It’s not a top spot that you would really want your car to be occupying, so it’s more commiserations rather than congratulations to BMW whose cars occupy 4 of the top six places in the shopping list for UK car thieves – with the BMW X5 getting the top spot for the 5TH YEAR RUNNING.
Figures released by the leading stolen vehicle recovery (SVR) company, TRACKER, show that the BMW X5 was the car most frequently stolen and recovered in 2013, with the BMW M3 in second place having been 3rd in 2012.
In fact, BMW dominate the table with the M5 and 3 Series coming in 5th and 6th respectively – and the 5 series in joint 9th place with the Porsche 911 and the Mercedes E Class; although it’s not a good year for Mercedes either with the Mercedes C Class making a first ever appearance in the table of trouble in a worryingly high 3rd place.
Last year, the Land Rover Sport and Vogue both sat in 2nd place, but either security has got better or car thieves have got bored with them because they have slipped down the table to 7th and 8th respectively, the latter on a par with the Range Rover Evoque and the Audi S3.
(When it comes to Audi it is a bit of a shock not to see the Audi RS4 on the list considering its ‘lustabilty’ to car thieves in 2012, but the Audi A4 has jumped up to 4th from a position of 9th in 2011 and non-charting in 2012.)
Adrian Davenport, Police Liaison Officer for TRACKER, has an opinion on the cars and their attraction to car thieves: “It’s clear from our latest figures that thieves continue to target prestige models with the most expensive car recovered being worth £90,000. 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.”
This table relates to cars stolen AND RECOVERED, mainly thanks to the TRACKER system being installed on the cars, with TRACKER claiming that their system, which is the only vehicle tracking system operated by all police forces in the UK, recovered nearly £8,500,000 worth of stolen vehicles and returned them to their owners.
With the average value of cars stolen in 2013 being £23,600, savvy owners invest in a TRACKER unit to increase the chances of their BMW or any other vehicle being recovered.
As Adrian Davenport says:“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.”