THIEVES steal more than 300 cars a day, but just 14 thefts lead to court, The Sun on Sunday can reveal.
There were 110,121 reports of stolen vehicles in England and Wales last year — 302 a day.
But police took action against the alleged offender in just 5,159 cases — 14 a day, Home Office statistics show.
It means fewer than one in 21 reported car thefts led to prosecutions in 2019-20, despite technology including alarms and GPS trackers.
In 2015-16 there were almost 30,000 fewer thefts — 82,076 — yet more people — 8,461 — were charged.
The figures show the police’s success rate has halved in just four years.
It backs up reports car crime has become an almost- forgotten offence as stretched police forces prioritise crimes seen as more serious.
Last month, food writer and TV presenter Giles Coren, 51, complained police did not properly investigate the theft of his £65,000 Jaguar I-Pace.
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The car was traced but police failed to recover it.
Giles said: “The police let slip where it was, but then didn’t have the manpower — so I went on my own and picked up the car.”
Assistant Chief Constable Jenny Sims, of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, said: “The rise in car theft is linked to organised crime and police are putting more resources into tackling it.”