More classics being targeted by thieves across the UK


Scores of classic Minis have been stolen since September according to the latest figures from police. Owners of early Ford Escorts and Volkswagen campervans are also being warned that their vehicles are being targeted.

In November, C&SC warned that Mini thefts had gone "ballistic" in the Midlands, but the policeman looking into the crimewave says it has now spread nationwide and covers all variants.

PC Alan Colman said: "I've been looking into classic car theft nationally, going back to September, and some worrying trends have emerged.

"All variants of Mini are particularly at risk, especially the more desirable ones, with thefts of 1275GTs also on the up.

“Second most vulnerable classics are Mk1 and Mk2 Escorts with VW campervans are in third."

PC Colman says that most thefts are happening when owners are away, suggesting that the thieves are doing recces and carefully planning their operations.

Though some may be being stolen to order for overseas markets – Eastern Europe has recently developed a taste for Minis – it's thought that most of the cars are being broken for parts, making project cars particularly vulnerable.

"If someone has a project on their drive, it won't be there for long unless they take preventative measures," added PC Colman. "Security is paramount."

He repeated that all owners must be vigilant and, if their classic is taken, the best chance of getting it back is to use the internet to spread the word so the car becomes "too hot to handle".

If anyone needs help doing this, contact C&SC straight away with details of the stolen car and we will make it known through all our social media outlets.

Owners should also take simple steps, such as making sure their classic is covered or not visible from the road, and even consider fitting a tracking device.

Security tips for motorists can be found on the Safer Motors website. West Midlands Police can be contacted by dialling the 101 non-emergency number, or calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.



We have been noticing this trend on the increase in trackers we have been supplying on a couple of Forums we are part of being in the classic car scene ourselves.
We have found a small but very useful tracking system, which has it's own battery which can last upto 30 days on one charge, and can be hard wired to a complete car's battery or left inside a bare shell if needed. With a motion sensor txt alert even someone trying to break in will result in you receiving a txt and email to upto 3 preset numbers or email addresses, if you cant get to the vehicle in time you can track it via a Pc or smart phone, it evens lets you know if moved outside a preset area, all on a pay as you go basis.
I got into these after having my own classic ford being stolen and wanting to protect anything i had in the future. For more details or any other security system

Thanks for the emails cost of our unit is £230 including the additional perminant vehicle charge lead and recorded delivery in the Uk, this will work on posistive or negative earth vehicles and it's just a 2 wire connection (optional to save charging via mains) & will work anywhere in Europe.


The likes of E Bay allowing the sale of V5 documents does not help


I had - of all things - a 1983 Talbot Horizon stolen in 2011. Thieves didn't get very far as I think that the choke defeated them! Suffered a bit of damage but the (underr 16 year old) culprit was eventually sent to a young offenders prison. Apparently, there is a "dare culture" amongst some groups of young people that encourages them to steal and then set fire to cars. Been a spate of that locally in Hampshire in the past few months. Older cars are simply easier to break into and steal. My Horizon was at the time a daily driver and was parked behind a gate next to my house. Didn't hear anything but glad there was a successful outcome.

Max Mirni

Classic cars are really very attractive to watch. In old Hollywood films I have seen several times the use of classic cars. People like to use these classic cars very much. So simple and different in style and design. These classic cars were so popular in old days. Now, due to the popularity of new luxury cars, the number of classic cars are very less. You can see some classic cars in museum. In UK the thieves are now targeting these classic vehicles. The vehicles of manufacturing companies like: Volkswagen, Mercedes, Ford, Aston Martin, Rolls Royce and their classic models has been targeted by the thieves over there.  

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