Unfortunately owning a car can be very expensive as fuel prices continue on an upward trend. It is not only fuel costs that seem to be spiraling but also insurance never seems to get any cheaper. Some of this is caused by the problem of auto theft, and today we are looking at the most stolen cars, and how to make yours less appealing to the car thief.
Earlier this month we brought you the cars that were being stolen in the US, and in the UK surprisingly the Toyota Yaris is the most stolen car. According to Guardian.co.uk one in every 244 of the model falls victim to car thieves. This is followed by the Volkswagen Touareg with one every 256, and one place further down was the Volvo XC90 with one in every 370.
Just outside the top three was the Porsche 911 that saw one in 417 models stolen, and the Seat Altea had one in every 435 stolen. If you want a car that doesn’t seem to attract the attention of car thieves, get the Ford Ka. According to Confused.com data, not one of its customers who owned the Ka had one stolen between 2004 and 2011. This is put down to a lack of street cred according to an ex-burglar turned security expert.
Other cars that don’t seem to attract the attention of thieves include the Chevrolet Matiz, Hyundai i10, and Suzuki Ignis which all saw figures of one in 5,000 or less. Cars that are desirable to thieves include the BMW 3.5, Jaguar XJ, and Range Rover Sport. The security on these cars will be high, so car thieves target the keys by breaking into homes first.
The security expert said many car owners make the mistake of leaving items such as phone leads and sat nav holders on display. Vans are often stolen when equipment or tools can be seen inside, but there are things owners can do to lower the risk of theft.
When parking a car in the road turn the wheels into the kerb, or when in a parking lot turn them towards another car. This makes it harder for a thief to move the car so will probably avoid it for another. When parking on driveways it is advised to drive in, so the thief would have to reverse out instead of just driving away.
If your car is a mess inside this may attract thieves by indicating the owner may be in a rush, and could have left something of value inside. It is advised if you have a driveway to park your vehicle there as the thief has to come closer to your home to gain access. Cars do get stolen from driveways though, but if you have security lighting it will lower the risk of your car being targeted.
Have you owned a Ford Ka which was stolen?