10 worst areas for car theft in the UK

Thursday, April 13, 2017



Research shows the worst places a person can leave their car in the UK. 


London appears to be the focal point for vehicle theft in 2016, a crown that it has kept for the last five years. 


Even though the capital remains a constant risk for car owners, more worryingly 2016 saw an increase in the amount of risk zones appear. 


The results published by Tracker, the UK’s lead produce of vehicle location technology,  showed that Essex was the second riskiest place for car owners, followed by the West Midlands. 


Greater Manchester went from 2nd in 2015 to 7th in 2016 suggesting that they have made steady improvements. 


Trackers's top ten region for car theft in 2016:-


1. London & Greater London

2. Essex

3. West Midlands 

4. West Yorkshire/ Kent  (tie) 

5. West Yorkshire/ Kent (tie) 

6. Surrey

7. Greater Manchester

8. Merseyside

9. South Yorkshire

10. Lancashire


Tracker also went on to show that car thieves were most likely to attack luxury 4x4 models. 


BMW X5 was the most reported stolen vehicle in Britain; this is the 8th time in 9 years the model has been number 1. 


In a close second was the Range Rover Sport, which was 2015’s most stolen car. 


Tacker’s top ten most stolen cars in 2016


1. BMW X5

2. Range Rover Sport

3. BMW M3

4. Mercedes-Benz C Class

5. Mercedes – Benz E Class

6. BMW 3 series 

7. Range Rover Autobiography

8. Range Rover Vogue

9. Land Rover Defender 

10. BMW 5 series 

It appears that the thieves go after the most luxury cars with the higher price tags. 


Andy Barr from Tracker, said: “The average value of vehicles stolen and recovered dropped of £16,436, down from over £19,000 in 2015. 


“Thieves also target more affordable, yet popular brands, such as Ford, Vauxhall and VW models which are stolen in even greater numbers.” 


Tracker claims that their technology assisted in over £11.5million worth of stolen vehicles being recovered and returned to their rightful owners in 2016. 


Billy Mahoney, marketing manager of the Driving Instructors Association, said: “We all know the risk we are taking when we leave our cars in certain areas. If you are travelling to unfamiliar cities then it is always worth paying more to stay in safe car parks for the piece of mind. 


“Make sure you double check your doors are closed before walking away from the vehicle.” 


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