Has Brexit Led To More Car Thefts?

Tue 8th Feb 2022

A lack of car parts in the supply chain may have led to an increase in car thefts according to one of the country’s biggest stolen vehicle recovery firms.

Tracker Network UK have revealed the the top ten most stolen vehicles of 2021 according to their data, with premium SUVs at the top of car thief’s list. But experts at the company believe that ‘global demand for car parts’ has led to many more cars ending up in shipping containers and headed for countries all around the world.

The Range Rover Sport is once again the most stolen vehicle according the analysis from Tracker Network UK, though it is worth pointing out that the data only relates to vehicles fitted with the company’s own tracker technology. It is much more likely that those who own a premium vehicle can also afford the tracking technology. 

Range Rover dominate the top ten list, with seven models accounting for 44 per cent of all stolen vehicles recovered by Tracker last year. Another factor which may lead to more premium cars being stolen is that many have the keyless car entry systems, which are seemingly an easy target for tech-savvy thieves. The data shows that 94 per cent of all vehicles recovered were stolen without the thief having the keys.

“2021 was another busy year for car thieves,” said Clive Wain from Tracker.

“Due to the pandemic, global demand for car parts created a boom in ‘chop-shops’ - buildings which house stolen vehicles for stripping down so their expensive parts can be sold on.

“In addition, the lack of parts for new car manufacturing resulted in a surge of sales in the second-hand car market, creating a lucrative business for car thieves to fill the shortage.

“Prestige models have always been the go-to for criminals who exploit the demand for these desirable cars in territories like Europe, Middle East and Africa.

“We are continuously intercepting shipping containers packed with stolen vehicles at ports around the country and 2021 was no different.

“However, due to the pandemic lower value cars have also seen an increase in theft rates.”