In the last three years, the number of vehicles reported stolen has increased by more than 30%, according to data seen by RAC insurance.

In response to freedom of information requests to 40 police forces in England and Wales, figures revealed that in 2013 a total of 65,783 vehicles were reported stolen, a number that has risen to 85,688 in 2016.

The worse affected areas

The capital had the highest number of reported thefts, with 29,496 in 2016, totalling 31% of all vehicles stolen. Second on the list was the West Midlands, with 5,930 reported thefts, a 43% increase from 2013 (4,161), followed closely by West Yorkshire with 5,597, an increase of 57% in three years.

Greater Manchester took the fourth position with 4,999 vehicles reported stolen in 2016, and Essex rounded out the top five with 3,623.

Speaking about the numbers, Mark Godfrey, RAC Insurance director, said:

“Technology advances in immobilisers, keys and car alarms had caused the number of vehicle thefts to decrease significantly from more than 300,000 in 2002, but sadly they have now increased after bottoming out in 2013 and 2014.

“We fear thieves are now becoming more and more well equipped with technology capable of defeating car manufacturers’ anti-theft systems. This is bad news for motorists as it has the effect of causing insurance premiums to rise at a time when they are already being pushed up by a variety of factors, not least the recent change to the discount rate for life-changing personal injury compensation claims and the rises in insurance premium tax.”

Replacement vehicles

Motorists often, incorrectly, assume that they will receive a replacement vehicle as part of their insurance policy following a theft. Unfortunately, for many, this is not the case.

With a replacement vehicle policy from MSL, we are able to provide a near equivalent replacement vehicle for up to 14 days. This enables your client to continue on as normal, without compromising on vehicle quality or being forced to fund a replacement vehicle themselves.

Ben Clarke, national sales manager for MSL, said:

“When we launched our replacement vehicle policy it was clear that we needed to go outside of the box to provide a service that would be truly beneficial to the challenges of the average motorist. This report validates our policy that drivers should receive a replacement vehicle of comparable quality, following a reported theft.

When you combine this option with our 24-hour emergency helpline and nationwide delivery, we are able to provide our clients with a stress-free experience that allows them to carry on as normal.”

If you would like to know more about our replacement vehicle policy, please click here.