Most stolen cars of 2020 revealed

Over 3,000 Ford Fiestas were pinched in 2020; we list the UK’s most stolen cars

Ford Fiesta ST cornering

New figures show that more Ford Fiesta models were stolen last year than any other car, which is perhaps not a major shock given just how many there are on British roads. According to DVLA statistics, 3,392 Fiestas were taken without consent; around 50,000 were sold last year and it's been Britain's most popular car for the last few years.

Worryingly, almost 20,000 more cases of car theft were reported in 2020 than the previous year, with the DVLA recording 74,769 stolen vehicles. That works out at more than 200 thefts a day nationwide.

The second most-stolen car was the Range Rover, with 2,881 examples ending up in the wrong hands. Third and fourth, meanwhile, went to the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus, two other big sellers.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) reports that over a third of cases involved cars with keyless entry. If the key is within range, its signal can be easily copied and used to open and start the car, even if no physical fob is present. To combat keyless car theft, you should consider buying a Faraday pouch to store your keys in when you’re not using them.

A further 24% of thefts happened as a result of keys being taken. You should hide keys out of sight and away from windows, while parking in illuminated areas may also help reduce the chance of your car being stolen, as 80% of vehicle thefts happen at night.

Car being unlocked

Most stolen cars in the UK in 2020

Police issued advice includes:

  • Don't leave your car keys on view or placed near windows, doors, or cat-flaps where thieves can see them.
  • Don't leave valuables on display. Move handbags, wallets or other valuables out of sight.
  • Ensure you lock all doors and windows, even when you are at home.
  • Look like you are in when you are out. If no one is home during the evening, leave a light on or a radio playing. Consider using a timing device.
  • Don't help the thief. Lock away tools, ladders or other implements outside that thieves could use to gain entry to your home or garage.
  • Fit outside security lighting and an alarm, and ensure they are in working order. Don't forget to turn them on when you are out and when you go to bed.
  • Remember to lock all gates, sheds and garage doors.
  • Always lock your car and fit a tracking device if finances allow. Trackers give a much better chance of your car being found. Consider using other devices such as steering locks or wheel clamps.
  • If you don't have a garage, consider fitting sturdy gates to your driveway or always use your garage if you have one, and never leave your car keys in your car.

Recommended

Ford Fiesta hatchback review
Ford Fiesta Best Buy cutout
Ford Fiesta
22 Sep 2021

Ford Fiesta hatchback review

Facelifted 2022 Ford Fiesta breaks cover
2022 Ford Fiesta
Ford Fiesta
16 Sep 2021

Facelifted 2022 Ford Fiesta breaks cover

Top 3 used sporty cars for £5,000
Top 3 used sporty cars for £5,000 header
Car buying
8 Sep 2021

Top 3 used sporty cars for £5,000

The UK's top 10 best-selling cars 2021
Ford Puma driving
Best cars
8 Sep 2021

The UK's top 10 best-selling cars 2021

Most Popular

Top 10 best small estates 2021
Skoda Octavia Estate
Skoda Octavia Estate
22 Sep 2021

Top 10 best small estates 2021

Electric Citroen Ami to launch in the UK next year
2022 Citroen Ami
Citroen Ami
21 Sep 2021

Electric Citroen Ami to launch in the UK next year

New 2022 Toyota RAV4 Adventure revealed
Toyota RAV4 Adventure
Toyota RAV4
14 Sep 2021

New 2022 Toyota RAV4 Adventure revealed

Tips & advice

View All
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
10 Aug 2021

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Electric car charging station
Tips and advice
3 Jun 2021

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?
PCP vs HP
Tips and advice
15 Jun 2021

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?

Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Tips and advice
23 Jul 2021

Average speed cameras: how do they work?

Best cars

View All
Top 10 best car interiors 2021
Peugeot 208 hatchback
Best cars
25 Jun 2021

Top 10 best car interiors 2021

Top 10 best electric cars 2021
Volkswagen ID.3
Best cars
12 Aug 2021

Top 10 best electric cars 2021

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2021
Toyota Prius front 3/4 cornering
Best cars
10 Jun 2021

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2021

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks
Mercedes AMG A45 - rear
Hot hatches
25 Jun 2021

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks