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Data Reveals Most Stolen and Recovered Vehicle

Author: Sam Allibone


Data gathered by TRACKER has revealed the Top 10 vehicles that were stolen and recovered in 2018.

Most Stolen and Recovered Vehicles

In 2017, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class ranked number one for the Most Stolen and Recovered vehicle in the UK. The car, which comes as a cabriolet, coupé, estate and saloon, starts from just over £30,000 and is a popular choice for thieves.

However, the BMW X5 has stolen the top spot for 2018 - up one place from 2017, in which it sat behind the C-Class. TRACKER – a stolen vehicle recovery provider – has found that in 2018 the Most Stolen and Recovered vehicle was the £58,000 SUV. Other BMWs in the list include the 3 Series in third place, and the 5 Series in fifth.

Data also revealed that the least expensive vehicle to be recovered in 2018 was a Toyota Landcruiser with a value of around £1,000, and the most expensive was an eye-watering £120,000 Rolls Royce Ghost. In total, the value of all recovered vehicles hit a staggering £12,428,840 from 748 recoveries. That makes an average of £16,616 per vehicle recovered.

Clive Wain, Head of Police Liaison at TRACKER, explains, “Organised criminal gangs make a living out of stealing to order or taking what they know will sell quickly, and it’s a thriving, albeit illegal, profession. What’s more, these people have highly sophisticated skills, continually adapting their techniques to counter technology introduced by manufacturers to safeguard vehicles.

“Although premium models dominate the top 10, the opportunist thief will take any vehicle they can gain access to, so it’s vital that owners think about their vehicle security measures to make it harder for criminals.

“Thanks to our long-standing working relationship with all UK police forces, over 78 suspected thieves were arrested in connection with the vehicles we recovered. Not only that, but an additional 79 stolen vehicles were found alongside those vehicles recovered that were fitted with a TRACKER unit.”

Top Models Stolen & Recovered in 2018

1. BMW X5
2. Mercedes-Benz C-Class
3. BMW 3 Series
4. Mercedes-Benz E-Class
5. BMW 5 Series
6. Land Rover Range Rover Vogue
7. Land Rover Discovery
8. Land Rover Range Rover Sport
9. Mercedes-Benz S Class
10. Mercedes-Benz GLE

Top Models Stolen & Recovered in 2017

1. Mercedes-Benz C-Class
2. BMW X5
3. Land Rover Range Rover Sport
4. Mercedes-Benz E-Class
5. BMW 3 Series
6. Land Rover Discovery
7. Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography
8. BMW M3
9. Volkswagen Golf
10. Audi RS4


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