Clocks have gone back and dark nights are here. Soon cars will start to freeze over and the age old problem of people leaving their vehicles unattended will begin to arise. Meanwhile Spooky Season was lively as the ghouls and goblins were out stealing cars. 

Recovery totals have now hit £30 million for the year as October’s recovery totals hit just under £2.9 million. This was £1 million more than the same period last year. Car theft is showing no signs of slowing down as the year comes to a close. 

The top 3 vehicles recovered this month are topped, as always, by the Range Rover / Land Rover equating to 50% of all of our vehicles recovered this month. Keyless and relay theft still continues to be a major problem for owners. Recently, we released a reconstruction with real audio from a theft call, where a Range Rover Velar was stolen from a customer’s drive whilst they were at home and didn’t realise it was gone until our call. You can see this below:

Rounding out the top 3 were Mercedes and BMW accounting for £366,000 and £402,000 worth of recoveries. Our Accredited Auto-Crime Repatriations Team have recently sent out warnings that BMW X5s are currently being specifically targeted by criminals, this was no more evident than the penultimate weekend of October which saw us have two recovered in the space of an hour in completely separate locations.

October’s most expensive recovered car was a Mercedes AMG SL63 but it isn’t just expensive high end cars we recover. This month we also recovered a Renault Captur and a Suzuki GSXR 750 bike. A Kubota L3200 and a Fiat Auto Trail were also recovered.

Throughout the year we have continued to monitor where vehicles are being recovered to identify hotspots, the top 5 so far this year all contributed highly this month. Greater London as always leads the way with West Midlands and South Yorkshire in a battle for second place. Lancashire and Essex complete the top 5. 

Currently in the West Midlands, West Midlands Police have launched a new task force to combat the rising levels of car thefts, arresting 40 suspects within a couple of weeks of launch. More about this can be found here: https://www.west-midlands.police.uk/news/early-success-new-team-tackling-car-crime

Our Security Liaison Officer Dom is raising money for Cancer Research by participating in an Ultra White Collar Boxing event, there is still time to support him with this here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/dom-eales1 

To protect your assets, further information on the products we provide can be found on our website https://smartrack.uk.net or by giving us a call on: 0800 279 6401 or via sales@smartrack.uk.net

You can also find all of our social media channels here: https://linktr.ee/globaltelemetrics 

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