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


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.

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


  • 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

UK Government Telematics Incentive

Vehicle telematics agreement to improve safety and save money for the public sector

The UK Government has launched a vehicle telematics agreement to help the public sector improve fleet safety and efficiency.

This brand new agreement has been developed to help organisations manage their fleets more effectively by improving safety and efficiency through the use of telematics technology.

Telematics enable fleet managers to monitor things like fuel consumption, vehicle tracking and driver behaviour. This data can then be used to look at ways to make significant cost reductions based on the whole life cost of vehicles.

The agreement was developed in conjunction with police, ambulance, local government and central government customers and features a range of suppliers, all of which are small and medium sized businesses.

The benefits of vehicle telematics for public sector organisations can be significant:

  • vehicle tracking supports the management of risk, driver safety (including two-way communication), work planning and vehicle usage
  • potential reduction of insurance premiums
  • better understanding of driver behaviour can help improve safety by identifying driver training needs
  • reduction in emissions through effective driver behaviour management, fuel consumption efficiency and future vehicle selection
  • aids whole life cost analysis and management by tracking servicing, maintenance and repair costs on vehicles
  • for vehicles which are in private user schemes, telematics can help distinguish between operational and private use to help with expenses and tax returns
  • supports duty of care and regulatory compliance, for example, tracking drivers who drive for long periods of time.

Through the realisation of these benefits we expect public sector organisations to be able to save £3 for every £1 invested.

Find out more about the new agreement and how it can help you improve your fleet safety and efficiency

If you would like advice on any of our innovative fleet management solutions or help understanding which options best meet your specific needs, please get in touch with our category experts:

Source: UK Government

Co-Star supply tamper evident blade fuse holders for telematics application

IMG_1061Co-Star, the UK based mobile communications company have helped a vehicle telematics installation company who install tracking & monitoring devices for fleet management applications come up with a solution for when drivers remove fuses from blade fuse holders to disenable tracking devices.

Vehicle Telematics companies who install fleet management systems face a major problem when the drivers identify the fuse holders & remove the fuses to stop the equipment working to avoid their vehicles being tracked.

The fuses are then replaced when an engineer is called out to investigate the problem which can result in a costly and wasted service for engineers and installation companies. Understandably this is only the minority of drivers who abuse these types of systems, but to overcome this Co-Star have designed a 20 amp in-line mini blade fuse holder which has a fluorescent yellow cable tie inserted through the cap, which can be tied securely around the fuse once fitted making it tamper proof.

Tim Cosgrove of Co-Star said,” Drivers tampering with the fuse holders used on Telematics equipment is a common problem for installation companies so we modified our standard fuse holder by drilling a small hole through the cap and inserting a bright yellow cable tie through the middle which means the only way the fuse can be removed is if the cable tie is cut”. “The yellow cable tie is not a standard product and difficult to get hold of making it extremely unlikely for anyone to attempt to remove it & if they did it would be evident immediately that someone had tampered with it”.

The fuse holders Co-Star used on the project were 20 amp mini blade type which are available with black, red or blue wires.

If you would like any help or advise on similar projects than please call or e-mail Co-Star for more information: t: +44 (0) 1423 340066 e: sales@co-star.co.uk

TRACKER urges car owners not to compromise on security protection

BBC Watchdog (30th October 2014) has yet again put the spotlight on the shocking risk of keyless car theft, as technology widely available on the internet is being taken advantage of by criminals to reprogramme keys of luxury cars within just minutes.

Whilst manufacturers and the motor industry are urgently working together to address the problem, an immediate layer of protection recommended by the SMMT* and the BBC is to invest in a stolen vehicle recovery (SVR) device. However, warns leading SVR expert TRACKER, car owners should be sure to invest in a tracking device that can’t also be beaten by technology – known as jammers – which are also easily available on the internet.Andy Barrs, police liaison officer for TRACKER says:  “The cars most commonly stolen and recovered by TRACKER were all featured in the Watchdog report. But as news spreads of the ease of which reprogramming devices can be bought online, so does the risk of theft of any car reliant upon keyless technology.  It’s not just luxury car owners who should be on their guard.

“Whilst having a tracking device won’t stop your car from being stolen, it will increase the chances of your car being located and recovered by as much as 95%.    However, it is crucial that people recognise that not all tracking devices are the same.   The most successful are those that don’t rely on GPS alone, as these are vulnerable to ‘jamming’ which uses technology designed to block the devices meant to track stolen cars.”

Unlike any other SVR provider, TRACKER combines VHF, GSM and GPS** technology to accurately pinpoint where a stolen vehicle is located.  This combination of technology makes it the most robust tracking device available today – and importantly – immune to GPS and GSM jammers.

“It is not illegal to import, sell, buy or possess systems such as key reprogrammers or jammers, both of which can be used to bypass technology installed in most modern cars,” continues Andy Barrs.  “We strongly advise consumers to choose a system that provides  the most resilient SVR solution which uses unique VHF technology, offering motorists effective safeguards against theft, even if the GPS does fail as a result of jamming .”

TRACKER is the only SVR solution to be used by all of the UK’s police forces which is why installing one of its units can significantly increase the chance of police locating and returning a stolen vehicle.  TRACKER’s 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. Unlike other devices, TRACKER’s unique technology can locate stolen vehicles anywhere, even when they are hidden in a garage, container or underground car park.

Top Cars Most Commonly Stolen & Recovered By TRACKER
1.  BMW X5
2.  BMW M3
3.  Mercedes C Class
4.  Audi S4
5.  BMW M5
6.  BMW 3 Series
7.  Range Rover Sport
8.  Range Rover Vogue, Audi S3
9.  Mercedes E Class, BMW 5 Series, Porsche 911

Source: Tracker

Risk Technology Partners With CHIPIN To Launch New Telematics Solution In Benelux

Vehicle telematics pioneer, Risk Technology, has partnered CHIPIN, a new insurance solutions company, to launch a dynamic pricing Usage Based Insurance (UBI) and Fleet Telematics Solution in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.  Risk Technology’s tried and tested telematics solutions has enabled CHIPIN to move quickly to market with a client-focused insurance product with the label “fairzekering” for consumers. Utilising Risk Technology’s technically advanced patented crash detection and Cloud based driver behaviour technology, CHIPIN’s competitively priced insurance and self-install OBD device enables the driver to view a score based on their driving ability.  Safe drivers will be rewarded with a ‘cashback’ payment of up to 35% of the monthly premium.

A win-win solution for both drivers and insurance companies, the self-install unit is a plug-and-play device that can be set up in minutes by any driver.  It provides diagnostic, maintenance and driver performance information as well as being able to accurately detect a crash.

Chosen by CHIPIN for its technical ability, Risk Technology is providing an end-to-end solution that includes product integration of the OBD Device and multi-network connectivity supplied by Risk Technology’s partners, Novatel Wireless and M2M Intelligence.  The solution includes a ‘white label’ customer portal, admistration portal, patented advanced crash detection function and driver scoring based on a patented algorithm that calculates a driver’s safety score centred around a set of core parameters.

The hi-tech device collects and controls critical data from the vehicle’s on-board diagnostics (OBD-II) port, which supports all five engine OBD-II protocols and securely delivers the information to the Cloud. A highly sensitive 3-axis accelerometer measures driver behaviour whilst a parallel GPS/GNSS satellite location capability, together with Risk Technology’s sophisticated patented technology, can detect and analyse any impact to the vehicle.

Risk Technology’s innovative telematics solution detects driver behaviour by using core paramenters such as vehicle speed, location and harsh breaking together with time, environmental factors and impact data necessary for UBI policy rating and other consumer telematics services. Drivers can access their personal dashboard via a PC or smartphone enabling them to view their journeys and fuel efficiency, compare their driver score with other motorists, allocate business and private mileage for expense reporting and even see when their vehicle needs servicing or an MOT.

“We support our clients with expertise and advice, not only on the core technology but also with software integration and having a single point of contact enables a fast and efficient route to market,” says Mark Packman, Managing Director at Risk Technology.  “We are dedicated to providing technology that not only rewards careful driving but also helps cut fuel usage and provides motorists with cheaper insurance”.
Hans Gerritsen, CEO, Chipin, said: “We want to demonstrate that customers will benefit from UBI, with more safety, less accidents and fair, dynamic pricing.  In co-operation with Risk Technology, which we chose for its advanced platform and technologies, we will deliver and expand this proposition to the Benelux market. We are looking forward to creating a better future for our clients with Risk Technology.”

Source: Risk Technology