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Car Theft Down In The UK

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Tracking device firm, Tracker, has released its annual report on car theft with the very welcome news that vehicle theft in 2014 was lower than any year since 1968. In fact, car theft has declined by 70% in the last ten years.

These are the vehicles which were most targeted by thieves in 2014:


A long time favourite of criminal king pins, gang lords and underworld low lifes, the X5 has held the dubious honour of Britain's most stolen car for six consecutive years, based upon Tracker's data.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The C-Class has been around since 1993 and has gone through four generations of varying quality. The early years were arguably its best but the current version, released last year, is putting in a good effort. Its position in the most stolen list can probably be attributed to opportunity - huge numbers have been sold - combined with the desirability of its premium marque badge.

Range Rover Sport

The Sport model revolutionised Range Rover's image upon release in 2005, winning praise and condemnation in equal measure - the latter from Greenpeace, who believed it represented everything un-green and environmentally un-friendly. Thieves, however, were clearly undeterred by its gas guzzling reputation.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class

A size up from the C-Class compact saloon, the current E-Class is reaching the end of its natural lifespan, with a replacement due by the end of the year. Thieves don't seem prepared to wait for the new model.

Land Rover Discovery

Not the obvious choice for a bit of Saturday night joyriding, Discoveries are usually stolen to order and shipped abroad.


Tracker's data doesn't specify which particular version of any car was most stolen, but with older M3s becoming collector's items and lacking some of the modern security features of newer cars, they are likely to be popular targets for thieves.

Range Rover

JLR is desperately trying to foil thieves exploiting loopholes in keyless entry technology, with the Range Rover one of the key targets for high tech criminal gangs.

Audi RS4

A new entry to the list this year, it's easy to see the RS4's appeal for thieves - specifically a 0-62mph time of 4.7 seconds and plenty of premium German build quality.

Mercedes-Benz ML-Class

A relatively low profile entry in the SUV sector, the ML-Class's prestigious badge is an automatic attraction for thieves.

Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG

Merc's small but super hot saloon is another target for steal to order gangs and is probably usually already safely away in a shipping container before most owners even realise it's gone.

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