Ford Fiesta Is UK’s Most Stolen Car for the Second Year in a Row

Desirable, or very easy to steal? That is the question Ford’s higher-ups must answer after it was revealed that the Fiesta is, once again, the British car thieves’ top target.
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At least this is the conclusion we must draw following a report published by local leasing company Rivervale. The group punched in the numbers provided in response to a Freedom of Information request to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), and the results are as clear as they come: the Ford Fiesta is the most stolen car in the UK.

But let’s take things step by step. The Rivervale report says in 2020, despite the lockdowns and all that (or perhaps because of them), there were close to 75,000 cars stolen on the UK roads. That number is significantly higher than the one reported for 2019 (+18,400) and amounts to roughly 205 cars being stolen each day.

In 2019, the Fiesta was the prime target for thieves, with 2,348 of them being taken. In 2020, that number was higher by a significant margin as well, with 3,392 thefts reported, enough to ensure the Blue Oval car still rules the charts.

According to the findings, the Land Rover Range Rover came in next (2,881), followed by the Volkswagen Golf (1,975). The Nissan Qashqai ends the top ten, with 655 units stolen (you can have a comprehensive look at the full list by following this link).

As for the preferred methods used by thieves, they include signal manipulation of keyless cars or access to the car’s actual key. Most thefts take place in the evening or at night, in the streets.

As a side note, even in this day and age, recovering a stolen car is proving to be a very tough undertaking. According to this study, 3 in 4 cars were never returned in 2020, which is the highest number in a decade in the country.
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About the author: Daniel Patrascu
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Daniel loves writing (or so he claims), and he uses this skill to offer readers a "behind the scenes" look at the automotive industry. He also enjoys talking about space exploration and robots, because in his view the only way forward for humanity is away from this planet, in metal bodies.
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