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The most stolen cars in the UK

As new figures show the number of cars stolen in the UK has risen by nearly a third in the last three years, we reveal the models most at risk

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The most stolen cars in the UK

The days when you could break into a car with a coat hanger might be long gone, but car crime is on the rise again; according to data collated by RAC Insurance, the number of vehicles stolen in the UK has risen by 30% in the past three years.

The worst region for car theft in 2016 was London, with almost 26,500 thefts reported by the Metropolitan Police. However, the area that has seen the biggest increase in car crime is West Yorkshire, with thefts rising from 3561 in 2013 to 5597 in 2016 – a leap of 57%.

Below we count down the 10 most popular models with UK car thieves. Is yours one of them?

10. BMW 5 Series

The 5 Series on this list was replaced by an all-new model at the start of 2017, but it was still the best car of its kind when it went off sale, so it's perhaps not surprising that it features here.

Read our full BMW 5 Series review


9. Land Rover Defender

An evoluton of the original Land Rover, the Defender is a favourite among farmers and other countryside dwellers. However, while it's a very capable off-roader, its on-road manners leave a lot to be desired and security is basic.

Read our full Land Rover Defender review


8. Range Rover Vogue

The luxurious and cosseting Range Rover has little in common with the Defender, aside from the Land Rover badge on its rump and the fact it's popular with thieves.

Read our full Range Rover review

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