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These are the 10 most stolen cars of 2021

February 2, 2022

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It seems that cars have become increasingly secure in recent years or that car thieves have found another hobby. In 2020, 6,434 thefts were reported to the LIV and last year ‘only’ 5,404. In 2015, 10,091 cars were stolen, almost half more than last year. More good news: the recovery percentage increased from about 40 to 45 percent last year.

The big cities

Fewer cars were stolen in the past year, especially in the three major cities. According to the LIV , this is due to the curfew, which applied at the beginning of the year. The cold weather in February also prevented thieves from continuing to hunt for cars. The fact that more and more people are working from home due to the corona measures and having their car at the door day and night also makes the work difficult for crooks.

Volkswagen Golf

SUVs have become popular not only among consumers, but also among car thieves. The Nissan Qashqai (104) and Toyota C-HR (98) in particular were often taken without permission.

The most popular brand among thieves is still Volkswagen. The Golf is in the list of most stolen cars at number 1 with 328 copies, followed by the Polo with 295 pieces. Fiat completes the top three with the 500 . 196 copies were stolen.


Vehicles of 4 years old are the most stolen: 566 units (+12%). These are mainly stolen for parts. Parts obtained from theft are used for damage repairs, but also for ordinary technical repairs. Traders in used goods must register their purchases in the Digital Buyers Register from 1 January 2021. This should significantly reduce the trade in stolen parts.

These are the 10 most stolen cars of 2021:

  1. Volkswagen Golf (328)
  2. Volkswagen Polo (295)
  3. Fiat 500 (196)
  4. Toyota RAV4 (181)
  5. Mazda CX-5 (147)
  6. Renault Megane (123)
  7. BMW 3 Series (113)
  8. Nissan Qashqai (104)
  9. Renault Clio (104)
  10. Toyota C-HR (98)

Motorcycles, commercial vehicles and tractors

The number of stolen motorcycles also fell by 7 percent in 2021. In addition, 48 percent fewer heavy commercial vehicles were stolen. Then we end this article with sad news for people from the agricultural and forestry sector: in 2021 twelve agricultural and forestry tractors (with registration numbers) were stolen.

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