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BMW X5 continues to top car thief’s shopping list, says TRACKER

Figures from the stolen vehicle recovery expert for 2013 show that after the X5, the BMW M3 is the second most stolen and recovered vehicle, moving up from third the year before and sixth place in 2011. In 2012, the number two spot was occupied by the Land Rover Sport and Vogue, but in 2013, they sit in seventh and eighth place respectively. The Mercedes C Class makes its first appearance on the table, taking third place, whilst the Porsche 911 reappears in ninth for the first time since 2011.

BMWs dominate in 2013, with the 5 Series, X5, M3 and 3 Series all making the table. However, the Audi A4 has leaped from ninth position in 2011, up to fourth in 2013, showing even thieves have trends. This year, the Audi RS4 doesn’t appear at all, but the Audi S3 does, which takes equal eighth with the Range Rover Vogue.

‘It’s clear from our latest figures that thieves continue to target prestige models with the most expensive car recovered being worth £90,000,’ said Adrian Davenport, police liaison officer for TRACKER. ‘The average value of the cars we recovered in 2013 was just £23,600, down on the average for the year before. This proves that you don’t have to be a luxury car owner to be at risk from thieves looking to make a quick profit.’

He added: ‘The best way to increase the likelihood of your vehicle being recovered, if it is stolen, is to invest in a tracking unit. Using our award-winning technology, our trackers emit a signal, which leads police to the stolen vehicle and reuniting owners with their cars.’

TRACKER’s Top Ten Most Stolen and Recovered

 

2011

2012

2013

Top ten cars by make and model most frequently stolen and recovered

1.    BMW X5

2.    BMW 1 series

3.    BMW 3 series

4.    Audi  RS Series

5.    Volkswagen Golf

6.    BMW M3

7.    Land Rover Range Rover

8.    Mercedes C Class

9.    Audi A4

Porsche 911

1. BMW X5

2. Land Rover – Vogue/Sport

3. BMW M3

4. BMW 3 Series / Audi RS4 =

5. Mercedes SLK

6. Mercedes ML

7. BMW M5/X6 =

8. Mercedes CLS/E Class =

1. BMW X5

2. BMW M3

3. Mercedes C Class

4. Audi S4

5. BMW M5

6. BMW 3 Series

7. Range Rover Sport

8. Range Rover Vogue, Audi S3 =

9. Mercedes E Class, BMW 5 Series, Porsche 911 =

 

 

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.