Ford Transit 2009

Ford Transit van is most-stolen vehicle in the UK

Ford Transit 2009Ford Transit van owners are being warned their vehicles are potentially at increased risk as stolen vehicle recovery firm Tracker reveals the Ford best-seller is the most-stolen vehicle in the UK.

What’s more, only 1 in 3 stolen Transit vans is ever recovered, compared to a national average of more than 1 in 2 cars.

Another van came in second for Britain’s most-stolen vehicles: the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter came in at number two.

Tracker says that many vehicles are not recovered because thieves break them down for spare parts to be individually sold on.

“Whilst Ford Transit vans are the sixth most popular vehicle on the road, they are the most commonly stolen,” said Tracker’s head of Police liaison Andy Barrs.

“This means that the number of Transits stolen is disproportionate to the number of vehicles on the road, which is bad news for sole traders and small businesses who rely on their vehicle for work.”

Tracker figures show 11,000 recorded Ford vehicle thefts in 2015 – and half of these were Transit vans. 10% of them happened in the West Midlands alone, while in West Yorkshire, the total value of stolen Ford Transits was more than £7.5 million.

As for the age of models, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter built between 2013-2015 are particularly at risk, while it’s older Transits built between 2006-2011 that thieves are targeting.

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