October 06, 2017 at 5:06 PM
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.