Advanced car security to blame for rise in vehicle thefts

Figures seen by RAC Insurance suggest that advances in car security technology including immobilisers, keys and car alarms are actually making vehicles more vulnerable to thieves due to savvy criminals bypassing manufacturers

Figures seen by RAC Insurance suggest that advances in car security technology including immobilisers, keys and car alarms are actually making vehicles more vulnerable to thieves with savvy criminals bypassing manufacturers' security systems

A recent Freedom of Information request to forty police forces across England and Wales found that 85,688 vehicles were stolen in 2016 - an increase of more than 20,000 in 2013.

A total of 29,496 vehicles were stolen in London last year - accounting for a third of all reported thefts in the capital, making it the area with the most car thefts in 2016. However, London only saw a 29% rise in car thefts between 2013 to 2016, whilst West Yorkshire saw the largest increase in car thefts (58%).

RAC Insurance director Mark Godfrey said: "We fear thieves are now becoming more and more well equipped with technology capable of defeating car manufacturers' anti-theft systems."

Police forces who reported a decrease in stolen vehicles in 2016 compared to 2013 included Devon & Cornwall, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Suffolk, Derbyshire and Cheshire.

Read the full story from the RAC here.

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