The UK's least vandalised cars include everyday models such as Fords, Vauxhalls, and Citroens.
The UK's least vandalised cars include everyday models such as Fords, Vauxhalls, and Citroens - according to Swiftcover.com's Vehicle Vandalism Index. By contrast, prestigious marques such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi are more likely to be targeted. This data is based on roughly two-thousand malicious damage insurance claims. Motorists can minimise the risk of being victimised by parking in prominent places, hiding valuables, and installing security systems such as alarms and immobilisers. Simple, cheap, and effective.Theft is another major concern for crime conscious motorists. Valuable vehicles can be stolen 'to order' then sold to pre-agreed customers. These machines tend to have high-end security features, so criminals sometimes steal the keys – then the car. Best secure the house too then. By contrast, older cars might be targeted as they are easy to steal. Many vehicles – whatever their values – are taken opportunistically. After all, some drivers leave their engines running then briefly jump out to, say, post letters. Crooks can then pounce. According to Tracker, a provider of vehicle tracing services, most of the top ten cars likely to be stolen and recovered in the UK are prestigious. These include the BMW X5 in first position, followed by the Range Rover and BMW M3 in second and third respectively. In fact, nine of the top ten cars are expensive – the exception being the family-focussed Volkswagen Golf. Interestingly, the highest value vehicle recovered in 2010 was a £130,000 Bentley GTC. The lowest a £1,000 Ford Sierra. At least they were returned.