicle is stolen approximately every five minutes somewhere in the UK. This alarming frequency underscores the urgency for motorists to take proactive measures in protecting their vehicles.

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Tracker, a leading provider of security and telematics systems, has shed light on the disconcerting reality of car theft trends. Their latest findings reveal a sharp 39.5% increase in the number of cars stolen and subsequently recovered in the first half of 2023 compared to the same period in 2022.

So, which vehicles are subject to the most thefts? Premium models from renowned brands such as Land Rover, Range Rover, and Mercedes-Benz frequently find themselves in the crosshairs of thieves. These vehicles promise high resale values, making them lucrative targets for criminal activities.

Surprisingly, even the beloved Ford Fiesta hasn’t been spared from the attention of thieves. The cessation of its production in July 2023 has led to a thriving second-hand parts market, with criminals capitalising on this opportunity to profit from stolen components.

The emergence of illegal “chop shops,” where stolen vehicles are dismantled for parts, further exacerbates the issue. In the first half of 2023 alone, Tracker, in collaboration with UK police forces, uncovered 34 such operations nationwide.

As hybrid and electric vehicles gain popularity, they too are likely to attract unwanted attention from thieves. The implementation of low emission zones across the UK has only heightened the demand for these eco-friendly vehicles, presenting fresh challenges in combating car theft.

Tracker lists the top five stolen and recovered models, providing valuable insights for owners and prospective car buyers.

5 Most Stolen UK Car Models (That are subsequently recovered):

  1. Range Rover Sport
  2. Lexus RX450h
  3. Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Range Rover Vogue
  4. BMW X5, Land Rover Discovery, Range Rover Evoque
  5. Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Range Rover Autobiography
    Source: Tracker, data from January to June 2023

Keyless Car Theft A Concern

Tracker says that ‘relay attack’ targeting keyless cars continues to be the most common technique used by thieves. Tracker’s data highlighted that 93% of thefts are carried out without using the owner’s keys. An inexpensive gadget is used to misinform the targeted car that the key fob is in close proximity. The car subsequently can be entered and started. For this reason if your car has a keyless entry system, using a signal-blocking pouch such as a Faraday bag is a simple and sensible precaution.

A Thatcham-approved vehicle tracker is worth serious consideration and on high value vehicles they can be mandatory for many insurers. The device won’t necessarily prevent the vehicle being taken but it could enable the police to recover it.

If your vehicle is stolen, you should contact the police. They will issue you with a crime reference number. This will need to be supplied to your insurer. If you have fully comprehensive or third-party fire and theft (TPFT) coverage, you can claim it as long as you have complied with your policy’s security requirements.

It’s essential to consider the potential repercussions of owning a high-theft-risk vehicle, including the likelihood of increased insurance premiums. While the threat of car theft looms large, knowledge and vigilance can serve as potent weapons in safeguarding your prized possession. Stay informed, stay cautious, and together, we can thwart the efforts of those who seek to profit at our expense.

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