A new report obtained through a Freedom of Information request reveals a worrying trend in electric vehicle (EV) thefts in the UK. Over a two-year period, more than 130,000 electric vehicles were stolen, with some models being more frequently targeted by criminals. The study, conducted by car leasing company Leasing Options, identified the 10 most stolen electric vehicles in the country.
According to the findings, Nissan Leaf owners have the highest risk of having their EVs stolen. The Nissan Leaf has been the most stolen EV over the past five years, with 188 thefts reported. In 2023 alone, 49 Nissan Leafs have been stolen so far. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 and MG MG5 have also seen an increase in thefts this year. The Ioniq 5 ranks second on the list of the most stolen EVs in 2023, with 14 thefts reported, while the MG5 is the third most targeted EV, with 11 thefts.
Other models frequently targeted by criminals include the Tesla Model S and the Renault Zoe. As for EV manufacturers, Nissan experienced the highest number of thefts, followed by Tesla and Renault. Ford, Lexus, Skoda and Volvo were revealed to suffer the least EV theft.
To protect EV owners against theft, Leasing Options suggests several measures. Installing surveillance equipment, such as dash cameras or CCTV, can help deter thieves and provide evidence in the event of a theft. Using wallets that block electronic signals can prevent relay attacks, a method often used by criminals to bypass keyless entry systems. Additionally, traditional security measures such as steering wheel locks, tire clamps, and driveways with folding bollards can deter opportunistic thieves. Finally, using a tracking device can help locate the stolen vehicle and provide valuable information to the police.
As EVs become more popular, it is important for owners to be vigilant in protecting their vehicles. By implementing these security measures, EV owners can significantly reduce their risk of theft and ensure the safety of their valuable investments.