Lock up your Fords!

Po­lice col­lab­o­rate to find out how many Es­corts taken

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

The lat­est in a line of shock­ing theft sta­tis­tics reveals that 34 clas­sic Fords have been stolen in the last 12 months in the UK.

These fig­ures in­clude Sierras, Capris, Ori­ons and Granadas, but no­tably, not Es­corts. This is be­cause Es­cort theft has be­come so preva­lent that po­lice forces in the UK are col­lab­o­rat­ing in a bid to get an ac­cu­rate ac­count of how many have been stolen.

The In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Auto Theft In­ves­ti­ga­tors’ (IAATI) com­mu­ni­ca­tion di­rec­tor, Ken Ger­man says: ‘ These 1980s clas­sics are now rare, valu­able and clearly very de­sir­able, par­tic­u­larly when they are stripped down and of­fered to the public as spare parts.’

One re­cent ex­am­ple of Ford theft comes from Liver­pool, al­though in this rare in­stance the car, a red 1989 Sierra stolen from the Garston area on 10 March, was re­cov­ered by Mersey­side Po­lice on 21 March. Of the es­ti­mated 340 clas­sic cars stolen last year, fewer than 10 per cent have been re­cov­ered. Ken Ger­man is con­cerned about the ease and speed with which these cars can be bro­ken for parts. He says: ‘Pre-1986 ve­hi­cle body shells are now ap­pear­ing in scrap yards through­out the UK (and also in main­land Europe) mi­nus their main iden­ti­fy­ing fea­tures such as regis­tra­tion plates and chas­sis num­bers.

Home Of­fice re­ports from 2016 re­vealed that 1980s clas­sics are the most likely of all cars to be stolen – even though they col­lec­tively make up less than two per cent of all ve­hi­cles on the road. Mur­ray Scul­lion

Sierras are high on thieves’ lists be­cause they’re easy to steal and strip down.

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