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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.

Ford Transit 2015 Golden Convoy

Online shopping drives growing van sales reveals Ford

Ford Transit 2015 Golden ConvoyVan-dependent businesses contributed £120 billion to the UK economy in 2014 – a rise of 16% on 2010 and a similar amount to the entire Swiss economy.

It’s the growth in online shopping that’s a key driver in the expansion of businesses dependent on vans, says Ford.

The firm commissioned a study from the Centre for Economics and Business Research for the Transit’s 50th year, to find out the economic impact of the van sector it helped create in 1965.

This reports that van-dependent businesses inject more than the UK national deficit into the economy annually, leading Ford of Europe COO Barb Samardzich to comment that people don’t realise just how important vans are for the overall economy.

More so than ever, she believes. “As our economy changes and evolves – with shifts to online shopping for example – demand for Transit is only rising.”

Indeed, the on-going growth in online shopping means Ford van sales are up 27% on a year ago: every 1 in 4 CVs sold in Britain wears a Ford Transit badge (and, with 2.5 million registered in the UK, it’s been the best-selling van every year since its introduction).

In the CEBR also found economic benefits from van usage extends to the tax contribution to public finances.

British van drivers drove 64 billion miles last year, for example, a rise of 20% on 2008.

Fuel duty contribution to the UK economy? A cool £5 billion…

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