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BMW X5 most frequently stolen car for fifth year running

The BMW X5 remains top of the car thief’s shopping list, according to the latest figures from Tracker. 

It was the car most frequently stolen and recovered in 2013 - the fifth year in a row that it has topped the table.

Last year Tracker recovered nearly £8,500,000 worth of stolen vehicles and returned them to their owners.

The BMW M3 was the second most stolen and recovered vehicle last year, moving up from third in 2012 and sixth place in 2011.

In 2012, the number two spot was occupied by the Land Rover Sport and Vogue, but in 2013, they sit in seventh and eighth place respectively.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class makes its first appearance on the table, taking third place, while the Porsche 911 reappears in ninth for the first time since 2011.

BMWs dominated in 2013, with the 5 Series, X5, M3 and 3 Series all making the table.

However, the Audi A4 leapt from ninth position in 2011, up to fourth in 2013, while the Audi RS4 doesn’t appear at all. The Audi S3 takes equal eighth with the Range Rover Vogue.

“It’s clear from our latest figures that thieves continue to target prestige models with the most expensive car recovered being worth £90,000,” said Adrian Davenport, Police Liaison Officer for Tracker.

“The average value of the cars we recovered in 2013 was just £23,600, down on the average for the year before. This proves that you don’t have to be a luxury car owner to be at risk from thieves looking to make a quick profit.

“The best way to increase the likelihood of your vehicle being recovered, if it is stolen, is to invest in a tracking unit.”

Tracker’s top ten most stolen and recovered vehicles





Top ten cars by make and model most frequently stolen and recovered

  1. BMW X5
  2. BMW 1 series
  3. BMW 3 series
  4. Audi  RS Series
  5. Volkswagen Golf
  6. BMW M3
  7. Land Rover Range Rover
  8. Mercedes C Class
  9. Audi A4

Porsche 911

1. BMW X5

2. Land Rover – Vogue/Sport

3. BMW M3

4. BMW 3 Series / Audi RS4 =

5. Mercedes SLK

6. Mercedes ML

7. BMW M5/X6 =

8. Mercedes CLS/E Class =

1. BMW X5

2. BMW M3

3. Mercedes C Class

4. Audi S4

5. BMW M5

6. BMW 3 Series

7. Range Rover Sport

8. Range Rover Vogue, Audi S3 =

9. Mercedes E Class, BMW 5 Series, Porsche 911 =



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