New research has revealed the most frequently stolen vehicle models in the UK.
German car manufacturers were featured heavily on the list with Mercedes, BMW, VW and Audi cars among the most targeted.
Data released by Tracker revealed the the Mercedes-Benz C Class was the car that fell victim to the highest number of thefts in 2017.
The C-Class jumped from the fourth most stolen and recovered car to the 1st from 2016.
Thefts of these more luxurious vehicles is due to criminals exploiting the relay car theft hack.
Mercedes E-Class also made the list rising from 5th place to 4th place.
Three BMW cars made the list – X5, 3 Series and M3.
The 2016 Top Ten, like many previous years, was entirely dominated by prestige models from Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Land Rover, but analysis of TRACKER’s 2017 data sees Volkswagen enter the league table for the first time since the report was first published in 2011, with its VW Golf in 9th position.
TRACKER saw a five per cent year-on-year increase in vehicle thefts and recoveries in 2017, with the total value of vehicles stolen recovered in 2017 exceeding 12.5 million.
Top 10 most stolen and recovered cars in 2017:
1. Mercedes-Benz C-Class
2. BMW X5
3. Range Rover Sport
4. Mercedes-Benz E-Class
5. BMW 3 Series
6. Land Rover Discovery
7. Range Rover Autobiography
8. BMW M3
9. VW Golf
10. Audi RS4
Andy Barrs, Head of Police Liaison at TRACKER says, “It’s fair to say that criminals continued to stay one step ahead of manufacturers in 2017.
“‘Relay attack’ is one method car thieves increasingly adopted last year, which involves two criminals working together using an electronic signal relay to intercept a key fob signal from within the victim’s home. Cars are being stolen and driven off within seconds.
“80 per cent of all vehicles stolen and recovered by TRACKER in 2017 were stolen without using the owner’s keys, quite a significant increase from the 66 per cent stolen by this means in 2016.
“Of course, a TRACKER device won’t prevent your vehicle from being stolen, but if it is, it will significantly increase the chances of the vehicle being recovered quickly and returned by the police.
“We have a unique partnership with UK police forces and 2017 saw our technology assist officers to make 47 arrests.
“Together, TRACKER, car owners and the police are closing in on criminals and clamping down on vehicle theft.”
TRACKER’s technology can locate vehicles anywhere in the world and because of it there has been a 30 per cent increase in the number of stolen vehicles recovered since 2014.