Car thieves don't just target prestige brands, says Tracker

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The figures show that the age, mileage and even brand of a vehicle doesn't seem to matter to thieves as much as motorists may think.

The average value of cars stolen and recovered by Tracker in 2016 was just over £16,000, down from over £19,000 in 2015.

Although the most expensive car recovered by Tracker last year was a Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG worth £120,000, less than 1% of stolen vehicles the company recovers are worth between £75,000-£120,000.

Andy Barrs, head of police liaison at Tracker and a former Chief Superintendent for South Yorkshire Police, commented: "Understandably, many vehicle owners think that organised car thieves typically target high end prestige cars. Yet our data tells us that criminals continue to target more affordable, popular brands, such as Ford, Vauxhall and VW models. Indeed, these were stolen in record numbers last year, with the lowest value car stolen and recovered being a VW Golf worth £400.

"If people think their car isn't worth enough for thieves to steal it, think again. Three out of four stolen cars we recovered were worth less than £20,000. The message for all motorists is to protect their car from thieves."

Overall, more than £11.5m worth of stolen vehicles fitted with a Tracker device were returned to their rightful owners last year, a 10% increase from the previous year.

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