The most frequently stolen car models – and some of the UK’s riskiest streets for vehicle theft

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SOME of the most frequently stolen car models in the UK have been revealed.

And its not just luxury motors being targeted by thieves as the rate of vehicle theft around the country soars.

The Ford Focus was the most frequently stolen motor last year
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Police figures analysed by financial comparison website GoCompare revealed the Ford Focus as the most frequently stolen motor in 2018.

Freedom of Information data was collected from 17 of the 43 police forces across England and Wales, including Avon and Somerset, Hertfordshire, Kent and Northumbria.

One of the most popular cars in the country, the Focus was pinched 530 times just last year in the 17 constabularies analysed.

Britain’s favourite car, the Ford Fiesta, was the next most common vehicle to be targeted by crooks, with 508 models stolen from these regions.

These are the most frequently stolen vehicles in the UK
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Common mistakes putting your motor at risk of theft – here's how to keep it safe

Former offender turned security expert Michael Fraser explains how you could be making your car a target for thieves:

  • Relying on your car’s security system: “If you have bought a new car, you might think it comes with a security system which will protect your car but many motors are quite vulnerable to theft; using a visual deterrent like a steering wheel lock which looks like a big strong dustbin lid that covers your entire steering wheel will put them off.”
  • Parking with straight wheels: “Most people straighten up their wheels when parking, making it easy for thieves to drive away quickly. By parking your car with the wheels turned into the kerb, thieves will have to make more manoeuvres to drive off. Parking in a row of cars or facing a wall will also deter criminals.”
  • Failing to hide key fob: “Many car owners believe that locking their keys in a drawer or placing them out of sight in a secure home is enough to protect their vehicles but criminals can use devices that relay the signal from keys and unlock devices remotely. Keep your keys at least 20m away from any doors, criminals can’t pick up a signal. You can also use an RFID Wallets which provide a casing for your keys.”
  • Leaving a mess in your motor: “One of the biggest mistakes that car owners make is leaving rubbish and mess lying around. When a criminal walks past they will see this as an opportunity to find something valuable. Keeping valuables out of sight and tidying away any rubbish is an effective way to deter criminals.
  • Not using a dash cam with surveillance mode: “All dash cams are designed to record your drive, but some dashboard cameras can also monitor your car when you are not there. It is a very useful feature to guard against any would-be thieves or if you are worried about any potential vandalism on your car.”
  • Michael also noted leaving ownership documents in the car and failing to check the door is actually locked are other common mistakes drivers make.

Thieves also targeted the Vauxhall Astra and Volkswagen Golf, with 344 and 340 models stolen, respectively.

The Vauxhall Corsa was another popular choice with criminals, according to the figures, as 306 vehicles were stolen last year.

As the figures only cover just over a third of the police forces in the UK, they don’t represent the nature of car theft for the entire country.

Last year we revealed the models most likely to be stolen from streets all over Britain, with the Mercedes-Benz C-Class most at-risk.

The study by GoCompare also revealed some of the UK streets where your motor is more likely to be stolen.

These are some of the vehicle theft hotspots in Britain
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High Street in Staffordshire was the worst place to leave your motor, with local police reporting 55 motor thefts in 2018.

Another hotspot for vehicle crime was Cornwall Road in Leicestershire, where thieves stole 22 vehicles.

And Humberside Police reported 18 motor thefts in Anlaby Road.

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