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Top ten stolen cars

22 December 2006

The Home Office Car Theft Index reveals the most stolen cars in 2005, and shows that the numbers of car thefts has plummeted.

According to the Car Theft Index released by the Home Office this week, the Vauxhall Belmont is the car most likely to be stolen in the UK.

Of the 5729 Belmonts on the road, 436 were stolen in 2005.

Other cars on the hot-list include the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Astra.

Overall, however, the number of cars stolen in England, Wales and Scotland dropped substantially in 2005 over the 2004 figures. The report indicates that 38,394 fewer vehicles were stolen in 2005 than in 2004, a drop of 16%.

Part of the reason for this appears to be improved anti-theft technology in newer models. In fact, statistics indicate that newer cars are much less likely to be stolen than older cars.

Top ten cars to go missing

The top ten stolen cars were identified by analysing 2005 theft data from the Police National Computer database, as well as information on the numbers of cars on the road provided by the Driving Licence Authority.

In order, the cars reported stolen most often in 2005 were:

  1. Vauxhall Belmont
  2. Vauxhall Astra Mk2
  3. Ford Escort Mk3
  4. Austin/Morris Metro
  5. Vauxhall Nova
  6. Ford Orion
  7. Rover Metro
  8. Austin/Morris Maestro
  9. Austin/Morris Montego
  10. Ford Fiesta Mks1, 2 and 3

Car thefts dropping

Home Secretary John Reid pointed out that the drop in car thefts in 2005 followed a similar drop in 2004. 'The rate of car theft has fallen by 31% between 2003 and 2005, and this is a testament to the efforts of all those working with police and manufacturers to make cars more difficult to steal,' he said.

In particular, he said, electronic immobilisers - which the government made compulsory in 1998 - have had a great impact on the numbers of car thefts.

The annual list of stolen cars, Dr Reid said, also helps by giving consumers the information they need to make smart choices when it comes time to buy a car. Cars that are less likely to be stolen are more attractive to car buyers.

'The Car Theft Index is a consumer tool, maintaining pressure on manufacturers to make sure security is a key factor when they design and make their cars,' he said.

If your car is on this list

If your car is an older model, or if it appears on the top 10 list, Christopher Macgowan, Chief Executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said there are some actions you can take to help keep it safe.

'Motorists can help reduce the risk of theft of older cars by taking simple steps, such as using a steering lock when they leave the vehicle,' he said.

Read our tips to help you keep your car safe.


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