Thieves are now using high-tech devices to sidestep modern security systems
According to new figures, vehicle theft in the UK has risen by 30% over the past three years, as thieves now have the ability to sidestep modern security systems with the use of high-tech devices.
In 2016, more than 85,000 vehicles in England and Wales were stolen compared to 66,000 in 2013.
The RAC gathered their figures by way of a Freedom of Information request and found that the 30% rise was slightly up by almost a third because thieves are now using high-tech devices to sidestep modern security systems.
As a result, the use of anti-theft devices such as steering locks could potentially make a comeback to help prevent car thieves from stealing our vehicles.
The figures showed that more vehicles were stolen in London compared to anywhere else in the country and in 2016, the Metropolitan Police had to deal with 26,496 vehicle thefts – almost one third of all reported thefts and up from 20,565 in 2013.
The West Midlands had the second highest vehicle thefts with 5,930, whilst West Yorkshire was third on 5,597 stolen vehicles and West Yorkshire Police have seen an increase in reported vehicle thefts of 57% over the past four years.
According to the Society of Motor Manufacturing and Traders (SMMT), new cars “have never been more secure and the latest technology has helped bring down theft dramatically.”
They did say that the number of vehicle thefts do only represent 0.3% of the total vehicle population in the UK and also added:”However, technology can only do so much and we continue to call for stronger safeguards to prevent the sale of cloning technologies, signal blocking and other devices that have no legal purpose.”
Theft from inside vehicles has also increased during the past 12 months – 250,000 break-ins were recorded showing an increase of 8% compared to the previous year.
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