BMW X5 'thieves' favourite car'

A new study has indicated that the BMW X5 is the most frequently stolen vehicle in the UK.

The Range Rover emerged as the second most popular car among thieves, while the BMW M3 claimed the third position in the list of "top 10 most frequently stolen and recovered vehicles of 2010".

The Audi RS4 took the fourth place in the list compiled by stolen vehicle recovery expert, Tracker.

The firm said 65% of the vehicles that were stolen and subsequently recovered by it last year were valued at an average of £25,000.

The lowest priced vehicles that were stolen but recovered later were a Peugeot 406 and a Ford Sierra at £1,000.

Meanwhile, a Mercedes Benz CL63 AMG (£120,000) and a Bentley GTC (£130,000) were the most expensive cars in this list.

Stephen Doran, managing director of Tracker, said: "Once again our top 10 list shows the thieves' favourites, with the Mercedes SLK and CLK also remaining at the top of the league.

"The VW Golf is an interesting new entry at number nine, proving that it's not just owners of prestige vehicles who need to take note. In fact, 65% of the vehicles we recovered in 2010 were worth £25,000 or less with just six per cent being worth £50,000 to £100,000.

"With 84% of all the cars we recovered last year being stolen using the keys, we remind every car owner to keep their keys safe at all times."

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