New figures have recently been published revealing statistics for the most commonly stolen and recovered vehicles in 2014. Topping the list for a sixth successive year is the BMW X5, although I doubt that’s a list that BMW would want to be at the top of. The source that have revealed these statistics, Tracker, also have said that £11 million worth of vehicles had been stolen and recovered last year alone. Whilst the average value of a stolen car went up by 8% from £23,600 to £25,600 from 2013 to 2014.
BMW are a common target amongst car thieves and fill up a worrying amount of the top 10 for each year, but 2014 saw an increase from the likes of Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar and Land Rover being recovered once stolen. The Range Rover Sport has jumped up 4 places from 7th in 2013 to 3rd last year, whereas the Mercedes C Class has gone from 3rd to 2nd.
“The 2014 figures illustrate that prestige models continue to catch the eye of thieves, but the average value of stolen cars we recovered was just £25,600, suggesting that older models of prestige cars could be just as attractive to criminals as newer models, ” “Interestingly, the number of vehicles that are being stolen without keys has steadily risen over the last few years, accounting for 43% in 2014. We believe this is down to the growth in car hacking where criminals target keyless vehicles by bypassing their security systems, using technology they’ve bought on the internet.” explains Andy Barrs, Head of Police Liaison.
This is a table of the most commonly stolen and recovered cars in 2013 and then in 2014, so take a look for yourself:
|Top 10 cars most frequently stolen and recovered||1) BMW X5||1) BMW X5|
|2) BMW M3||2) Mercedes C Class|
|3) Mercedes C Class||3) Range Rover Sport|
|4) Audi S4||4) Mercedes E Class|
|5) BMW M5||5) Land Rover Discovery|
|6) BMW 3 Series||6) BMW M3|
|7) Range Rover Sport||7) Range Rover Vogue|
|8) Range Rover Vogue, Audi S3 =||8) Audi RS4|
|9) Mercedes E Class, BMW 5 Series, Porsche 911 =||9) Mercedes Benz ML|
|10) Mercedes Benz C63|
You can find out what we thought of the BMW X5 HERE.