1980s cars most tar­geted by thieves – Home Of­fice

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

You might think that the im­age of crooks tar­get­ing Ford Sierra RS Cos­worths and E30 BMWs be­longed firmly in Po­lice, Cam­era,

Ac­tion! – but gov­ern­ment re­search re­veals that it’s still a big prob­lem in 2016. A Home Of­fice re­port into ve­hi­cle crime pub­lished in Jan­uary con­cluded that 1980s cars are dis­pro­por­tion­ately tar­geted by thieves. Top of the list is the Vaux­hall Nova, with the hatch­back ac­count­ing for 98 thefts out of ev­ery 100,000.

The Home Of­fice said that it re­leased its find­ings to make the clas­sic move­ment aware of the risk posed to 1980s cars in par­tic­u­lar.

‘Newer cars make up a far higher pro­por­tion of stolen ve­hi­cles than older ones, but once the fig­ures are ad­justed for the num­bers of cars on the road, cars made in the 1980s are more likely to be stolen.’

PC Si­mon Bar­rett of the West Mid­lands Po­lice crime re­duc­tion team, says: ‘The sad news is that as th­ese cars con­tinue to rise in value, they be­come more at­trac­tive to thieves. We’re try­ing to raise aware­ness so peo­ple can stop them­selves be­com­ing vic­tims.’

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