September 04, 2017 at 9:42 AM
Over the last three years the number of vehicles stolen in England and Wales has risen by nearly a third.
During 2016 85,688 vehicles were stolen, an increase of 19,905 from 2013 when 65,783 were taken.
A third of the vehicles, or 26,496, were stolen in London which is an increase of 29% from 2013.
West Yorkshire saw a 57% increase, the highest number, as thefts rose from 3,561 to 5,597.
Mark Godfrey, RAC Insurance director said: "Technology advances in immobilisers, keys and car alarms had caused the number of vehicle thefts to decrease significantly from more than 300,000 in 2002 but sadly they have now increased after bottoming out in 2013 and 2014.
"We fear thieves are now becoming more and more well equipped with technology capable of defeating car manufacturers' anti-theft systems.
"This is bad news for motorists as it has the effect of causing insurance premiums to rise at a time when they are already being pushed up by a variety of factors, not least the recent change to the discount rate for life-changing personal injury compensation claims and the rises in insurance premium tax."
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