Top 10 Most Stolen and Recovered Cars
Discover if your car was among the most stolen and recovered of 2017
Prestigious brands most targeted
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class was the most stolen then recovered vehicle of 2017 in The United Kingdom. TRACKER – a company that produces systems that enable stolen vehicles to be traced – confirmed that this compact, executive class, saloon and estate leapt from fourth position the previous year to claim its top spot.
The top 10 stolen and recovered cars were predominantly from premium brands. BMW and Land Rover had 3 entries each, for starters. Mercedes-Benz had 2. Volkswagen was the only non-prestigious brand but only had a single entry. The table below reveals the full results (plus the previous year’s for comparison).
|Position|| Most Stolen And Recovered Vehicles Of 2017||Most Stolen And Recovered Vehicles Of 2016|
|1|| Mercedes-Benz C-Class||BMW X5|
|2|| BMW X5||Range Rover Sport|
|3|| Range Rover Sport||BMW M3|
|4|| Mercedes-Benz E-Class||Mercedes C Class|
|5|| BMW 3 Series||Mercedes E Class|
|6|| Land Rover Discovery|| BMW 3 Series|
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|8|| BMW M3||Range Rover Vogue|
|9|| Volkswagen Golf||Land Rover Defender|
|10|| Audi RS4|| BMW 5 Series|
The results confirm that sports-utility and executive saloons/estates were the most recovered types of car throughout 2017. It is possible to theorise why. If the majority of these high-tech machines were modern – as is probable – they likely had:
- High resale and part values that appealed to thieves
- Owners that could afford to fit a tracker
- Key-less entry that made them easy to steal
Most expensive and cheapest stolen cars
TRACKER claimed the number of vehicles stolen and recovered increased 5%, in 2017. The total value exceeded £12.5 million. A Rolls-Royce Phantom was the most expensive and a Vauxhall Signum was the cheapest. Their values were £120,000 and £1,500 respectively. The average value of a recovered vehicle was £16,977.
How vehicles were stolen
Many vehicles were stolen via a relay attack. But how? Imagine a car is parked on its owner’s driveway. It is locked and the key fob is within the house. However, the vehicle has a key-less entry system that enables the owner to unlock it without pressing a button on the fob. The fob simply has to be within close proximity.
The vehicle also has an engine start/stop button. If, therefore, the key is nearby it starts via the press of a button. There is no need to insert a traditional ignition key. The criminal, therefore:
- Holds a device close to the house that receives a signal from the legitimate key
- The device transfers the captured signal to a second device that an accomplice holds close to the vehicle
- The vehicle concludes its legitimate key fob is in close proximity, so unlocks and permits its engine to start.