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 cars in the UK, according to the data. In the United Kingdom, an estimated 1,096 of these vehicles are stolen a year. This car has been a popular model since it was released. Not necessarily a luxurious car but one which is reliable and affordable for many different types of people.
BMW 5 Series
“Buying a BMW is a dream for some people. The BMW 5 Series has become a popular model within the UK, and is a favourite amongst petrol heads and those 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. 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 is an absolute classic, offering a smooth ride and a generous-sized car. 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.
BMW 3 Series
“It is not surprising that another BMW made the list. The BMW 3 Series has become popular due to its easy handling and smart interiors. This is one of the best models to come from the German manufacturer. If you’re thinking of buying one, consider some additional security measures since 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 2021. The more popular a model of car, the more likely it is to be targeted by car thieves. 1587 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 individuals. The popularity of this car means it is desirable and therefore attractive to thieves.
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. The Range Rover Evoque is very popular with families and young professionals. This is an extremely desirable car for thieves to steal. Many of these 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 top spot! The Ford Fiesta is arguably one of the most popular cars on British soil due to its convenient size, comfortable drive, and relaxed interior. This means the model is more likely to be stolen.”