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BMW

BMW had a significant security problem with some of its models produced between 2007 and 2011, which made them fairly easy to steal for high-tech criminals armed with the right electronic gadgets. Our data shows a higher than average rate of thefts for quite a few BMW models. The problem has been rectified in new BMW models and those with at-risk vehicles can have a security update applied free of charge at their local dealership. This is the likely explanation as to why the X6 sees such a high crime rate.

It’s not all bad news for BMW, though – if you take all the types of crime across the board for all models the mean average comes out at slightly better than the average overall crime rate for all models – most BMWs have good alarm systems, which are enough to deter opportunists who want to take sat navs and other valuables. 

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See also: Top 10 Cars Stolen to order / Top 10 Most Stolen Cars

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Crimes involving BMW by type
Offence type Offences per 10,000
registered vehicles
Criminal Damage 54
Theft from 50
Theft of 38
Interfering with 3
Other 1
Total 145

16.0% better than the national average.

Crimes involving BMW by range
Range Criminal Damage Interfering with Other Theft from Theft of All offences
All figures are offences per 10,000 registered vehicles
8-Series 12 0 0 6 6 23
X1 13 1 1 15 11 38
Z4 28 2 0 14 6 49
Z3 30 1 1 17 5 52
X3 20 1 1 27 5 53
1-Series 25 1 1 29 13 69
5-Series 26 3 1 27 26 81
3-Series 39 2 1 31 20 92
6-Series 35 1 0 24 37 95
5-Series M5 23 5 3 21 54 103
7-Series 35 4 0 47 30 112
3-Series M3 29 7 1 30 67 135
X5 39 5 0 49 51 141
X6 37 29 4 35 183 277
 

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