1980s cars most targeted by thieves – Home Office
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.’