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BMW X5 is thieves' favourite

Date: 08 April 2011

The BMW X5 has retained the dubious honour of being the UK's most desirable motor for car thieves.

The X5 was the most frequently stolen and recovered model in 2010, as it was the previous year, ahead of the Land Rover Range Rover, BMW X3, Audi RS4 and Audi TT.

The top ten also included the Mercedes SLK and CLK and the VW Golf volume model.

Stolen vehicle recovery firm Tracker said 65% of vehicles it recovered last year were worth an average of £25,000 with just 6% being worth between £50,000 and £100,000.

The lowest value vehicles stolen and recovered were a Peugeot 406 and Ford Sierra worth £1000. Those with the highest price tags were a Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG at £120,000 and a Bentley GTC at £130,000, but Tracker said they represented just 1% of the total worth of stolen and recovered vehicles in 2010.

Tracker boss Stephen Doran said: "These figures show that all car owners are a target for thieves."

He added that 84% of all cars Tracker recovered last year had been stolen by thieves using the car keys.

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