Is you car more likely to be stolen than other models?
If you own any of these 10 motors the chances are it will be more appealing to thieves than cars, if last year’s records are anything to go by.
The Driver and Vehicle Licencing Agency has revealed the vehicles most commonly reported to them as stolen last year, as it states that 56,288 cars were targeted by thieves in 2019.
The big question is: is your car on this list?
Most nicked motors revealed: The DVLA said some 56,288 cars were reported to the agency as stolen last year – and these are the models that were targeted most frequently
The stats show that one vehicle was stolen from UK owners every nine minutes, or 154 per day.
Somewhat unsurprisingly, the Ford Fiesta is the car that was most commonly reported as stolen last year, with 2,384 cases reported to the DVLA.
Car models most commonly reported stolen to the DVLA in 2019
1. Ford Fiesta – 2,384
2. Land Rover Range Rover – 1,917
3. Volkswagen Golf – 1,331
4. Ford Focus – 1,200
5. BMW 3 Series – 1,042
6. Vauxhall Astra – 836
7. Land Rover Discovery – 791
8. Mercedes-Benz E Class – 612
9. BMW 5 Series – 506
10. Audi A3 – 456
Source: DVLA records for 2019 revealed following an FOI request from Rivervale Leasing
Given that it is the best selling model in the UK – and has been every year for more than a decade – its appearance at the top of the list comes as no real shock.
However, the next most commonly pinched motor is a clear reflection of the increase in thieves targeted high-value premium cars with keyless technology.
The Range Rover was the second most stolen model in 2019, according to the DVLA’s figures that it revealed to Rivervale Leasing following a freedom of information request earlier.
Some 1,917 of the British-made luxury SUVs were taken from their rightful owners last year.
In third spot was the Volkswagen Golf (1,331 cases), followed by the Ford Focus (1,200 reported thefts) and BMW 3 Series (1,042 pinched) – all of which are fairly popular mainstream models.
Other high-value cars to make it into the top 10 were the Land Rover Discovery, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5 Series, all of which have keyless technology that could be targeted by criminals with expertise and technology to carry out relay thefts.
Some 2,384 Ford Fiestas were reported stolen to the DVLA last year. This doesn’t come as much of a surprise as it is the most popular car in the UK – and has been for 11 years running
While the mainstream Ford Fiesta was the models reported most often as stolen in 2019, the second most frequently pinched vehicle is the pricey Range Rover SUV
The Volkswagen Golf was the third most reported-stolen car of last year, with 1,331 cases