Do you have a BMW M3 or Audi S4? You may be shocked to know they feature in the top 10 stolen and recovered vehicles with GPS trackers fitted.
Vehicle crime may be in decline in the UK in 2016, but there are still around 100,000 cars stolen every year. Increasingly sophisticated security systems make it impossible for thieves to steal a bike or a car by simply brute force. The theft of keys is the most common way to steal a car nowadays. Sadly, only around half of all the cars stolen in the UK are ever recovered.
Even with today’s high-tech security systems and alarms fitted to vehicles, the thieves are still one step ahead. But this is where a GPS tracker is a useful tool to protect your vehicle and get it back if the worst case scenario happens.
X5 is top of the list and unsurprisingly, it shares space on the top ten with lots of other fancy stuff. The BMW M3, Porsche 911, and Range Rover are lurking nervously, proving if nothing else that thieves have impeccable taste in other peoples’ stuff. Some vehicles that we thought would be right up the list such as the Land Rover Defender 4×4 and Ford Transit van don’t feature at all in the 10 Top. Why Is This? Well, it appears that the owners of these models are not fitting GPS tracking devices to their pride and joy.
10: BMW 5 series, Mercedes E-Class, Porsche 911
Sharing the number 10 spot are arch-rivals from Germany, as well as the lovely Porsche 911. Incidentally, BMWs make up half the cars on the list.
9: Audi S3
Adding another dimension to the axiom ‘thick as thieves’, Audi’s S3 sits a sizeable notch below the range-topping RS3 in performance terms. But that’s not put off the tea-leaves.
8: Range Rover
It celebrates its own absurdity with huge engines (the biggest is a 5.0-litre supercharged V8), huge proportions (the long wheelbase is 5.2 meters long), and huge price tags (the LWB starts at £140,000). That’s only a few grand shy of the average house price in Wales…
7: Range Rover Sport
Footballers! Footballers’ wives! Footballers’ mistresses! ALERT! Your car’s probably being stolen RIGHT NOW!
6: BMW 3 series
BMW posted record worldwide deliveries of 1,963,798 units last year, which could explain why so many of its cars are getting pinched in Britain. The darling of the middle manager and venerable hoon machine, the 3 series is one of the thieves’ most popular…
5: BMW M5
It seems Britain’s thieves have a taste for even sportier Bavarian stuff. The M5 is the ultimate in well-heeled hooliganism, putting out 552bhp from its turbocharged 4.4-litre V8. That gets it from 0-62mph in just 4.3 seconds. Little wonder the world’s police forces are stepping up their car game…
4: Audi S4
A practical saloon with four-wheel-drive and 328.5bhp. You would, wouldn’t you? Though we humbly suggest you go out, get a job, then buy one. Just like the rest of us.
3: Mercedes C-Class
Despite the new model’s lack of AMGness, the C-Class is a popular choice for the discerning car thief. They’re a fair few of the old ones about, though – in 2013 303,416 sold worldwide, adding to a total of more than 2.2 million units sold of the current model since it launched in 2007.
2: BMW M3
The latest model’s lost two cylinders (it’s been sliced from a V8 to a 3.0-litre straight six) but makes a prodigious 431bhp and 406lb ft. Will it find as many nefarious fans as the old 414bhp M3? Probably…
1: BMW X5
Car thieves are obviously not regular readers of Top Gear magazine, otherwise, they’d know that the Range Rover Sport is an infinitely better all-rounder. Still, it has road car-like pace, there’s room for seven, and a costs a huge £43,000 – no surprise it’s on top of the list.
If you own anything on the list or similar, visit Rewire Security to see how we can help you to protect your prized asset and start GPS tracking your car live today.