Thieves Thwarted As TRACKER Traces BMW's Galore

BMWs worth £824,000 were returned to their rightful owners during July, thanks to TRACKER.

Monthly figures compiled by the UK’s most successful stolen vehicle recovery system operators, show that TRACKER thwarted thieves out of 28 BMW's - 14 were of the X5 4x4 model worth in total £478,000. The most valuable of the marque was the exclusive 645CI model valued £68,000.

Figures from TRACKER show that it seems UK thieves favour Germanic cars as 24 Mercedes, worth £778,500, were also recovered by TRACKER during July. Of the 121 cars, lorries, light commercial vehicles and heavy plant machinery stolen and recovered by TRACKER during the month, the highest valued vehicle was an £80,000 Mercedes SL55 AMG traced within the London borough it was stolen from.

Other TRACKER successes include £168,000 worth of Audis, several Land Rovers including the recently launched Discovery III worth a combined £86,000, nearly £90,000 worth of Subaru Imprezas, three Porsches (£160,000) and an Avondale caravan which tows in at £15,000.

Combining the £255,000 worth of heavy plant machinery recovered, TRACKER traced £2.85 million worth of vehicles during July. Alarmingly, nearly 70 per cent of those recovered were down to "key thefts", whereby thieves steal the vehicles’ keys first.

Parita Patel, Marketing Manager for TRACKER, said: "Clearly, as our recovery figures show, equipping your vehicle with a state-of-the-art stolen vehicle recovery system is a necessity if you value it and you don’t want it to fall permanently into the hands of thieves."

TRACKER has retrieved more than 14,000 stolen vehicles since 1993, valued at more than £276 million and has led the police to the arrest of over 1,650 vehicle thieves. The system is approved by 36 vehicle manufacturers. For more information, log on to

Published 25 August 2005 Melanie Carter

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