In Italy, despite the lockdown in 2020, the phenomenon of car thefts has increased in percentage. There are, on average, 274 thefts per day with a sad frequency of 11 thefts per hour.
The models preferred by thieves are made in Fiat, which monopolizes this special ranking by placing five models in the top 10. The fact can often be explained considering the extreme diffusion of vehicles of this brand, particularly used throughout the peninsula.
The city with the most thefts is the capital, Rome, followed by Naples and Milan. At the foot of the podium Catania.
Here is the ranking of the 10 most stolen cars in Italy among the 102,709 alienated vehicles. The data shown is based on the investigation conducted by LoJack, the computer system for the recovery of the stolen vehicle, on behalf of the Ministry of the Interior and refers to the last 12 months.
So let’s start the list of the 10 most stolen cars:
1 – Fiat Panda
Not surprisingly, the most stolen car is also the best-selling car: Fiat Panda. In 2020 there were 7,415 thefts. This figure remains consistent with the previous year.
2 – Fiat Punto
Silver medal for the Fiat Punto: 5,252 specimens stolen last year despite the vehicle’s latest update dating back to 2011. However, its market sales are resisting by virtue of a particularly appreciated appearance and renowned reliability. This particular variant of the Punto also finds space in the ranking.
3 – Fiat 500
Place of honor for the most successful restyle of Fiat in the last 5 years: the Fiat 500. In the last 12 months as many as 6,889 Fiat 500s have been illegally stolen from their owners.
4 – Lancia Ypsilon
A total of 2,930 thefts brought the Lancia Ypsilon to the foot of the podium. The model, last updated in 2011, is particularly appreciated by the female public for the sober elegance of its lines, excellent maneuverability and spaciousness of the passenger compartment.
5 – Volkswagen Golf
Thieves also like Germans: Volkswagen Golf uber alles. Last year, a total of 1,491 stolen specimens were registered, a trend that was decidedly down compared to the 3,000 cars of the previous reference.
6 – Smart Fortwo
Its 1,381 reported thefts make the Smart Fortwo one of the most desired cars by thieves. The small and manageable city car has recently been updated, now equipped with a new body on the bumper, livery in modified colors and additional engines. The width also increases: 10 centimeters to make the passenger compartment more spacious and road holding safer
7 – Renault Clio
It is not in the top ten of the best-selling cars in the Italian market and yet it is among the ten most stolen cars: it is the Clio, which is particularly dear to thieves. 1,324 stolen specimens.
8 – Ford Fiesta
If the Ford Fiesta is a doyen in the sales of the Italian market, it must also share a place in this unfortunate ranking: 1,138 units have been stolen throughout 2020.
9 – Opel Corsa
Even if it is not in the top ten of the best-selling cars in the Italian market, yet it is among the ten most stolen cars: it is the Opel Corsa, which is particularly dear to thieves. 821 stolen specimens.
10 – Fiat Uno
It is really strange to find a vehicle that has not been produced for more than a decade: not only is it present but also occupies the rankings, bypassing the most popular and famous models … There are 718 thefts reported in 2020 for the Fiat Uno, particularly exposed due to the ‘absence of technological anti-theft devices.
This survey shows that the percentage of recovery of stolen cars in our country continues to decline (only 4 out of 10 cars are recovered). In the last 10 years, over 1 million have been lost, including 682,000 cars, while the remainder is made up of motorcycles, light commercial vehicles and heavy vehicles.
The business is evolving with the increasingly frequent use of hi-tech devices used to steal vehicles in a targeted, quick and effective way.
The goal of criminal organizations is moving towards SUVs, whose thefts, in contrast with the general data, have grown by more than 8% compared to 2019.
For these vehicles, the regions most at risk are Lazio, Lombardy and Puglia, while the most sought after models are Nissan Qashqai, Kia Sportage and Range Rover.