Every year we are bombarded by lists that describe the most stolen cars in the UK. We rarely think about what are the least stolen, let alone why they are the least popular among thieves. Inquiring minds nonetheless wanted to know and the insurance website Confused.com assessed the data and provided us with rather interesting results.
It turns out that the Ford Ka is considered the least popular among thieves; as an ex-bugler noted, they have no “street cred.” The data compiled between 2004 and 2011 of all Ford Ka’s apparently shows that they are all doing extraordinarily well. This especially so when it is compared to the Toyota Yaris, which is the most stolen car, followed by the Volkswagen Touareg, both so popular that 1 nearly every 250 is stolen.
The Chevrolet Matiz is also high up on the least stolen car list, followed closely by the Suzuki Ignis as well as Hyundai i10 Comfort, each nearing the 1 in 5,000 stolen ratio. Each of these cars, as Michael Fraser notes, are surprisingly cheap and have relatively no power. They have potentially nothing to offer a thief or joy rider. Even aesthetically they pale in comparison to something like a BMW 3 series or Mercedes C class.
As Mr Fraser noted, cars are most likely broken into if there is something valuable available within them or are themselves worth quite a bit. Satellite navigation systems or trucks carrying expensive tools seem to be favourites of most car thieves. Unless you take certain precautions and make sure you hide your belongings, your car may be targeted.
The specialist also noted certain reliable tips that any driver can easily take advantage of if they wish to keep their car safe. The first is that one should park ones wheels directed to the kerb. Secondly, keep your vehicle tidy as untidy spaces suggests that you left in a rush, leaving something behind. Thirdly, if you have tacky things inside of it, like flowers or have child toys, the thief is likely to be deterred. Lastly, don’t forget to close windows and doors properly, this seems axiomatic but most people completely forget this.
While those that drive a Ka should not worry, the rest of us certainly should. Car thieves seem to pray on anyone that shows subtle signs of weakness, so masking them should be a priority. Both interesting and quite applicable to our lives, we can thank Mr Fraser as well as Confused.com for providing us with some interesting thoughts.