Motor Industry News
Italian cars are the top target for break-ins, according to insurance company.
Italian and American cars are the top targets for UK vehicle thieves, it has been revealed.
Break-ins: Italian cars, such as those produced by Fiat and Alfa Romeo, are the cars most broken into, while American vehicles are the ones most stolen, figures from car insurance company Admiral found.
The second most likely models to be broken into are French, followed by American, German and British. Swedish cars such as Volvo and Saab are least likely to be broken into.
Stolen: After American models, the cars most likely to be stolen are British, German, Japanese and Italian. Owners of Spanish cars are least likely to suffer a break-in.
The statistics were based on nearly 180,000 cases of car crime. Admiral managing director Sue Longthorn said: "Most people associate cars from different countries with different qualities - for example, that German cars tend to be well-engineered, Italian cars stylish and British cars classy."
"We wanted to see if there were any trends when it came down to the nationality of cars being targeted by thieves." She went on: "There are many reasons why certain cars are more popular with car thieves than others."
"It could be they are more desirable for professional thieves, or maybe their security systems are not so good, but of course in many cases it is just that they are in the wrong place at the wrong time."