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TRACKER Names Mercedes-Benz C Class As The Most Stolen And Recovered Vehicle In 2017

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The 2017 league table of Top Ten Most Stolen and Recovered Vehicles, from TRACKER (part of the Tantalum Corporation), places the Mercedes-Benz C Class in poll position for the first time, rising from 4th place in 2016.  The BMW X5 drops to second place as it leaves the top spot for only the second time since 2011.*

The 2016 Top Ten, like many previous years, was entirely dominated by prestige models from Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Land Rover, but analysis of TRACKER’s 2017 data sees Volkswagen enter the league table for the first time since the report was first published in 2011, with its VW Golf in 9th position.   Mercedes-Benz E Class rises from 5th to 4th place, followed by the BMW 3 Series moving from 6th to 5th.  The Land Rover Discovery reappears in the Top Ten, coming in 6th – last appearing in 2014.  Audi also makes a return with the Audi RS4 taking tenth place.

The Land Rover Defender, which last rolled off the production line 2 years ago, has also disappeared from TRACKER’s league table, having featured in the Top Ten for the first time in 2016, taking 9th position.  Also proving less desirable amongst thieves is the Range Rover Vogue, which is no longer featured in the league table.

TRACKER saw a 5% year-on-year increase in vehicle thefts and recoveries in 2017, with the total value of vehicles stolen recovered in 2017 exceeding 12.5 million.  There has been a 30% increase in the number of stolen vehicles recovered by TRACKER since 2014.

The average value of stolen vehicles has remained relatively static from 2016 to 2017, increasing slightly from £16,436 in 2016 to £16,977.26 last year. The most valuable stolen vehicle TRACKER recovered in 2017 was a Rolls Royce Phantom worth around £120k, and the least valuable was a Vauxhall Signum Elite worth just £1,500.  30% of vehicles stolen in 2017 were worth less than £5,000, slightly up from 27% in 2016.

Andy Barrs, Head of Police Liaison at TRACKER (part of the Tantalum Corporation) says, “It’s fair to say that criminals continued to stay one step ahead of manufacturers in 2017. ‘Relay attack’ is one method car thieves increasingly adopted last year, which involves two criminals working together using an electronic signal relay to intercept a key fob signal from within the victim’s home.  Cars are being stolen and driven off within seconds.

“80% of all vehicles stolen and recovered by TRACKER in 2017 were stolen without using the owner’s keys, quite a significant increase from the 66% stolen by this means in 2016.  Of course, a TRACKER device won’t prevent your vehicle from being stolen, but if it is, it will significantly increase the chances of the vehicle being recovered quickly and returned by the police.

“We have a unique partnership with UK police forces and 2017 saw our technology assist officers to make 47 arrests.  Together, TRACKER, car owners and the police are closing in on criminals and clamping down on vehicle theft.”

Unlike other stolen vehicle recovery devices, TRACKER’s unique technology can locate vehicles anywhere, even when they are hidden in a garage or shipping container. TRACKER has been reuniting car lovers with their vehicles for 25 years, and it’s this expertise which makes TRACKER the leader in stolen vehicle recovery.
TRACKER’S TOP TEN MOST STOLEN AND RECOVERED

Top Models Stolen & Recovered in 2017
1.     Mercedes-Benz C Class
2.     BMW X5
3.     Range Rover Sport
4.     Mercedes-Benz E Class
5.     BMW 3 Series
6.     Land Rover Discovery
7.     Range Rover Autobiography
8.     BMW M3
9.     VW Golf
10.   Audi RS4
Top Models Stolen & Recovered in 2016
1.     BMW X5
2.     Range Rover Sport
3.     BMW M3
4.     Mercedes-Benz C Class
5.     Mercedes-Benz E Class
6.     BMW 3 Series
7.     Range Rover Autobiography
8.     Range Rover Vogue
9.     Land Rover Defender
10.   BMW 5 Series
Top Manufacturers Stolen in 2017
1.     Mercedes-Benz
2.     BMW
3.     Land Rover / Ranger Rover
4.     Audi
5.     Volkswagen

TRACKER 2017 RECOVERY HIGHLIGHTS

  • First VW appearance in the Top Ten league table since its first publication in 2011
  • TRACKER stolen and recovered vehicles, were worth a total of more than £12.5million in 2017
  • TRACKER helped make 47 arrests in 2017
  • 85 stolen vehicles not fitted with TRACKER devices were also recovered alongside TRACKER-recovered vehicles
  • The average value of a vehicle recovered by TRACKER in 2017 was £16,977.26
  • The busiest month for stolen vehicle recovery was August, with 87 vehicles recovered worth a total of nearly £1.4 million

*The TRACKER Top Ten Most Stolen and Recovered league table was first published in 2011.

Source: Tracker

96% OF CAR OWNERS VULNERABLE TO A RELAY ATTACK BY CRIMINALS TRACKER urges motorists to safeguard their keys to prevent theft

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According to the latest figures from TRACKER (part of the Tantalum Corporation), 96% of motorists it surveyed are at risk of having their car stolen by criminals using the latest theft technique – a relay attack.   In 2016, 66% of TRACKER’s stolen vehicle recovery customer thefts’ were committed by way of a ‘relay attack’, confirming just how prevalent this crime has become.

Not only are so many people vulnerable to the risk of theft via this means, 25% of those surveyed by TRACKER said they leave their car keys somewhere in the hallway overnight.  This is the most common room in the house for thieves to target to intercept an electronic car key’s signal, and it’s where the signal is likely to be strongest because of its proximity to the vehicle itself.

A ‘relay attack’ is a new method used by car thieves, which involves two criminals working together using electronic signal relay devices.  Just recently, CCTV footage obtained by West Midlands Police of a theft of a Mercedes2, confirmed just how easily criminals can use a device to receive the car key signal from inside the victim’s home, transferring that signal to the second box, which is placed next to the car. The car’s system is tricked into thinking the key is there, allowing thieves to unlock the vehicle and drive away within minutes.

The TRACKER survey shows that 13% of people leave their keys on the hallway table, which is as good as leaving the door open for thieves. A quarter (25%) leave their keys in a dedicated key pot or on a key hook elsewhere downstairs, whilst 15% put them in a drawer in a downstairs room.  Although putting keys in a drawer means they are out of sight should an opportunistic burglar be on the prowl, it won’t protect them from a relay attack should a techno savvy car thief be lurking outside.

“We’re seeing more and more of these relay attacks taking place across the country,” explains Andy Barrs, Head of Police Liaison at TRACKER. “It’s clear from our survey that many people are unintentionally leaving themselves vulnerable to these kinds of attack, by putting their keys in easy reach of  relay devices.

“The good news is there are simple precautions people can take. Whilst the relay devices can receive signals through walls, doors and windows, metal is its enemy, so putting keys in a metal tin or the microwave is a cost effective way to thwart the criminals.  Alternatively, invest in a metallised signal blocking pouch, such as a Faraday wallet, which is designed to shield electronic keys from relay attacks.

“It’s also worth remembering that vehicle security should be multi-layered and shouldn’t just rely on the keyless security system. Physical barriers, such as crook locks and wheel clamps will deter thieves. And whilst investing in a tracking device won’t stop a car being stolen, it can significantly increase the chances of police locating it and returning it to the rightful owner. This, plus added vigilance, dramatically contributes to keeping thieves at bay.”

Unlike other devices, TRACKER’s unique technology can locate stolen vehicles anywhere, even when they are hidden in a garage or shipping container. TRACKER has been reuniting car lovers with their vehicles for nearly 25 years, and it’s this expertise which makes TRACKER the leader in stolen vehicle recovery. TRACKER stolen vehicle recovery systems work like an electronic homing device. A covert transmitter is hidden in one of several dozen places around the vehicle. There is no visible aerial, so the thief won’t even know it’s there.

Where do you typically leave your car keys at night?

1.     In the hallway – either on a table or in a bag or coat pocket                                25%

2.     A dedicated key pot or key hook elsewhere in the house                                   25%

3.     In a draw downstairs                                                                                           16%

4.     In my bedroom                                                                                                       12%

5.     A combination of 1-4 above                                                                                  10%

6.     Somewhere in the house – I usually have to hunt for them in the morning          8%

7.     A metal container to ensure it is protected from a relay attack                            4%

 

TRACKER’S TOP TIPS ON HOW TO AVOID VEHICLE THEFT

Check it’s locked. Always double check that your car is physically secure and alarmed, when using keyless locking systems. Wait to see the flashing hazard lights confirm it’s locked. Thieves frequently lie in wait and block locking signals as owners walk away from their cars.

Keep keys out of sight.  Leaving keys in the hallway or on the kitchen worktop means thieves can break in and swipe them quickly, before driving off in your car. Put them in a drawer or out of sight in a bag, at least.

 

Block electronic key fob signals.  A faraday wallet is designed to shield electronic car keys from relay attacks – a new theft technique that involves extending a key fob’s signal by relaying it from one device to another.   But you could also put them in a metal tin or microwave overnight to protect them from a relay attack.

Add layers of security.  Physical barriers can be effective in deterring thieves. Consider adding a crook lock or wheel clamp to your car. Alternatively, a driveway parking post or just locked gates can stop thieves in their tracks.

Install a ‘ghost immobiliser’.  For another layer of protection, add a secondary barrier to your car’s factory fitted immobiliser by having a unique access code to start your car.

Invest in a tracking device. A tracking device won’t stop your vehicle being stolen, but it significantly increases chances of police recovering and returning it, if thieves do take it.

Source: Tracker

 

Over Half A Million Pounds Of Stolen Light Commercial Vehicles Recovered In 2016

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  • Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV) worth over half a million pounds were recovered by TRACKER in 2016
  • The average LCV value was £19,333
  • 44% of the vehicles were stolen using the owner’s keys and 44% of them were stolen and recovered in London
  • The Ford Transit accounted for over 50% of all LCVs recovered by TRACKER

According to the latest figures from TRACKER (part of the Tantalum Corporation,) Light Commercial Vehicles (LCVs) made up over half a million pounds of the overall recoveries in 2016. The Ford Transit was the most popular van stolen last year and accounted for over half of the LCV recoveries made by TRACKER. The stolen vehicle recovery (SVR) expert is urging business owners to ramp up the security on their vans.

The latest figures reveal the average value of vans stolen and recovered was £19,333, with 44% being stolen using the owner’s keys. Furthermore, London was the hot spot for van thieves in 2016 as 44% were stolen in the Capital.

Andy Barrs, Head of Police Liaison at TRACKER, comments, “A high number of vans are stolen in the UK every year, and our latest figures highlight just how much of an impact this can have on businesses. Nearly five and a half thousand Ford Transits were stolen in the UK last year, which is a thousand more than the previous year. Additionally, Mercedes Sprinters are proving to be equally as attractive to organised criminal gangs.

“The theft of a van can hit companies really hard regardless of their size, such as the loss of valuable tools and equipment, loss of business and costs associated with hiring a replacement, so van operators really need to consider protecting their vehicles with TRACKER’s market leading SVR technology.”

Unlike other stolen vehicle recovery devices, TRACKER’s unique technology can locate vehicles anywhere, even when they are hidden in a garage or shipping container. TRACKER has been reuniting car lovers with their vehicles for nearly 25 years, and it’s this expertise which makes TRACKER the leader in stolen vehicle recovery.

“Although using a TRACKER may not stop vehicles from being stolen in the first place, it dramatically increases the likelihood of it being recovered before it’s too late,” concludes Andy Barrs.

Source: Tracker

Prestige cars no longer passé with car thieves

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A whopping 32% of all stolen vehicles recovered by TRACKER in 2016 were valued at less than £5,000.  The age, mileage and even brand of a vehicle doesn’t appear to matter to vehicle thieves as much as motorists may think, which should serve as a stark warning to the average car owner, advises stolen vehicle recovery expert, TRACKER.

Interestingly, confirming the demise of the prestige car as the thieves’ number one target, the average value of cars stolen and recovered by TRACKER in 2016 was just over £16,000, down from over £19,000 in 2015 – a 13% drop in value.  Over £11.5 million worth of stolen vehicles were returned by TRACKER to their rightful owners last year, a notable 10% year-on-year increase for TRACKER.

Whilst the most expensive car recovered by TRACKER in 2016 was a Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG worth £120,000, the reality is that less than 1% of stolen vehicles TRACKER recovers are worth between £75,000-£120,000.

Andy Barrs, Head of Police Liaison at TRACKER and a former Chief Superintendent for South Yorkshire Police, comments, “Understandably, many vehicle owners think that organised car thieves typically target high end prestige cars. Yet our data tells us that criminals continue to target more affordable, popular brands, such as Ford, Vauxhall, and VW models. Indeed, these were stolen in record numbers last year, with the lowest value car stolen and recovered being a VW Golf worth £400.

“If people think their car isn’t worth enough for thieves to steal it, think again. 3 out of 4 stolen cars we recovered were worth less than £20,000.  The message for all motorists is to protect their car from thieves or as we say at TRACKER – if you love it, track it!”

Unlike other devices, TRACKER’s unique technology can locate stolen vehicles anywhere, even when they are hidden in a garage or shipping container. TRACKER has been reuniting car lovers with their vehicles for over 20 years, and it’s this expertise which makes TRACKER the leader in stolen vehicle recovery. TRACKER stolen vehicle recovery systems work like an electronic homing device. A covert transmitter is hidden in one of several dozen places around the vehicle. There is no visible aerial, so the thief won’t even know it’s there.

London remains top spot for stolen and recovered cars in 2016

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According to the latest stolen vehicle recovery (SVR) figures for 2016 from TRACKER (part of the Tantalum Corporation), London continues to top the list of regions where cars were most stolen and recovered. Essex comes in second, ousting Greater Manchester which moves down to seventh place.

The most popular car among London’s thieves is the BMW X5, which also hit the most popular stolen and recovered lists in Essex, the West Midlands and Merseyside; the BMW X5 was the most stolen and recovered car of 2016 overall.  The most expensive stolen car that was recovered in 2016 was a Mercedes Benz from London worth £120,000.  TRACKER’s figures also reveal that a Mercedes C Class worth £2,000 was the least expensive car stolen in London in 2016, proving that thieves don’t just target the cars of the rich and famous.

“London is the theft and recovery hot spot for the fifth year running, proving that the Capital is a major draw for criminals,” explains Andy Barrs, Head of Police Liaison at TRACKER. “However, there have been some interesting shifts in regional theft and recovery activity when we compare 2016 to 2015.  Leicestershire – which tied 10th with Lancashire in 2015 – and Hertfordshire have both disappeared from the 2016 league table and South Yorkshire makes an entry at 9th place. West Yorkshire jumps up the table to 5th place, joining Kent. Surrey, like London, remains static at 6th place.”

“What’s also important to note is that the average value of vehicles stolen and recovered dropped to £16,436, down from over £19,000 in 2015. Thieves also target more affordable, yet popular brands, such as Ford, Vauxhall, and VW models which are stolen in even greater numbers.

“Although a TRACKER device won’t prevent a vehicle from being stolen, it’s clear from our figures that they do increase the chances of it being recovered and returned by the police. We continue to work closely with all UK police forces and in 2016 we assisted with 62 arrests, helping to close the net on the criminals.”

Unlike other devices, TRACKER’s unique technology can locate stolen vehicles anywhere, even when they are hidden in a garage or shipping container. TRACKER has been reuniting car lovers with their vehicles for over 20 years, and it’s this expertise which makes TRACKER the leader in stolen vehicle recovery.

TRACKER’S TOP TEN REGIONS WHERE CARS ARE STOLEN AND RECOVERED
2016 2015
1. London and Greater London 1. London and Greater London
2. Essex 2. Greater Manchester
3. West Midlands 3. West Midlands
4 & 5. = West Yorkshire/Kent 4. Essex
6. Surrey 5. Kent
7. Greater Manchester 6. Surrey
8. Merseyside 7. West Yorkshire
9. South Yorkshire 8. Hertfordshire
10. Lancashire 9. Merseyside
10. = Lancashire/Leicestershire
Source; Tracker

BMW X5 reclaims reign as most ‘stolen and recovered’ car in 2016 reports TRACKER

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According to the latest figures from TRACKER (part of the Tantalum Corporation), the prestige 4×4, BMW X5, reclaimed its place as the most stolen and recovered vehicle in 2016.  BMW, Range Rover and Mercedes-Benz models dominated the 2016 TRACKER Top 10 Most Stolen and Recovered league table, but the Land Rover Defender entered the league for the first time, confirming a rise in demand since its production stopped in January of last year.  Audi falls out of the league table for the first time since 2011*.

2015 was the first time in the last 8 years when the BMW X5 didn’t hit the top spot; it was ousted by the Range Rover Sport which returned to second place in 2016. Four BMW models feature in the 2016 table, with the BMW M3 making a return appearance at third place; it dropped out of the table last year. The Range Rover Autobiography moves up to seventh place and the Range Roger Vogue drops to eighth.

In 2016, TRACKER reported a year-on-year increase of over 10% in the total volume of stolen cars it recovered; over £11.5 million worth of stolen vehicles were returned to their rightful owners. Andy Barrs, Head of Police Liaison at TRACKER explains, “Our latest figures reveal a shift in the most desirable makes and models that thieves are stealing to order, but 4x4s remain the most popular type of vehicles for thieves.  However, with the Mercedes C and E Class sitting in fourth and fifth, respectively, premium executive cars are also proving to be a target for criminals.”

The most expensive stolen car recovered by TRACKER in 2016 was a Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG worth £120,000, followed by a Range Rover Autobiography and a Porsche 993, both worth £100,000.

“However, it’s important to note that the average value of vehicles stolen and recovered dropped to an average of £16,436, down from over £19,000 in 2015,” continues Andy Barrs.  “Thieves continued to target more affordable, yet popular brands, such as Ford, Vauxhall, and VW models, which were stolen in even greater numbers in 2016.  27% of all vehicles recovered by TRACKER in 2016 were valued at less than £5,000, including a VW Golf worth £400.

“1 in 3 vehicles recovered by TRACKER were stolen using the owner’s keys.  Although a TRACKER device won’t prevent a vehicle from being stolen, it’s clear from our figures that they significantly increase the chances of it being recovered and returned by the police. We continue to work closely with all UK police forces and in 2016 we assisted with 62 arrests, helping to close the net on the criminals.”

Unlike other stolen vehicle recovery devices, TRACKER’s unique technology can locate vehicles anywhere, even when they are hidden in a garage or shipping container. TRACKER has been reuniting car lovers with their vehicles for over 23 years, and it’s this expertise which makes TRACKER the leader in stolen vehicle recovery.

*The first The TRACKER Top Ten Most Stolen and Recovered League Table was published in 2011

TRACKER’S TOP TEN MOST STOLEN AND RECOVERED
TRACKER 2016 RECOVERY HIGHLIGHTS
Top Models Stolen in 2016 Top Models Stolen in 2015
1. BMW X5 1. Range Rover Sport
2. Range Rover Sport 2. BMW X5
3. BMW M3 3. Range Rover Vogue
4. Mercedes C Class 4. Mercedes C220
5. Mercedes E Class 5. BMW 3 Series
6. BMW 3 Series 6. Mercedes C63
7. Range Rover Autobiography 7. BMW 5 Series
8. Range Rover Vogue 8. Audi RS4
9. Land Rover Defender 9. Range Rover Biography
10. BMW 5 Series 10. Audi Q7
  • TRACKER recovered over £11.5million worth of vehicles in 2016
  • Average value of cars recovered in 2016 was £16,436 a decrease of £2,919, compared to 2015
  • A total of 62 arrests were made in 2016
  • 86 vehicles not fitted with a TRACKER device were also recovered alongside TRACKER recovered vehicles
  • January was the busiest month in 2016 with 74 recoveries in total worth £1,374,500
 Source: Tracker

TRACKER helps police recover Range Rover within just 20 minutes of being stolen

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Police in Northumbria were able to recover a stolen Range Rover Sport HSE Luxury worth around £35,000 within just twenty minutes thanks to the help of TRACKER, the UK’s leading provider of stolen vehicle solutions (SVR). Once police were notified of the theft, TRACKER, part of the Tantalum Corporation, activated the device, leading them straight to the missing vehicle in record breaking time. The Range Rover was found with false plates attached in Durham where police were able to stop the thieves in their tracks.

Martin Collins, a builder from Sunderland, had a shock when he discovered that his Range Rover Sport had been stolen from outside his home in the early hours of the morning, along with his work van, a Transit Tipper. Thieves had broken into his house and taken both sets of keys and made away with the two vehicles. Not only this, but the work van contained all of Martin’s tools that he needed to run his business.

Fortunately, the Range Rover was fitted with a TRACKER unit, which was crucial in locating the stolen vehicle. Police were able to track down the thieves within twenty minutes of the burglary and return the vehicle to its rightful owner. Although the Transit Tipper was not fitted with a tracking device, police had the theft on file and a couple of days later noticed a driver acting suspiciously in the same area. After pulling the driver over they realised that the van was in fact the vehicle that belonged to Martin Collins.

Commenting on the successful recovery, Martin Collins says, “Without TRACKER I would have lost both my car and my van for good. Losing my car was one thing, as it had a number of my personal possessions inside, but losing the van as well would have been devastating for my business as a builder. Both the tools and the van would have been expensive to replace and there would have been a knock on effect on my future insurance premiums. The thefts overall would have had a significant impact financially. I was very impressed with the service that I received from TRACKER, and would now recommend it to anybody who owns a car. All my vehicles, especially my work vans, will be fitted with a tracking device from now on.”

Adrian Davenport, Police Liaison Manager for TRACKER, adds, “Once again TRACKER’s unique relationship with the police has helped to close the net on criminals. This case in particular highlights the value of having a tracking device fitted to your vehicle, as not only does it mean that police have a chance of returning a stolen car, but it also means that other possessions, such as work tools and business reputation, can be protected. A TRACKER unit won’t stop your car being stolen, but it can significantly increase the chances of police finding it if thieves do take it.”

Unlike other devices, TRACKER’s unique technology can locate stolen vehicles anywhere, even when they are hidden in a garage or shipping container. TRACKER has been reuniting car lovers with their vehicles for almost 25 years, and it’s this expertise which makes TRACKER the leader in stolen vehicle recovery. TRACKER stolen vehicle recovery systems work like an electronic homing device. A covert transmitter is hidden in one of several dozen places around the vehicle. There is no visible aerial, so the thief won’t even know it’s there.

Source: Tracker Network (UK) Ltd

TRACKER unveils the top ten regions where cars were most stolen and recovered in 2015

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The latest stolen vehicle recovery (SVR) figures for 2015 from TRACKER (part of the Tantalum Corporation), reveal that London continues to top the list of regions where cars were most stolen and recovered.   Year-on-year TRACKER saw a 12% increase in the number of stolen vehicles recovered across the UK in 2015, equating to nearly £12.5 million worth of vehicles being returned to their owners.

Londoners love Land Rover.  Three Range Rover models dominated SVR figures within London – the Sport, Vogue and Autobiography – but they also appear in TRACKER’s ‘UK top 10 most stolen and recovered’ table demonstrating the popularity of the brand with thieves across the UK.  The highly desirable Range Rover Sport was the UK’s most stolen and recovered vehicle in 2015.

Greater Manchester held the second highest number of stolen and recovered cars in 2015 after the capital, knocking Essex off the number 2 spot that it held in 2014.   Models from the Mercedes-Benz range of vehicles were the most commonly stolen and recovered in Greater Manchester.  The Mercedes Benz C220 and the Mercedes Benz C63 both feature in the UK’s top 10 most stolen and recovered’ table.    The Mercedes Benz C63 climbs six places to number four, having entered the top 10 last year.

West Midlands retains 3rd position for the second year in a row, where BMWs were the most stolen and recovered.  The BMW X5 had held the number one most stolen and recovered spot across the UK for the last 6 years, until the Range Rover Sport knocked it off poll position.  The BMW 3 and 5 series make a re-appearance in the league table after a number of years’ absence, last listed in 2013 and 2009 respectively.

Regions in the south east of England dominated the list including Essex, Kent, Surrey and Hertfordshire, where BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Land Rover were favoured in equal measure by thieves.

West Yorkshire and Merseyside represent the north of England; Merseyside reappears in the league table for the first time in a couple of years where Audi was most recorded as stolen and recovered; The Audi Q7 also makes its first appearance in the nationwide league table, coming in 10th.   In joint tenth place for regional hot spots were Lancashire and Leicestershire; Leicestershire replaces Lanarkshire which disappears from the top ten list in 2015.

Comments Andy Barrs, Head of Police Liaison at TRACKER.  “Our analysis highlights some interesting consumer manufacturer preferences by region, as well as an overall shift in the most desirable makes and models that thieves are stealing to order, with 4x4s dominating our top ten.”

“However, whilst it’s common for car thieves to target premium marques, we should not underestimate the massive appetite for Ford, Vauxhall, and VW models which are stolen in even greater numbers, but which most owners do not protect by fit tracking devices.”  Concludes Andy Barrs;  “A Home Office Report published in January this year suggests that fitting a tracking device could be the best solution against criminals succeeding in selling on stolen vehicles.”

By using its unique VHF technology, TRACKER stolen vehicle recovery (SVR) units can overcome potential theft recovery hurdles such as concealment in underground garages or shipping containers.  Crucially, the use of GPS/GSM technology also means it can beat signal jamming, a common tactic employed by professional criminals.

TRACKER’S TOP TEN MOST STOLEN AND RECOVERED

2014 2015
Top ten cars by make and model most frequently stolen and recovered
  1. BMW X5
  2. Mercedes C Class
  3. Range Rover Sport
  4. Mercedes Benz E Class
  5. Land Rover Discovery
  6. BMW M3
  7. Range Rover Vogue
  8. Audi RS4
  9. Mercedes Benz ML
  10. Mercedes Benz C63
  1. Range Rover Sport
  2. BMW X5
  3. Range Rover Vogue
  4. Mercedes Benz C220
  5. BMW 3 Series
  6. Mercedes Benz C63
  7. BMW 5 Series
  8. Audi RS4
  9. Range Rover Autobiography
  10. Audi Q7

TRACKER’S TOP TEN REGIONS WHERE CARS ARE STOLEN AND RECOVERED

2014 2015
1. Greater London and London
2. Essex
3. West Midlands
4 & 5. = Surrey/Greater Manchester
6. Kent
7 & 8. = West Yorkshire/Hertfordshire
9 & 10. = Lancashire/Lanarkshire
1. Greater London
2. Greater Manchester
3. West Midlands
4. Essex
5. Kent
6. Surrey
7. West Yorkshire
8. Hertfordshire
9. Merseyside
10. = Lancashire/Leicestershire
 Source: Tracker

 

Trackers mesh network technology helps to recovery Mercedes

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TRACKER works alongside Manchester police to recover Mercedes worth £42,000

Date: 15 April 2015

TRACKER (part of the Tantalum Corporation), the leading stolen vehicle recovery (SVR) provider, recently played a key role in helping Manchester Police recover a stolen Mercedes A45 AMG. Valued at £42,000, the vehicle was reported missing by a neighbour, who saw the burglary take place at the owner’s house in Broadheath. Luckily, the car was fitted with a tracking device and the silent signal emitted led police to the stolen vehicle.

The Mercedes A45 AMG’s big price tag made it a key target for the thieves, who also stole a Rolex watch and other valuables when they broke into the owner’s home. Fortunately, once the tracking device on the vehicle was activated, police received a signal via TRACKER’s Mesh Network, and they were able to locate the vehicle whilst it was still on the move in Manchester.

The Mesh Network takes advantage of vehicles fitted with TRACKER SVR devices, which in essence ‘listen’ out for reported stolen vehicles that have a TRACKER device fitted. This brings drivers together to create a UK wide network of ‘listening vehicles’ which can help pinpoint the location of a stolen vehicle fitted with TRACKER.  Both drivers are totally unaware that the stolen vehicle has been identified by TRACKER’s Mesh Network.

“Our close working relationship with the UK police forces means we are able to close the net on thieves who target high value vehicles,” explains Adrian Davenport, Police Liaison Manager for TRACKER. “Our unique combination of GSM, VHF and GPS technology means we can help police locate vehicles, even if they are hidden underground, in a garage or a shipping container.

“Although a tracking device won’t stop a car being stolen, it does increase the chances of police recovering and returning the vehicle to its owner. With thieves targeting high value vehicles, by getting around in-built security systems and finding new ways to hide them, TRACKER’s technology offers car owners a greater level of protection than any of its competitors and helps police tackle car theft head on.”

Mark Diamond, Tactical Vehicle Intercept Unit at Greater Manchester Police, adds, “Luckily for the owner of this Mercedes the vehicle had a tracking device fitted, as many owners may not realise the importance of having one installed. This was crucial in helping us locate and recover the vehicle. We’ve seen an increase in the number of high value cars being stolen, as criminals find clever ways to hide them. However, TRACKER’s technology helps officers on the ground launch a quick response to a signal, helping us locate vehicles and make arrests.”

Source: Tracker