Wanted: 2020’s Most Stolen Car

Wed 17th Feb 2021

The last 12 months may have been a write-off for the automotive industry, but lockdown conditions didn’t keep car theft under control and there was one brand which was at the top of every car criminal’s list in 2020.

According to data published by Tracker, the UK’s only SVR solution supported by UK police forces, Range Rover was the most popular stolen and recovered car brand by a long long way. Land Rover and Range Rover dominate the list of top ten most stolen cars, with a total of six vehicles in the list of shame. The Range Rover Sport was the most stolen car for the second year in succession, closely followed by the Vogue and the Autobiography.

In fact the entire top ten list reads like the catalogue of a Premier League Football Club car park, with luxury cars abound.

“Range Rover and other Land Rover models have always featured in our top ten most stolen and recovered league table in the last 10 years, as has the BMW X5 which has slipped from second to fourth position in 2020. However, most premium 4x4 cars are hot targets, with car thieves stealing to order, often shipping them abroad or stripping them for parts in a chop shop to meet the growing demand for spare parts.

“Keyless car theft has risen dramatically in recent years. It is quick and easy for professional criminals who have the tools and experience. Cars are commonly taken from outside of the owners’ house, often discreetly and within minutes, meaning the theft often goes unnoticed for some time. We encourage drivers to use traditional visual deterrents such as crook locks and wheel clamps to deter criminals and protect their car, however, in the event of a theft, stolen vehicle tracking technology will significantly help police quickly close the net on thieves and return the vehicle to its rightful owner.”