A new study has revealed the top 10 most stolen vehicles, which sees the BMW X5 at the top of the list for the sixth year in a row.
BMW vehicles have been the most common in the top ten most stolen cars list for the past three years but the latest research sees more Mercedes and Land Rover models being stolen.
The BMW M3 has dropped from second place to sixth place while the Mercedes C Class moved up to number two on the list. The Range Rover Sport climbed a huge four places and there was a brand new entry with the Land Rover Discovery. This shows that the theft of 4x4s is a growing concern, and they are possibly in big demand for organised crime gangs.
This research has been done by vehicle recovery service Tracker, which also shows that the number of vehicles stolen that have a keyless system are higher than ever. This means that car thieves are becoming more skilled at what they are doing and are somehow overriding vehicle security systems.
Tracker have also revealed that last year they recovered over £11 million worth of stolen vehicles, which were then returned to the owners. They added that the average value of stolen cars which were subsequently recovered was £25,600 in 2014, which was a 9% increase on 2013’s £23,600.
Andy Barrs, head of police liaison at Tracker, said: “The 2014 figures illustrate that prestige models continue to catch the eye of thieves, but the average value of stolen cars we recovered was just £25,600, suggesting that older models of prestige cars could be just as attractive to criminals as newer models.
“Interestingly, the number of vehicles that are being stolen without keys has steadily risen over the last few years, accounting for 43% in 2014.
“We believe this is down to the growth in car hacking where criminals target keyless vehicles by bypassing their security systems, using technology they’ve bought on the internet.
“Indeed, experts have warned that as keyless security systems become commonplace in cars, the skills to bypass these will be widely practised by most criminals and in turn, lower value keyless vehicles will be equally at risk. We recommend that car owners invest in an added layer of security.”
The full list for the top ten cars to be stolen is as follows:
- BMW X5
- BMW M3
- Mercedes C Class
- Audi S4
- BMW M5
- BMW 3 Series
- Range Rover Sport
- Range Rover Vogue
- Audi S3
- Mercedes E Class