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 data from the DVLA. In the United Kingdom, an estimated 1,096 of these vehicles are stolen every year. Since the release of this car, it has been a popular model. A reliable and affordable car is not necessarily a luxurious one.
BMW 5 Series
Buying and owning a car is a dream for some people. The BMW 5 Series is a popular model within the UK and it is a favourite amongst petrol heads. It is also one of the most stolen cars in the UK. 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 offers a smooth ride and a generous-sized car. As much as many people would love 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 2021.
BMW 3 Series
“It’s not surprising that another BMW made our list. The BMW 3 Series has become popular because of it’s easy handling and smart interiors. Many people think this is one of the best models to come from Germany. If you’re thinking of buying one, consider some additional security measures, as 1435 of them have been stolen in the last year in the UK.”
The Ford Focus is the fourth best-selling car model in the UK in the year 2021. The more popular a model of car, the more likely it is to be targeted by car thieves. There were 1587 models 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 public. The popularity of this car means that it is attractive to those who steal it.
“The Range Rover is one of the most stolen vehicles in the UK. This car has grown in popularity due to its status symbol, as more and more people think of it as their dream car. The Range Rover Evoque is a popular model for families and young professionals. As thieves look to steal to sell, this car is very 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 spot! The Ford Fiesta is one of the most popular cars on British soil due to its convenient size, comfortable drive and relaxed interior. The model is more likely to be taken.”