Transit top target for thieves

According to the Association of Chief Police Officers Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service (AVCIS), the Ford Transit van is right at the top of targets for car thieves.

“The rise in thefts of vans demonstrates their potential value in terms of spare parts, scrap metal and the prospect of stealing extra ‘booty’ within the contents of the van,” said Detective Chief Inspector Mark Hooper, the Head of AVCIS.

"Often, these stolen vehicles are dismantled quickly, so our advice to vehicle owners is to ensure that their security is as tight as possible.”

And with Car Crime Awareness Week in full swing, the police organisation warns that 40 per cent of UK drivers have been a victim of car crime, wand there barely a 50 per cent chance of a stolen vehicle being recovered.

"From simple things such as keeping car keys out of sight to more detailed guidelines on what to look for when buying a used car, this week will provide an occasion for all those involved within the sector to offer advice and help motorists reduce theft opportunities,” said Inspector Hooper.

Top 10 stolen vehicles of 2009:

Ford Transit

Ford Fiesta

Vauxhall Astra

Volkswagen Golf

Vauxhall Corsa

Ford Focus

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Ford Mondeo

Ford Escort

Vauxhall Vectra