Britain’s Most Wanted Cars… By Thieves

Tue 4th Sep 2018

Whilst most of us save our pounds and pennies to get the best cars on the market, there are some who believe they can just take what’s not theirs.

While car theft is no new thing, recent figures suggest that it’s a problem which is on the rise and it is no surprise to find that car thieves have very expensive tastes.

Car theft saw a 5 per cent year-on-year rise in 2017 according to vehicle recovery firm, Tracker. The company has released a list of the top ten most stolen cars in 2017, and though there has been a 30 per cent increase in the number of recovered stolen vehicles since 2014, thieves are taking more and more sophisticated measures to steal cars. Tracker’s research reveals that 80% of all vehicles stolen and recovered by the company in 2017 were stolen without using the owner’s keys.

Research shows that 30 per cent of vehicles stolen in 2017 were worth less than £5,000, up 3 per cent on 2016, though the average value of stolen vehicles was £16,977. The most expensive vehicle recovered was a Rolls Royce Phantom worth 120k.


Those high-end thefts are reflected in the list of most stolen cars.

  1. Mercedes-Benz C-class

  2. BMW X5

  3. Range Rover Sport

  4. Mercedes-Benz E-class

  5. BMW 3 Series

  6. Land Rover Discovery

  7. Range Rover Autobiography

  8. BMW M3

  9. VW Golf

  10. Audi RS4

New technology such as electronic car keys has made the battle against theft harder, and the Metropolitan Police has advised drivers to use a special electronic car key security pouch, as well as storing keys out of sight as thieves are known to fish for them through letterboxes. Always check your vehicle is locked and be wary of anyone standing nearby when locking your car as they may be hoping to block your signal and gain access.