If you live in the UK and own a white SUV, you may want to keep an eye on it. That’s according to Gavin Scragg, a car dealer whose business had been broken into twice in ten days.
Mr Scragg believes there may be criminal syndicates which are working to fill orders on the black market for SUVs. Mr Scragg, who owns Notrix Motor Company, told the Manchester evening news that there appears to be a trend in the kind of cars being stolen, both from dealers and from homes in the neighbouring area.
While German cars seem to be the most popular SUV stolen, most of the cars that have been pinched were white. It’s this correlation between high end cars – Audi, BMW, Range Rover, etc – and the commonality of the colour which has lead Mr Scragg to believe these cars are being stolen to order.
And the criminals are very sophisticated in their methods. Unlike the old days where a coat-hanger was all you needed to steal a car, today’s vehicles have transponders, proximity sensors and other high-tech gadgets that prevent crimes of opportunity.
But rather than breaking into the building and stealing the keys, which normally you would need to do to steal the car, these days the crime gangs have all the equipment they need.
“It isn’t just us,” said Mr Scragg, “it is other people getting them taken off their [lot], they don’t necessarily need the keys because of the equipment they have. German manufactured cars such as Mercedes, Audi, BMW and Volkswagen are also being targeted as perhaps that is the type of technology and diagnostic software they have.”
White cars are the most popular colour choice across the globe with some 37 per cent of all cars being coated in white. They also reflect heat better, as you’d expect, meaning they’re suitable for all climates, and thus are more in demand on the black market.
In addition, white being the most popular colour means it’s more likely to blend into traffic so it remains undetectable to police looking out for a stolen vehicle. Compare that with a custom colour, or a less popular shade, and you can see how that’s going to stand out a lot more.
So, if you’re the owner of a white, German SUV, best keep it well hidden. Either that or very securely locked away.