Van Thefts On The Rise Says Latest Research

Wed 30th Oct 2019

Commercial vehicle thefts are on the rise and van drivers are experiencing the brunt of the spike with a 50% rise in four years.
New research carried out by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles using data provided by UK police forces reported 32,056 van thefts between 2015/16 and 2018/19. There were 9,371 vans stolen last year compared to 6,572 in 2015/16, demonstrating a 45% rise in thefts.

David Hanna, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles head of service and parts operations, said: “Our most recent findings are concerning as it reveals that the problem of van theft is getting worse rather than better – and it’s a problem right across the country.”

Hanna added: “Vans are the lifeblood of so many businesses up and down the country and it’s not only the emotional stress of replacing the vehicle but also the days and weeks of letting customers down and the cost of replacing tools, often worth thousands of pounds, before you can get back to ‘business as usual’.”

London is the crime hotspot when it comes to van thefts, accounting for exactly half of all thefts in 2018/19 with 4,777 reported cases, which in itself is a 15% increase on the previous year.

Volkswagen are unlikely to reveal the reason for the spike in van thefts, it’s suspected that the majority of the thefts are being made on vehicles that can be accessed due to the increase in keyless entry systems. The rise in car crimes has been blamed on the same relay technology which sees criminals use technology to trick the vehicle into unlocking the doors.