A list published by stolen vehicle recovery company Tracker features three separate versions of the Range Rover among the top 10 cars in 2015
7 April 2016

The Range Rover Sport has topped the list of the most stolen cars in 2015, according to figures from stolen vehicle recovery firm Tracker.

No less than eight of the models came from German manufacturers while the most sought after and successfully stolen vehicle was the Range Rover Sport, making up one of three Range Rovers in the list, including the Vogue and top-end Autobiography edition.

Of the cars targeted, SUVs make up 50%, also taking up the top three slots. The rest include Audis, BMWs, and Mercedes in the form of four saloons and one estate. Prices of the listed cars range from £25,610 for the BMW 3-Series to £92,450 for the Range Rover Autobiography.

Tracker also released information regarding the 10 regions most blighted by vehicle theft. Unsurprisingly, Greater London is the destination where most cars are stolen and recovered. Surrounding areas Essex, Hertfordshire, and Surrey are also targeted areas. Further North, Merseyside, and Leicestershire are ninth and 10th respectively, finishing off the list.

Car theft techniques have moved on significantly in recent years; in many cases, force isn't required to break into cars anymore. The absence of a traditional key, due to the introduction of keyless entry on many vehicles, makes cars increasingly susceptible to hacking.

This method now accounts for a sizeable proportion of stolen vehicles; in 2014, the Association of Police Officers published data that showed keyless thefts accounted for 44% of Land Rovers stolen.

Top 10 stolen cars in 2015

Range Rover Sport (2013-)

BMW X5 (2013-)

Range Rover Vogue (2013-)

Mercedes-Benz C 220 d (2014-)

BMW 3 Series (2012-)

Mercedes-AMG C 63 (2015-)

BMW 5 Series (2010-)

Audi RS4 (2012-2015)

Range Rover Autobiography (2013-)

Audi Q7 (2015-)

Top 10 regions where cars are stolen and recovered in 2015

Greater London

Greater Manchester

West Midlands

Essex

Kent

Surrey

West Yorkshire

Hertfordshire

Merseyside

Lancashire/Leicestershire

 

Lee Stern

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7 April 2016
Does no one in Autocar analyse these press releases? How can Lancashire/Leicestershire possibly be treated as one region (might as well include all places starting with L)?! Also I'm sure these top regions account for 80%+ of the country by population so naturally would have most car theft. Why would you split Range Rover by Vogue/Autobiography models? Meaningless data.

 

 

 

7 April 2016
Does no one in Autocar analyse these press releases? How can Lancashire/Leicestershire possibly be treated as one region (might as well include all places starting with L)?! Also I'm sure these top regions account for 80%+ of the country by population so naturally would have most car theft. Why would you split Range Rover by Vogue/Autobiography models? Meaningless data.

 

 

 

7 April 2016
Does no one in Autocar analyse these press releases? How can Lancashire/Leicestershire possibly be treated as one region (might as well include all places starting with L)?! Also I'm sure these top regions account for 80%+ of the country by population so naturally would have most car theft. Why would you split Range Rover by Vogue/Autobiography models? Meaningless data.

 

 

 

7 April 2016
I only pressed save once!

 

 

 

7 April 2016
Did you read Trackers article?

It's equal tenth place for the two regions stated

289

7 April 2016
I really wish the Manufacturers would drop this nonsensical keyless entry.
It is unnecessarily complex when it goes wrong and makes the cars vulnerable. Its a gadget too far...again!
I mean, if anyone finds pressing a blipper to unlock the car, (or for that matter - turning a key in the ignition), too onerous, perhaps they should stay in bed?!

7 April 2016
289 wrote:

I really wish the Manufacturers would drop this nonsensical keyless entry.
It is unnecessarily complex when it goes wrong and makes the cars vulnerable. Its a gadget too far...again!
I mean, if anyone finds pressing a blipper to unlock the car, (or for that matter - turning a key in the ignition), too onerous, perhaps they should stay in bed?!

Absolutely agree here, keyless entry and ignition is pointless and serves no purpose other than to make life easier for thieves.

Citroëniste.

7 April 2016
Cannot believe the Golf R/GTI/GTD didn't make it onto this list, it's the go to machine for local scuffers. Or is this list just for vehicles fitted with a Tracker device?


7 April 2016
bomb wrote:

Cannot believe the Golf R/GTI/GTD didn't make it onto this list, it's the go to machine for local scuffers. Or is this list just for vehicles fitted with a Tracker device?

If you look at a vehicle types, they are all desirable in Africa, which is where most of the stolen vehicles on this list will head for / end up.

The one exception to that is the Audi RS4 which I understand is stripped for parts more than anything else and shipped to Poland and surrounding countries.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

7 April 2016
Apologies - I hadn't realised that the last 2 were equal ranking. But the article would be much better if showed what % of total car ownership is located in these regions versus % cars stolen (or % cars stolen per 1000 vehicles etc)

 

 

 

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