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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BMW 3 Series

The BMW 3 Series outsells the Ford Mondeo, which tells you just how much we like this car in the UK. This is just as true on the secondhand market, where the BMW’s keen drive and prestige image create an eager band of buyers. Thieves are more than willing to prey on this group with stolen 3 Series ‘ringed’ to appear as a completely honest car.Many of these cars will be advertised at temptingly affordable prices so buyers are less likely to question the car’s provenance.

High performance and convertible versions of the 3 Series are targeted just as readily by thieves and many of these models will be shipped abroad and out of reach. The only saving grace here is the BMW M3 is one of the most recovered cars as many owners fit tracking devices to their pride and joy.

Read more about the BMW 3 Series here.

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