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DVLA warning over most stolen car models in the UK - see if yours is on list

Jan 31, 2022

One vehicle brand came out on top as over 43,000 cars were reported stolen last year.

The car type stolen most in the last 12 months has been revealed thanks to data provided by a popular car leasing site.

Ford Fiestas topped the list with Range Rovers also up there with the type of car most likely to be stolen.

In terms of electric vehicles, Mitsubishi Outlands became the most stolen as the countries turns to greener motors.

With data covering the months until November 30 last year, there were 43,603 car thefts reported by the police to the DVLA, according to car leasing comparison site LeaseLoco.

The shocking figures were requested through a Freedom of Information request and mean that a car was stolen every 11 minutes in the UK on average, reports Birmingham Live.

Experts predict the number of vehicles pinched in 2021 will likely top the 46,876 figure registered during 2020, but will be significantly less than the 58,642 stolen during 2019, pre-pandemic.

DVLA data shows the Ford Fiesta Zetec (418) is the most stolen car in 2021. The Zetec turbo model (204) also appears in 8th position in the list. Seven of the top eight most stolen cars are Fiestas.

Analysis of DVLA data by car comparison site LeaseLoco showed the top 10 most stolen cars up to November 30 this year. They are:

  • Ford Fiesta Zetec - 418 stolen
  • Ford Fiesta Titanium Turbo - 351 stolen
  • Range Rover Sport HSE SDV6 - 315 stolen
  • Ford Fiesta Titanium X - 311 stolen
  • Ford Fiesta ST-2 Turbo - 300 stolen
  • Ford Fiesta ST-3 Turbo - 272 stolen
  • Ford Fiesta Titanium - 241 stolen
  • Ford Fiesta Zetec Turbo - 204 stolen
  • Range Rover Sport HSE Dynamic SDV6 - 174 stolen
  • BMW 520D M Sport - 131 stolen

LeaseLoco CEO John Wilmot said showed just how important it is for people take extra precautions to securely lock their car.

He said: "The Ford Fiesta may be about to lose its title as the best selling car in the UK but it still retains the unenviable title as the most stolen car in Britain.

“While the Range Rover Sport, one of the most popular luxury SUVs on the market, has been targeted by sophisticated criminal gangs who have the knowledge and keyless tech to gain entry."

He added that the results shouldn't be a reason for car owners not to purchase these vehicles just because they appear on the list.

He said: "If you take the right precautions you can avoid becoming a victim of car thieves - and that goes for any car owners.

“Always make sure your car is locked before you walk away and check that it’s locked at night. Think about upgrading the security on your car; this could include fitting an alarm, immobiliser and tracking system.

Consider another layer of security in the form of a steering wheel lock, which also acts as an effective visual deterrent.

"And make sure you keep your vehicle keys safe; store them out of sight from windows and doors, don’t leave your car running with the keys in the ignition, and consider using a signal blocking key pouch to block radio signals from the keyless entry system."

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