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 Vauxhall Astra is one of the most stolen vehicles in the UK according to the data. There are an estimated 1,096 vehicles that are stolen in the United Kingdom. Since its release, the 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
“It is a dream for some people to own a BMW. The BMW 5 Series is a popular model within the UK and it is a favourite amongst petrol heads. It’s also one of the most stolen cars in the UK. It is thought that around 668 were stolen in 2011. BMWs are often a target for car thieves looking to resell and sometimes even ship abroad to clients who want to buy popular models.”
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class has a smooth ride and is a generous-sized car. As much as many people would love to own a Mercedes, they are also regularly stolen by thieves. Looking to make some quick money or to sell the car for parts, around 818 of these were stolen.
BMW 3 Series
“It’s no surprise that another BMW made our list. The BMW 3 Series has become popular due to its easy handling and smart interiors. Many people think this is the best model 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. Around 1587 of these models were stolen in the UK last year.
The Volkswagen Golf is popular with young drivers for its comfort and power. One of the most popular cars on our roads, the VW Golf is equally popular with families as it is with the general public. The popularity of this car means it is desirable and attractive to thieves, like many of the other cars mentioned in our list.
In the UK, the Range Rover is one of the most stolen cars. Due to its status symbol, this car has become more popular as more and more people consider it their dream car. The Range Rover is popular with families and young professionals alike. As thieves look to steal to sell, this car is extremely desirable. Many of the stolen Range Rover go on to be shipped abroad.
“It’s not a good thing to be first in this list, but with over 3000 Ford Fiestas stolen in the last year, this classic model takes the top spot! The Ford Fiesta is one of the most popular cars in Britain due to it’s convenient size, comfortable drive, and relaxed interior. This means that this model is more likely to be stolen.”