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15 most commonly stolen vehicle makes and models in Cambridgeshire revealed: From BMW to Vauxhall, is your car or van on the list?

By Cambridge News  |  Posted: July 01, 2014

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A list of the car makes and models that thieves love to steal most in the Cambridge area can today be revealed.

The report lays out the vehicles most targeted by criminals either because they are easy to break into through lack of security, are readily available or are in high demand as ‘steal-to-order’ cars.

It shows the 15 car makes and models that have been stolen the most in Cambridgeshire last year. The list totals 365 – meaning one vehicle was stolen every day by criminals.

BMWs and Transit vans feature highly on the table with a few Land Rovers, Mercs and Fords thrown into the mix, according to the latest figures from Cambridgeshire police.

One of the most recent cars stolen in Cambridge was a black BMW which was used in a hit-and-run when a police motorcyclist was seriously injured on the M11 south of the city.

Investigations are ongoing following the incident which happened on Monday, June 9, as the News reported.

One thief chose to steal a Smart car but it landed in a ditch in a dramatic police chase.

Zachary Smith, of Cranwell Road, Nottingham, left a family traumatised after he broke into the home of Lino Adolf in Allen Road, Ely.

But he was caught after the car triggered an ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) camera which led to the chase after the raid on April 4, as the News reported.

Smith was jailed for two years and disqualified from driving for 12 months after pleading guilty to attempted burglary, burglary, driving while disqualified, having no insurance and theft of a motor vehicle.

The list of vehicles was obtained using freedom of information laws and has triggered tips from police on how to avoid becoming a victim of car crime.

A police spokesman said: “We would urge motorists to always ensure that they do not leave valuables in their vehicles, and remove anything that may tempt a thief to break in.

“An empty box, bag, or even suction mark from a sat-nav can be enough to encourage a criminal to smash into your car or van. Even if they leave empty-handed, it can cost the victim a huge amount to repair their vehicle.”

The largest concentration of vehicle crime in Cambridgeshire was found in Peterborough, with the PE1 postcode showing the biggest hot spot, with 275 offences per 10,000 registered vehicles.

The second worst area in Cambridgeshire is CB5 in Cambridge with 168 crimes, although this figure may be inflated due to the fact it houses the city’s car dealer district, data obtained by consumer motoring champion, HonestJohn.co.uk, revealed.

Last year theft from a motor vehicle accounted for 47 per cent of Cambridgeshire’s crime, while criminal damage made up 39 per cent of all offences. Just 13 per cent of incidents involved a car being stolen.

A police spokesman said: “We take vehicle crime very seriously and are committed to catching those who commit such offences.”

15 most commonly stolen vehicle makes in Cambridgeshire (2013):

1) Ford - 65

2) Vauxhall - 50

3) BMW - 31

4) Nissan - 18

5) Renault - 16

6)= Citroen - 13

Peugeot - 13

Volkswagen - 13

9) Land Rover - 11

10)= Mercedes 10

Audi - 10

12) Fiat - 6

Mitsubushi - 6

14) Jaguar - 4

15) Honda - 3

15 most commonly stolen vehicle models in Cambridgeshire:

1)= BMW 3 Series - 18

Ford Transit - 18

3) Vauxhall Astra - 17

4) Vauxhall Corsa - 13

5) Ford Mondeo - 11

6) Mercedes Sprinter - 10

7) Ford Focus - 9

8) Vauxhall Vectra - 8

9)= Land Rover Defender - 6

Nissan Micra - 6

Peugeot 206 - 6

12)= Renault Clio - 5

Ford Fiesta - 5

Vauxhall Vivaro - 5

15) Ford Escort - 4

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