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Top three most stolen vehicles were vans in 2020/2019

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Vans have made-up the top three positions for the most stolen vehicles in 2020/2019, a Freedom of Information (FOI) request made by Rapid Car Check has revealed.

Rapid Car Check submitted a FOI request to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) to find out which vehicles by make and model were stolen the most in 2019/2020 based on the total number of vehicles reported to the DVLA, and how many of the vehicles were recovered – the total number of vehicles notified to the DVLA as recovered, after being reported as stolen.

In both 2020/2019, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 313 CDI claimed the top spot for the most stolen vehicle with 1,169 vans stolen in 2020 and 1,466 stolen in 2019. In 2020, only 247 were recovered, in comparison to 362 vans recovered in 2019.

The second most stolen vehicle in 2020/2019 was the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 314 CDI with 860 vans stolen in 2020 – 112 recovered - and 1,135 vans stolen in 2019, with 204 vehicles recovered.

However, the Ford Transit 350 was the third most stolen van in 2020 with 756 vans stolen in the year and 220 recovered. In 2019, the Ford Transit 125 T350 RWD, was the third most stolen vehicle with 772 models stolen and 177 recovered.

The FOI request also revealed that more vehicles were stolen in 2019 than in 2020, with 100,369 vehicles stolen in 2019 and 78,563 vehicles stolen in 2020. The number of vehicles recovered in 2020 equalled 35,381 and 50,517 in 2019.

Logistics UK reported last year that more than a third of businesses had been hit by van theft.

Lewis Vernon, a spokesperson at Rapid Car Check, said: “When we made the FOI request to the DVLA we asked for information about "vehicles" which has revealed the top 3 stolen vehicles of 2020 to be vans.

“Seven out of the top 20 stolen vehicles of 2020 were also vans, you could take this as a warning if you are a van owner and take extra precautions.”

Rapid Car Check offers a free stolen vehicle check to registered users, where a search for a registration can be made to identify if the vehicle is recorded as stolen on the Police National Computer (PNC).

Top 20 most stolen vehicles by make and model in 2020

  Vehicle make Vehicle model Stolen Recovered
1 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 313 CDI 1,169 274
2 Mercedez-Benz Sprinter 314 CDI 860 112
3 Ford Transit 350 756 220
3 Yamaha GPD125-A NMax 125 ABS 678 423
4 Ford Transit 125 T350 RWD 493 107
6 Honda WW 125-A 426 281
7 Ford Fiesta Zetec 370 164
8 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE SDV6 A 355 119
9 Ford Fiesta Titanium X 353 135
10 Ford Fiesta ST-2 Turbo 343 140
11 Ford Fiesta Titanium Turbo 311 112
12 Ford Fiesta ST-3 Turbo 298 119
13 Ford Transit 115 T350L RWD 285 100
14 Ford Transit 100 T280 FWD 279 60
15 Honda WW 125 EX2-H 273 174
16 Ford Transit 100 T350 RWD 254 48
17 Honda WW 125 EX2-F 252 167
18 Ford Transit Custom 290 Eco-Tech 252 58
19 Honda NSC 110 Mpdh 245 165
20 Honda NSC 110 E-E 236 148

Top 20 most stolen vehicles by make and model in 2019

  Vehicle make Vehicle model Stolen Recovered
1 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 313 CDI 1,466 362
2 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 314 CDI 1,135 204
3 Ford Transit 125 T350 RWD 772 177
4 Ford Transit 350 715 257
5 Yamaha GPD125-A NMax 125 ABS 712 522
6 Ford Fiesta Zetec 539 266
7 Ford Transit 115 T350L RWD 451 152
8 Honda WW 125 EX2-H 445 315
9 Ford Transit 100 T350 RWD 434 109
10 Honda WW 125 EX-F 388 284
11 Yamaha YBR 125 382 220
12 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE SDV6 A 378 113
13 Honda NSC 110 E-E 359 262
14 Honda NSC 110 MPDH 340 255
15 Ford Fiesta Titanium Turbo 329 152
16 Ford Transit 100 T280 FWD 327 89
17 Ford Fiesta ST-2 Turbo 321 156
18 Ford Fiesta Titanium X 316 149
19 Honda WW 125-A 305 212
20 Honda WW 125 EX2-A 298 220

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  • Jacob - 17/08/2021 09:08

    How are these vans being stolen is more important

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