The most stolen cars in the UK and how to protect yourself
The most stolen car models in the UK
It doesn't matter what kind of car you own. Thieves target any model that is easy to steal, so every car owner must be cautious. However, it might be interesting to know that these are currently the most stolen cars in the UK:
- BMW X5
- Mercedes Benz C-Class
- BMW 3 Series
- Mercedes Benz E-Class
- BMW 5 Series
- Range Rover Vogue
- Land Rover Discovery
- Range Rover Sport
- Mercedes S-Class
- Mercedes GLE
Our HANDYBUG-GUIDE recommends:
10 tips on how to protect your car from thieves
1. Never forget to lock your car
While it seems obvious, cars are often stolen from the hands of forgotten owners. It is also advisable to lock the car when paying for fuel or when driving, as this is the main opportunity to hit the criminals.
2. Invest in a steering wheel lock
Although they may not be daunting to the most determined thieves, most criminals are looking for quick and easy jobs, so having one (and using it!) Can be quite effective
3. Mount wheel locking nuts
Lock wheel nuts are economical and easy to install deterrents that prevent alloy theft. Yes, you can easily buy removal tools online, but having them installed can help deter opportunistic theft.
4. Installation of a bug-free alarm system, immobilizer or tracking device
If you do not already have a factory alarm, an after-sales alarm can help to deter thieves and may even reduce the insurance premium (check with them before buying to see which models (if any) qualify for a discount). Be careful, though. It has recently been revealed by the BBC that car alarm marks Viper, Clifford and Pandora have serious bugs in their mobile apps that allow thieves to turn off car alarms, unlock vehicle doors and start the engine. Three million vehicles have these car alarms and could be at risk.
An immobilizer, which is factory-fitted to most new cars, will stop the car from starting unless its key is used, which should prevent the car from being wired.
Although expensive, a tracker will allow you to find where your car is if it is taken for a ride. There are two types, a VHF or GPS system each with its own advantages and disadvantages.
5. Keep track of your keys
Always keep them out of sight and out of reach. Above all, do not leave them near the front door or in the corridor because thieves can easily access them through the mailbox with a coat hanger, a piece of wire and a magnet.
6. Never leave valuables on display
Some scammers will simply break phones, tablets, satellite navigators, laptops, important documentation, etc. Instead, store them in the glove compartment or boot so you don't tempt an opportunistic thief.
7. Landing the barriers
If you have a drive or garage, using it is generally safer than parking on the road. The installation of a bollard in the driveway acts as an additional barrier that an aspiring thief should break through.
If you are away from home, parking with a ticket barrier can be a good option, but wherever it is busy, well lit and monitored by CCTV it is the best solution.
8. Faraday keep your keys safe
Warning if your car has keyless access. Thieves can use certain equipment to increase the signal of your key to access your vehicle. Keeping the key as far as possible from your car can be effective, but put the keys in a metal box (or your microwave oven!) To divert the signal is the most effective technique. You can also buy key bags designed specifically for the purpose.
9. Engrave windows
If your car is stolen, engraved windows make it harder for criminals to sell your car. Engraving the vehicle identification number or registering in windows, headlights and mirrors will make the change in the identity of your car a big job that scammers would rather not do.
10. Do not leave the logbook or service documents in the car
This could make selling your car easier. Also, make sure that no documents in the car contain your name or address details otherwise you may find that your home becomes the next target or risks identifying you as stealing.