As many people will be aware, UK car theft is rising steadily each year. It is estimated that more than 900 cars are stolen every week! The popular vehicle makes within these statistics include the likes of Range Rovers and Ford Fiestas which make up a large percentage of the cars driven on UK roads. With the increasing number of vehicles being stolen in the UK, vehicle tracking devices are often recommended by insurance companies and the police themselves. Offering a level of protection which would help to increase the chances of a stolen car being retrieved and returned to the rightful owner.
“The car that is one of the most stolen in the UK is the Vauxhall Astra. There are an estimated 1,096 stolen vehicles in the United Kingdom. Since it’s release, this car has been a popular model. It’s not necessarily a luxurious car, but one which is reliable and affordable for many different types of people.”
BMW 5 Series
“Buying and owning a car is a dream for a lot of people. The BMW 5 Series has become a popular model within the UK and is a favourite amongst petrol heads and people looking for a more luxurious car. It’s one of the most stolen cars in the UK as well. It is believed that around 668 were stolen in 2011. BMWs are often the target of car thieves looking to resell and sometimes even ship abroad to clients looking to buy these popular models.”
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is an absolute classic, offering a smooth ride and a generous-sized car. As much as many people would like to own a Mercedes, they are also frequently stolen by thieves. Looking to make some quick money or to sell the car for parts, around 818 of these were stolen in the year 2011.
BMW 3 Series
It is no surprise that another BMW has made our list. The BMW 3 Series has become popular due to its easy handling. This is one of the best models to come from the German manufacturer. If you are thinking of buying one, consider some additional security measures, as 1435 of them have been stolen in the last year.
The Ford Focus is the fourth best-selling car in the UK in 2021. The more popular a model of car, the more likely it is to be targeted by thieves. There were 1587 models stolen in the UK last year.
The Volkswagen Golf is popular with young drivers because of its comfort, power, andVersatility. One of the most popular cars on our roads is the VW Golf, a handy small car that is equally popular with families. The popularity of this car means it is desirable and therefore attractive to those thieves, like many of the other cars in our list.
“In the UK, the Range Rover is one of the most stolen cars. The car has become more popular due to its status symbol as more and more people consider it their dream car. Families and young professionals alike love the Range Rover Evoque. As thieves look to steal to sell, this car is extremely desirable. Many of the Range Rover’s that were stolen go on to be shipped abroad.”
“It’s not a good thing to come first in this list, but with over 3000. Ford Fiestas stolen in the last year, this classic model takes top place. The Ford Fiesta is one of the most popular cars in Britain due to its convenient size, comfortable drive and relaxed interior. This means that the model is more likely to be stolen.”