Motor Industry News
The number of car thefts in Britain fell 16% between 2004 and 2005, the Home Office has revealed. And the dip of 38,394 thefts in England, Wales and Scotland last year is being attributed to the increased security of modern cars.
In its car theft index, the Home Office also revealed that he the Vauxhall Belmont was the most-stolen model last year, followed by the Vauxhall Astra Mark 2 and the Ford Escort Mark 3.
Home Secretary John Reid said: "The rate of car theft has fallen by 31% between 2003 and 2005. That is a testament to the effort of all those working with police and manufacturers to make cars more difficult to steal."
"Since being made compulsory in 1998, electronic immobilisers have also had an impact on car theft."
"Making cars less easy to steal makes them more attractive to buy. The car theft index is a consumer tool, maintaining pressure on manufacturers to make sure security is a key factor when they design and make their cars. People need to know the cars they buy are as safe as possible from theft."
The figures show that 2004's figure of 237,925 car thefts dropped to 199,531 last year.
Christopher Macgowan, chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, said: "The motor industry takes vehicle security very seriously when designing new cars. Manufacturers have introduced mechanisms such as immobilisers and deadlocks to increase the security of vehicles."
"Motorists can also help reduce the risk of theft of older cars by taking simple steps such as using a steering lock when they leave the vehicle."
The cars with the highest risk of theft in 2005 based on cars stolen per 1,000 registered were the Vauxhall Belmont, Vauxhall Astra Mark 2 and Ford Escort Mark 3.