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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13 Mar: February 2023 Recovery Highlights – £2.5m Recovered

This February, Global Telemetrics recovered £2.5m worth of vehicles. This is £500k more than February of 2022, and £800k more than February of 2021, highlighting the continuing rising trend in vehicle theft across the UK.

We remain on course to hit our projected recovery total of over £40m worth of vehicles by year-end 2023, compared with £38.6m worth of vehicles recovered in 2022.

28 Feb: Is your Motorhome a target to thieves

Staycations are becoming ever-popular, and with spring around the corner, motorhomes and caravans across the country will soon be out on the roads again. Whilst these home-from-homes continue to gain demand, it will unfortunately lead to a likely rise in stolen vehicles.

In 2022, Global Telemetrics were responsible for the recovery of £38.6m worth of vehicles. Fiat Ducato motorhomes were the 3rd highest recovered vehicle of the year, making up for over £1m of recoveries. Other motorhome and Caravan brands such as Auto-Trail, Bailey and Adria also appeared on the list, accounting for almost £800k of recoveries.

20 Feb: January 2023 Recovery Highlights – £3.4m Recovered

Global Telemetrics has had a kick start to the year, with £3.4m worth of vehicles recovered during January alone. 

At this rate, we are projected to recover over £40m worth of vehicles by year-end 2023, compared with the £38.6m worth of vehicles we recovered in 2022.