Is your car one of the most nicked? Motor thefts rose by a third last year

UK: Is your car one of the most nicked? Motor thefts rose by a third last year, DVLA data shows: 

  • Some 74,769 vehicles were reported stolen to the DVLA in 2020, figures show 
  • Thieves pinched an average of 205 vehicles per day last year - and ONS stats suggest that almost three quarters are never returned to owners
  • We reveal the top 15 vehicles that were most prominently targeted by criminals
  • Experts at Thatcham Research explain how drivers can best protect their cars

Vehicle thefts accelerated by a third last year, according to new data, despite two national lockdowns and more drivers being indoors to keep a closer eye on their motors.  

There were 74,769 vehicles pinched from their owners last year - this is a 33 per cent leap up from 56,288 in 2019, according to Driver and Vehicle Licencing Agency figures.

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