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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Ford Focus

The Ford Focus is another firm favourite with UK buyers, which makes it destined to be a hit with thieves as well. Despite Ford doing its best to make its cars difficult to steal, most criminals now simply steal the keys and drive off without having to damage the car in any way.

Due to the Focus being such a big seller, there is a ready market for replacement parts on the secondhand market, especially over the internet. This makes it easy for thieves to sell on dismantled Focus models to innocent buyers. High performance versions of the Focus, such as the RS, are also prized by thieves who will either break them for parts or ship the car abroad to be sold complete to an unknowing customer.

Read our review of the Ford Focus.


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