As many people will be aware, UK car theft is rising steadily each year. It is estimated that more than 900 cars are stolen every week! The popular vehicle makes within these statistics include the likes of Range Rovers and Ford Fiestas which make up a large percentage of the cars driven on UK roads. With the increasing number of vehicles being stolen in the UK, vehicle tracking devices are often recommended by insurance companies and the police themselves. Offering a level of protection which would help to increase the chances of a stolen car being retrieved and returned to the rightful owner.
According to DVLA data, the trusty Vauxhall Astra is one of the most stolen vehicles in the UK. An estimated 1,096 of these vehicles are stolen each year in the United Kingdom. It may not be so surprising since this car has been a popular model since its release. Not necessarily a luxurious car but one which is reliable and affordable for many different types of people.
BMW 5 Series
Buying and owning a BMW is practically a dream for some people. A favourite amongst petrol heads and those looking for a more luxurious car, the BMW 5 Series has become a significantly popular model within the UK. Meaning, unfortunately, it is also one of the most stolen cars in the UK too. It is estimated around 678 were stolen in 2021. BMWs tend to be a hot target for car thieves looking to resell and sometimes even ship abroad to clients looking to buy these popular models.
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is an absolute classic, offering a smooth ride and generous-sized car. The luxury of the Mercedes brand means, as much as many people would love to own one, they are also regularly stolen by thieves. Looking to make some quick money or to sell the car for parts, around 818 of these were stolen in 2021.
BMW 3 Series
As such a popular make of car, it is not surprising that another BMW has made our list. The BMW 3 Series has become popular due to its easy handling and smart interiors. Many believe this is one of the best models to come from the German manufacturer. With around 1435 of these stolen in the last year in the UK, if you are thinking of buying one, considering some additional security measures would be useful.
The fourth best-selling car model in the UK in 2021, it is not unusual to find the Ford Focus on this list. The more popular a model of car, the more likely it is to be targeted by car thieves. The DVLA recorded there were around 1587 of these models stolen in the UK last year.
The Volkswagen Golf is synonymous with young drivers, popular for its versatility, comfort, and power it can provide. A handy hatchback, the VW Golf is equally as popular with families, making it one of the most popular cars on our roads. Like many of the other cars mentioned in our list, the popularity of this car means it is desirable and therefore attractive to those thieves.
One of the most stolen cars in the UK is the Range Rover. Due to its status symbol, this car has grown increasingly popular over recent years, as more and more people consider this their ‘dream car’. The Range Rover Evoque in particular is a hugely popular model with families and young professionals alike. Making this an extremely desirable car for thieves as they look to steal to sell. Incredibly, many of these stolen Range Rovers actually go on to be shipped abroad!
Coming first in this list is not exactly a good thing, but with 3392 stolen Ford Fiestas in the last year, this classic model takes top place! Due to its convenient size, comfortable drive, and relaxed interior, the Ford Fiesta is arguably one of the most popular cars on British soil for decades. This means this model is much more likely to be stolen.