Car crime isn’t the problem it used to be but cars are still being stolen
If you drive a Range Rover Sport and live in London you stand more chance of becoming a victim of car crime according to a new ranking of car theft hotspots.
The survey reveals that after London, Greater Manchester and the West Midlands were the UK’s car theft hotspots in 2015. The list has been compiled by Tracker, a company that specialises in stolen vehicle recovery by using a transmitter hidden in the vehicle that enables police to find it if it’s recorded as stolen.
Where are the car theft hotspots?
Cars might be ever more sophisticated but police still have to hunt out ones that have been stolen (Picture © Tracker)
You may think car security devices are a thing of the past. After all, less than 100,000 cars a year are stolen in the UK, a sixth of the number being taken illegally in the car-crime ridden 1990s. But a new breed of technically-savvy car thief is on the prowl.
They’re able to hack supposedly sophisticated electronic security systems in seconds meaning increasing numbers of new cars being ‘stolen to order’ by organised criminal gangs. Last month, the UK’s 10 most stolen cars were revealed by Tracker, a maker of car security devices. But even if your car isn’t on that list it could be vulnerable. The answer is to fit additional security. There’s a wide range on the market but only a limited number are recognised as being effective by the insurance industry. Here are the ones its official tester, Thatcham Research, recommends… Continue reading