Range Rover models were the most stolen vehicles in 2020, taking the top three spots.
Most of the thefts went to Range Rover Sport, followed by Vogue and Autobiography.
Stolen vehicle recovery firm Tracker has released its most stolen and recovered vehicle data for the past year, which shows the Land Rover Discovery, Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Defender also made the top 10.
The Range Rover Sport retained its place as the most stolen and recovered vehicle as of 2019, while the BMW X5 and 3 Series models also made the top 5 in 2020.
Clive Wain, Police Director of Tracker, said, “Range Rover and other Land Rover models have consistently featured in our top ten most stolen and salvaged rankings for the past 10 years, as has the BMW X5, which was launched on Nov. Slipped to 2nd place, 4th place in 2020.
“Most premium 4 × 4 cars, however, are a hot target. Car thieves steal to order, often ship them overseas or remove them for parts in a chop shop to meet the growing demand for spare parts. “
Tracker’s analysis of how vehicles are stolen shows that keyless theft has hit an all-time high of 93 percent of all vehicles recovered. This corresponds to an increase of 26 percent in five years.
Thieves use devices that can amplify the signal from a key fob to trick the car into thinking it is next to the car, thereby unlocking it. Motorists can avoid this by keeping their keys in the back of the house away from their parked vehicle, or by buying a Faraday cage to hold the key which blocks the signal when not in use.
Wain added, “Keyless car theft has increased dramatically in recent years. It’s quick and easy for professional criminals who have the tools and the experience.
“Cars are usually picked up from outside the home of the owners, often discreetly and within minutes, which means the theft often goes unnoticed for some time.
“We encourage drivers to use traditional visual deterrents like crook locks and wheel clamps to deter criminals and protect their cars. In the event of theft, however, stolen vehicle tracking technology helps the police a lot in closing the network of thieves quickly and returning the vehicle to its rightful owner. “
- 1 Tracker top 10 most stolen and recovered vehicles in 2020
Tracker top 10 most stolen and recovered vehicles in 2020
Range Rover Sport
Range Rover Vogue
Range Rover autobiography
Land Rover Discovery / BMW 3 Series
Range Rover Evoque
Mercedes-Benz C-Class AMG
BMW M3 / Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Land Rover Defender / Mercedes-Benz E-Class / BMW 6 Series