Top ten: Most stolen cars
Vehicle crime may be in decline in the UK, but there are still around 100,000 cars stolen every year. Increasingly sophisticated security systems make it all but impossible for thieves to take a car by brute force, so the theft of keys is the most common way to steal a car now. Sadly, only around half of all the cars stolen in the UK are ever recovered.
Many stolen cars are worth more in parts than as a whole, so be careful when buying spares over the internet. Cars that are stolen and then sold on complete are usually advertised at lower than average prices because thieves will make massive profits no matter how much they sell the car for, so beware any car with a price that seems too good to be true.
The most stolen vehicle on Britain’s roads is not a car, but the Ford Transit van due to the huge industry in supplying cheap replacement parts to unsuspecting, genuine owners. However, we’ll concentrate on passenger cars here, so this is the list of the top 10 cars pinched in the UK and why.
Ford’s Fiesta is the number one seller in the new car stakes in the UK, so it is a victim of its own success when it comes to car theft. With so many Fiestas on the road, there is a huge industry in supplying replacement and secondhand car parts to individuals and garages at very attractive prices.
Despite Ford being a leader in vehicle security, the Fiesta’s large following among drivers on a budget means it will remain a target for thieves. It is also top choice for so-called joy riders who like its nimble handling just as much as the car’s owner.
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