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These are the 10 car models most frequently reported as stolen to the DVLA last year

Is you car more likely to be stolen than other models?

If you own any of these 10 motors the chances are it will be more appealing to thieves than cars, if last year's records are anything to go by.

The Driver and Vehicle Licencing Agency has revealed the vehicles most commonly reported to them as stolen last year, as it states that 56,288 cars were targeted by thieves in 2019. 

The big question is: is your car on this list?

Most nicked motors revealed: The DVLA said some 56,288 cars were reported to the agency as stolen last year - and these are the models that were targeted most frequently

The stats show that one vehicle was stolen from UK owners every nine minutes, or 154 per day. 

Somewhat unsurprisingly, the Ford Fiesta is the car that was most commonly reported as stolen last year, with 2,384 cases reported to the DVLA.

Car models most commonly reported stolen to the DVLA in 2019 

1. Ford Fiesta – 2,384

2. Land Rover Range Rover – 1,917

3. Volkswagen Golf – 1,331

4. Ford Focus – 1,200

5. BMW 3 Series – 1,042

6. Vauxhall Astra – 836

7. Land Rover Discovery – 791

8. Mercedes-Benz E Class – 612

9. BMW 5 Series – 506

10. Audi A3 – 456

Source: DVLA records for 2019 revealed following an FOI request from Rivervale Leasing

Given that it is the best selling model in the UK - and has been every year for more than a decade - its appearance at the top of the list comes as no real shock.

However, the next most commonly pinched motor is a clear reflection of the increase in thieves targeted high-value premium cars with keyless technology.

The Range Rover was the second most stolen model in 2019, according to the DVLA's figures that it revealed to Rivervale Leasing following a freedom of information request earlier.

Some 1,917 of the British-made luxury SUVs were taken from their rightful owners last year.

In third spot was the Volkswagen Golf (1,331 cases), followed by the Ford Focus (1,200 reported thefts) and BMW 3 Series (1,042 pinched) - all of which are fairly popular mainstream models.

Other high-value cars to make it into the top 10 were the Land Rover Discovery, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5 Series, all of which have keyless technology that could be targeted by criminals with expertise and technology to carry out relay thefts.  

Some 2,384 Ford Fiestas were reported stolen to the DVLA last year. This doesn't come as much of a surprise as it is the most popular car in the UK - and has been for 11 years running

While the mainstream Ford Fiesta was the models reported most often as stolen in 2019, the second most frequently pinched vehicle is the pricey Range Rover SUV

The Volkswagen Golf was the third most reported-stolen car of last year, with 1,331 cases

More than 14,000 premium models were stolen between January and October last year, according to an analysis of insurance claims by Direct Line.

That is more than double the amount over the same period in 2015 and means a luxury vehicle is stolen once every 38 minutes on Britain's roads.

This is Money revealed last year that gangs are sharing information about shopping lists of these premium models to target that they can steal using keyless relay tactics.

Vehicle protection and management technology provider, AX, claims that thieves aren't just focusing on expensive models; they are also stealing some of Britain's most in-demand cars and selling them on the black market for between £1,000 and £3,000, which could explain why the list is a mix of luxury and common vehicles.

Government stats also suggest there is less than a 50 per cent chance of a nicked car being returned to the keeper - and if it is, it's highly unlikely to be in perfect condition. 

Some 1,200 Ford Focus models were taken from their rightful keepers in 2019, the DVLA said

The BMW 3 Series is one car likely to be targeted because of its high value. Just over 1,000 were reported as missing to the DVLA last year

The Vauxhall Astra is another easy target for thieves, based on the figures released by DVLA

Rivervale Leasing said it studied 10 years of data from the Office for National Statistics and found that, on average, just two in five stolen cars are returned to the owner.

And those who are fortunate enough to get their vehicles back are likely to see it returned in a worse state.

Statistics suggest three quarters of pinched motors come back damaged, with a shocking 22 per cent being written off completely.

'Car theft doesn’t just have a serious financial impact,' the report added. 

'Research shows that 84 per cent of drivers were emotionally affected by the robbery, according to the ONS data. 

'Some motorists were even left with panic attacks, plus some experienced depression and difficulty sleeping.'

The Land Rover Discovery 4X4 was another model reported stolen in high numbers

Mercedes' E-Class is one of the premium models being stolen to order by organised criminals

The BMW 5 Series is another example of a luxury car that's been pinched in high numbers - more than one a day in 2019

Audi's A3 was the final car to make the cut in the list of the most-stolen models of last year