posted 5 years ago

Top Ten Stolen And Recovered Vehicles Of 2014

BMW X5 Most Stolen And Recovered Vehicle Of 2014

The BMW X5 is the most stolen and recovered vehicle of 2014 and the previous 5 years, vehicle recovery expert TRACKER has claimed. The remainder of last year's top ten includes the Mercedes-Benz C-Class (2nd), Range Rover Sport (3rd), Mercedes-Benz E-Class (4th), Land Rover Discovery (5th), BMW M3 (6th), Range Rover Vogue (7th), Audi RS4 (8th), Mercedes-Benz ML (9th) and the Mercedes-Benz C63 (10th). 

Most Targeted Vehicles Sport A Prestigious Badge

The top ten exclusively incorporates prestigious vehicles – some of which were most likely stolen to order by gangs - rather than everyday models. The probable explanation is that prestigious cars were more likely targeted because of their advanced capabilities, then more likely recovered as their owners could afford a tracker.

TRACKER Head of Police Liaison, Andy Barrs, explained: “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”. This, he argued, suggests “older models of prestige cars could be just as attractive to criminals as newer models.”

Rise In Number Of Vehicles Stolen Without A Key

In recent times, more and more criminals have learned to steal vehicles without a legitimate key. There are various techniques – none of which we can mention here - but the necessary equipment is readily available and costs very little. Minimal skill is required. 

Mr Barrs added: “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.”

He added: “Experts, such as Thatcham Research, 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.”

How TRACKER Helps Recover Stolen Vehicles

TRACKER installs a device in the vehicle that enables it to be traced. The company claims it can be installed in “one of several dozen places” and – as there is no visible aerial - “the thief won’t even know it’s there” until the authorities come knocking.

TRACKER has, so far, recovered 22,938 vehicles with a combined value of £490 million. The number of arrests now totals 2,429. 

Top ten cars by make and model most frequently stolen and recovered
1. BMW X5
2. Mercedes C Class
3. Range Rover Sport
4. Mercedes Benz E Class
5. Land Rover Discovery
6. BMW M3
7. Range Rover Vogue
8. Audi RS4
9. Mercedes Benz ML
10. Mercedes Benz C63