The cars most likely to be vandalised or stolen

Is your motor a target for thieves? New data from the Driver and Vehicle Leasing Agency (DVLA) reveals the top 10 most stolen cars.

Do you have one of the nation’s most stolen motors?

The DVLA has released details of which motors are being pinched most often, following a Freedom of Information request from LeaseLoco.

In total, up to 30 November 2021, 43,603 stolen cars were reported by the police to the DVLA. That equates to a car being stolen every 11 minutes.

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The most frequently stolen cars UK

So, which cars are most enticing to crooks?

Here are the top 10 stolen cars according to the DVLA data.

Make, Model

Number of cars stolen in 202

Ford Fiesta Zetec


Ford Fiesta Titanium Turbo


Range Rover Sport HSE SDV6


Ford Fiesta Titanium X


Ford Fiesta ST-2 Turbo


Ford Fiesta ST-3 Turbo


Ford Fiesta Titanium


Ford Fiesta Zetec Turbo 


Range Rover Sport HSE Dynamic SDV6 


BMW 520D M Sport


There are a few really notable things about these results. There are two separate versions of the Zetec, which is interesting, while seven of the eight most stolen cars are forms of the Ford Fiesta. 

The data also covered the fact that 5% of the cars stolen to date have been plug-ins. Here are the most stolen electric motors.

Make, Model

Number of cars stolen in 2021

Mitsubishi Outlander 4H PHEV CVT


Hyundai Ioniq Premium HEV S-A


Lexus RX 450H F Sport CVT


Toyota Prius Hybrid


Toyota Prius T Spirit VVT-I CVT


Range Rover Sport HSE DYN P400E




Mitsubishi Outlander GX 4H PHEV


Toyota Prius Active VVT-I CVT


Hyundai Ioniq Premium SE HEV


Will I get my stolen car back?

Having your car taken is of course a complete nightmare. But once you report it to the police, do you have any chance of getting it back?

Rivervale Leasing crunched the numbers last year, going through data going back to 2010 from the Office for National Statistics.

It discovered that an extraordinary 75% of cars weren’t returned to their owner, the highest yearly figure since 2010.

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The car theft hotspots

Of course, how at risk your car is likely to be from car thieves can vary hugely from area to area.

While some regions have a particular problem with stolen cars, it’s far rarer in others.

Last year MoneySuperMarket released data on car theft hotspots, based on car insurance enquiries. Here’s how the worst offenders look.

Postcode area

Car theft (per 1,000 capita)

IG (Ilford and Barking)


RM (Romford)


B (Birmingham)


N (North London)


BR (Bromley)


SW (South West London)


HX (Halifax)


DY (Dudley)


E (East London)


SS (Southend on Sea)


This is important as your location will play a part in calculating your car insurance premium.

To put it bluntly, if you live in an area with a higher than average numbers of car thefts, your insurance is going to cost you more as the insurer will view you as a greater risk.

It’s a similar story with where you keep your car overnight. If it’s kept in a locked garage, it’s obviously going to be less at risk to thieves than if it’s parked on the street.

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The cars most likely to be vandalised

Mini Cooper among the most vandalised cars, according to 2018 research (Image: Shutterstock)

Some cars are more likely to suffer vandalism, rather than outright theft.

Back in 2018, insurer Churchill crunched the numbers of its own claims data to find the cars that most often suffer from vandals.

  1. Smart car 
  2. Mini 
  3. Alfa Romeo 
  4. BMW 
  5. Mazda 
  6. Peugeot 
  7. Saab 
  8. Fiat 
  9. Mercedes 
  10. Citroën

The most common form of vandalism was cosmetic damage, accounting for 15% of all claims, followed by 12% of claims, which related to damage to the front bumper. 

The proportion of claims reporting front door damage was also 12%.

Protecting yourself from car thieves

There is far more you can do to keep your car safe than simply parking it in a garage though.

We’ve highlighted some of the smartest ways you can guard yourself against car thieves to ensure you aren’t one of the thousands of motorists each year who have to report a stolen car to the police.

Check out how to beat hi-tech car thieves.

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