has today named the five cars with the highest risk of being stolen here in the UK in 2016. The unfortunate winner of this prize by some margin is the Porsche 911 Carrera 4S, according to the statistics 1 in every 6 Carrera 4S flags up with a stolen warning.

One on every corner just waiting to be stolen

I know what you’re thinking, how exactly did the 911 end up at the top of the pile, let’s be honest the streets of the UK are not exactly littered with 911’s sitting there waiting to be taken by some toerag. Whilst Porsche’s sales figures are not exactly full of details. The numbers merely confirm that they sell in the region of 60k units across their entire range, per year, across the entire of Europe.

Also given that modern cars are quite difficult to steal unless you have the keys of course; so how did so many potentially go missing at some point in their lives. Likelihood is that most were stolen via key theft or via other fraudulent means as thankfully in the UK carjacking and similar crimes remain rare.

Second on the list is the rather horrid Mercedes-Benz CLC 220 Cdi. No real idea why anyone would want to steal one of these abominations but I guess there is no accounting for taste.

Why would you steal this……

Making up the remainder of the top five is the Range Rover Evoque Dynamics D4A which is a surprise entry as again it’s a recent car so should be difficult to steal. When I drove one I found it difficult to drive it even with the keys (confusing start system and old age). Lastly, we are greeted with the old age pensioner’s favorite the Honda Jazz, not just any Jazz mind you as the CVT-equipped car seems to be the toe rags choice (buy a manual and its toerag proof).

Buy the manual then you will be safe

Finally, the excellent Ford Fiesta Zetec is the fifth toe rags choice for light-fingered activity, as the Fiesta is the UK’s bestselling car by some margin this is no surprise as you cannot turn a corner without tripping over one in the UK.

As to how solid this data is open to some debate, what can be confirmed is that for the period April 2015 to March 2016 a staggering 80,047 cars were stolen (up 8% from the prior year) in the UK.  Also, for some rather odd reason, this does not include cars that were stolen as a direct result of a burglary or by fraudulent means.

Either way, running a vehicle check before you buy a car is not just common sense, it should be standard practice for anyone buying a car end of……

UK Cars with the highest percentage of stolen warnings in 2016

  Make and model % checks
1 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S 16.67%
2 Mercedes-Benz CLC 220 Cdi Sport Auto          9.09%
3 Range Rover Evoque Dynamics D4A         5.26%
4 Honda Jazz SE CVT          1.33%
5 Ford Fiesta Zetec 0.26%

Source: (models with minimum 10 checks giving at least 2 stolen warnings)