Lock up your Fords!
Police collaborate to find out how many Escorts taken
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.