Number of cars stolen in UK
The United Kingdom’s most stolen and recovered cars have been revealed as new figures prove that selfish, mean spirited, crooks stole 30% more in 2016 than 2013, the RAC’s freedom of information request confirmed. During 2016 – in 40 of the nation’s 45 police force regions - 85,688 cars were stolen compared to 65,783 in 2013.
The Metropolitan Police region was most targeted by crooks that cannot be bothered to earn money legally. During 2016, 26,496 cars were stolen compared to 20,565 in 2013 (+29%). This Police Force region was followed by: West Midlands (5,930 stolen +43%), West Yorkshire (5,597 stolen +57%) then Greater Manchester (4,999 +29%).
Most stolen and recovered cars
In 2016, the models most frequently stolen and recovered all sported prestigious, fashionable, badges. The top 10 follows below.
10: BMW 5 Series
The BMW 5 Series is a medium size, executive class, saloon/estate. Its primary strengths include its mature image, comfortable ride and space age equipment specification. New prices start at £35,835.
9: Land Rover Defender
The Land Rover Defender is a long lived, fairly basic, medium size sports-utility vehicle that best suits rough terrain. It has a traditional feel – and cannot be ordered new – but remains popular.
8: Range Rover Vogue
The Range Rover Vogue is a large, prestigious, and supremely comfortable sports-utility vehicle. This trim excels on the tarmac and over extreme, off-road, terrain. New prices start from £79,595.
7: Range Rover Autobiography
The Range Rover Autobiography builds on the strengths of the Vogue trim. Luxury extras include massage seats - as standard – plus a choice of standard or long wheelbase. Purchase new from £98,595.
6: BMW 3 Series
The BMW 3 Series is a compact, executive class, saloon and estate. The confident handling, fashionable badge, sharp styling and low price are among its core strengths. New prices start from £26,790.
5: Mercedes-Benz E-Class
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a medium size, executive class, saloon/estate. Qualities include its effortlessly prestige, comfortable interior and grown up image. Furthermore, estate versions have am enormous boot capacity. Purchase new from £36,005.
4: Mercedes-Benz C-Class
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a compact, executive class, saloon/estate that impresses friends and colleagues. It lists sure-footed handling and a smooth ride among its virtues. All from £29,035.
3: BMW M3
The BMW M3 is the high performance, hard-core, version of the 3 Series. It stands out from its siblings thanks to its immense power, high speed and iconic status. New prices start from £58,580.
2: Range Rover Sport
The Range Rover Sport is a large sports-utility vehicle that – as is typical of the brand – excels off road. In addition, its sporty set-up ensures it is fun on twisty roads. Prices start at £61,315.
1: BMW X5
The BMW X5 is a large, sports-utility class, vehicle and the most stolen and recovered car of 2016. The fashionable image, muscular styling and luxurious cabin make it popular among legitimate motorists – and self centred crooks. New prices start from £48,140.
Bad news for motorists
The RAC’s Insurance Director Mark Godfrey explained: “We fear thieves are now becoming more and more well equipped with technology capable of defeating manufacturers’ anti-theft systems.”
“This is bad news for motorists”, he continued. “It has the effect of causing insurance premiums to rise at a time when they are already being pushed up by a variety of factors - not least the recent change to the discount rate for life, changing personal injury compensation claims and the rises in insurance premium tax.”