With cold weather arriving along with snow and ice, the number of cars stolen as they sit outside houses and on drives with engines running to defrost windscreens will increase no doubt. And it’s not just opportunist thieves that take advantage of this.
Gangs drive around areas that are likely to (or have been researched to) have what they are looking for or have been requested, and this is also the case throughout the rest of the year.
This is not to say that all car theft is planned. Sometimes a theft from the smashed window of a car that can be as simple as cigarettes on the dashboard can lead to actual car theft, but it also points out the importance of securing your belongings within the car itself.
According to an analysis of more than 2,300 theft claims by online car insurance provider swiftcover.com it is the Land Rover Defender.
It’s just one of many statistics that the analysis revealed, including the fact that luxury cars such as Land Rovers, Audis and BMWs are in the Top Ten, despite often having sophisticated security systems, with the top three being the Land Rover Defender, BMW 7 Series and Audi A5, Incredibly, one the most popular cars on the road – the Ford Focus - came in 46th and the Volkswagen Golf 24th.
This targeting of luxury cars means that the average OTR price among the top ten most stolen cars is a staggering £37,815*.
Robin Reames, chief claims officer at insurance provider swiftcover.com, said: “Given that luxury vehicles are usually alarmed, well protected and parked in affluent – and ostensibly secure – neighbourhoods, it’s surprising that they’re still so likely to be targeted. This index should give drivers pause for thought: no car is immune from theft, and the best security system in the world won’t protect a car if, as is often the case, the keys are stolen.”
“Often, luxury cars which are stolen are immediately sent abroad where they can be resold or stripped for parts. Cars which are popular internationally – such as the Land Rover range - are easier to sell on, which makes them much more desirable from a thief’s point of view.”
That Top Ten, according Swiftcover:
Reames continued: “Our own, separate analysis has shown a slight drop in car thefts from London – traditionally a theft hotspot – this year, although we’ve also found that theft numbers from the West Midlands and Yorkshire have risen sharply. We hope that the index compels drivers to ensure that their cars and keys are kept secure.”
It should be pointed out that this is the result of just swiftcover’s figures. According to Gap insurance the Top Ten is:
1.BMW X5 SUV
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