Vehicle Theft up 30% - RAC

Vehicle thefts have risen by 30% in the last three years following a decade of decline, RAC figures suggest.

Almost 86,000 vehicles were stolen in 2016, up from about 66,000 in 2013, according to the motoring group.

The RAC says thieves are getting better at beating modern security systems by using new technology and that the rise in robberies reverses a downward trend
However, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said that new cars "have never been more secure".

RAC insurance director Mark Godfrey said that before the new figures, there had been a fall in vehicle thefts since around 2002.
"We fear thieves are now becoming more and more well equipped with technology capable of defeating car manufacturers' anti-theft systems," he said.

The RAC obtained the figures from 40 police forces in England and Wales, which revealed that 85,688 vehicles were stolen last year - up 30% from 65,783 in 2013.