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Top 10 regions for stolen and recovered cars revealed

Tracker has revealed the top 10 regions where cars were most stolen and recovered, with London continuing to top the list.

Keyless theft

92% of the cars Tracker recovered last year were taken without using the key

The data for 2019 shows the capital was closed followed by Essex, which jumped back up to the number two hot spot, as Essex police constantly discover new ‘chop-shops’ where stolen vehicles are stripped down and expensive parts sold on.

Other hot spot regions identified by Tracker include Kent, Surrey and Hertfordshire in the south east of England, where BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Land Rover were favoured in equal measure by thieves.

West and South Yorkshire, Manchester and Merseyside represent the north of England’s criminal hotspots; Merseyside reappears in the league table having dropped out in 2018. The Range Rover Vogue is the most favoured car in Manchester, compared to the BMW X5 being the most stolen and recovered vehicle in neighbouring West Yorkshire.

There has also been an upward trend in keyless car thefts.  A massive 92% of the cars Tracker recovered last year were taken without using the keys. This represents a worrying increase of 26% compared with four years ago when the figure stood at 66%.

“To help prevent car owners falling victim to keyless car theft, traditional visual deterrents, such as crook locks and wheel clamps can help deter thieves and are a good investment to make.  However, those motorists that have invested in SVR technology are very clearly benefiting from the protection,” said Clive Wain, head of police liaison at Tracker.

Tracker Top 10 Regions of stolen and recovered vehicles in 2019
1. London
2. Essex
3. West Midlands
4. Manchester
5. West Yorkshire
6. South Yorkshire
7. Herefordshire
8. Surrey
9. Kent
10. Merseyside


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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 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.