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BMW X5 comes in 2nd having held the number one place for six consecutive years

According to the latest figures from TRACKER (part of the Tantalum Corporation), the highly desirable Range Rover Sport was the most stolen and recovered vehicle in 2015, knocking the BMW X5 off the number one spot which it has held for the last 6 years. Year-on-year TRACKER saw a 12% increase in the number of stolen vehicles recovered in 2015, equating to nearly £12.5 million worth of vehicles being returned to their owners.

Three Range Rover models now appear in the ‘TRACKER Top 10 Most Stolen and Recovered’ table – the Sport, Vogue and Autobiography – demonstrating the popularity of the brand with thieves. The Audi Q7 also makes its first appearance, coming in 10th. The BMW 3 and 5 series make a re-appearance after a number of year’s absence, last listed in 2013 and 2009 respectively. The Mercedes Benz C63 climbs six places to number four, having entered the top 10 last year.

“Our latest figures reveal a shift in the most desirable makes and models that thieves are stealing to order, with 4x4s dominating our top ten,” explains Andy Barrs, Head of Police Liaison at TRACKER. “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. A Home Office Report published in January this year points to significant challenges with manufacturer security systems and suggests that fitting a tracking device could be the best solution. Here at TRACKER we urge owners of all cars to consider fitting one of our market-leading VHF technology products.”

“We believe this is down to the growth in keyless car entry and ignitions systems that are prone to hacking; where criminals target these vehicles by bypassing their security systems, using technology they’ve bought on the internet. By working hand in hand with the UK’s police forces, we were able to assist with 65 arrests in 2015, resulting in some of these criminals being taken off our streets.”

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.


Concludes Andy Barrs: “Without question, our devices provide a greater level of defence than any of our competitor’s offerings and we remain committed to continuing to assist police forces across the UK and protecting car owners, by helping to recover many more stolen vehicles and assets in 2016.”

TRACKER’S TOP TEN MOST STOLEN AND RECOVERED
Top ten cars by make and model most frequently stolen and recovered

2014

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

2015

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 2015 RECOVERY HIGHLIGHTS

• A total of 65 arrests were made in 2015
• Nearly 100 other vehicles not fitted with a TRACKER device were also recovered alongside TRACKER recovered vehicles.
• September was the busiest month with 69 recoveries in total worth £1,469,000
• The most expensive car recovered in 2015 was a £150,000 Jaguar E-Type
• Average value of cars recovered in 2015 was £19,355, a decrease of £6,244 compared to 2014
• TRACKER has now recovered over £500million worth of vehicles to date

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Notes to Editors
• TRACKER, part of the Tantalum Corporation, has been leading the way in the field of vehicle tracking and telematics since 1993. With over a million market leading security and award winning fleet management systems fitted to vehicles including passenger cars, motorcycles, HGVs, LCVs and plant and construction equipment, TRACKER is still leading the way.
• TRACKER with the police has to date recovered over £500 million worth of stolen vehicles and continues to recover on average £1 million worth of stolen vehicles each month.
• With over a million systems installed to date, its award-winning products ensure its customers have complete peace of mind.
• Tantalum Corporation is one of Europe’s top ‘connected vehicle’ companies addressing some 500,000 vehicles.
• Tantalum's products have the capability to analyse real time data from over 270 data points within a vehicle, with patented algorithms. The company has established B2B relationships with fleets, insurers, auto manufacturers, Tier 1 customers and the UK police force.
• Tantalum Corporation ranked 14th in the 2015 Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100, which ranks Britain’s 100 fastest-growing private technology, media and telecoms companies by sales over the latest three years

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