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.

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Volkswagen Golf

It’s hard to think of anyone who doesn’t like the Volkswagen Golf. After all, here is the archetypal do-it-all hatchback, with everything from low-cost diesels to the highly desirable GTI models.

Thieves are equally keen on the Golf for the same reasons and will take your car to break for parts or change its identity to sell on because there are always plenty of used car buyers looking for a bargain Golf. High performance versions of the Golf are just as likely to end up in a shipping container and head abroad.

Read our review of the latest Golf by clicking here.

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