Cars with personal plates are TWICE as likely to be stolen

UK:  A survey of 2,000 people conducted by the price comparison website also reveals how many of us like a plate with a personal touch, and what we think of those who have personal plates.

Firstly, the thefts. The data shows that cars with personal plates on them are a whopping 50 percent more likely to be stolen. The logic follows that a car with an expensive personal plate on it can look like a double score to a passing thief. Other factors could be at play, too, though.

For instance, Londoners are most likely (46 percent) to have a personal plate, compared with the country as a whole, where 20 percent have personal plates. East London ranks seventh on the top 10 most targeted areas for car theft. A high-risk area with more cars that happen to have personal plates could be a factor.

MoneySupermarket found that personal plates are the most popular with younger drivers, with 25-34 year-olds and 18-24 year-olds taking the top demographic spots, at 36 and 24 percent respectively.

Mercedes-Benz was the most popular marque, accounting for 12 percent of all personal plates on the road. The survey concludes that so-called ‘vanity’ plates still have a negative image, with 32 percent dismissing owners as poseurs.