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London supercars under threat: spate of Ferrari thefts has wealthy owners scrambling to find safe storage and scrambling for cover

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London supercar owners are under siege following a recent spate of thefts as criminals target their high-value engines.

The capital has long been considered the nation’s hotspot for flashy vehicles, but in recent weeks it has become a hotspot for thieves using high-tech methods to steal Ferraris.

Over the past three months, owners have scrambled to find safe locations to store their expensive vehicles following several social media posts from wealthy victims who have called on the public to keep an eye out for their failing engines, offering rewards for those who provide valuable information.

And insurers have responded to the rise in supercar thefts, with some owners saying they can only get coverage for their vehicles in the capital if they’re stored overnight or have a security bollard installed in their driveway, regardless of whether their engines have security features like trackers or immobilizers installed.

London supercars under threat: The capital’s Ferrari owners are under siege as thieves take to social media to brag about stealing the high-value vehicles.

The wave of theft has accelerated in the last three months, according to Windrush Car Storage in London, a secret hideout in the capital that offers maximum security for exclusive vehicles.

On a Saturday in late May, the boutique car storage service was inundated with phone calls from concerned owners seeking safety for their prized cars as reports of missing Ferraris continued across the capital.

Several were reportedly stolen at the time, including high-value 812 Superfast, 488 and Pista models.

According to the sunday starauto insurers have told owners that damaged vehicles are being sent to Russia due to a shortage of new cars.

A Londoner commented on Reddit that his friend’s Ferrari was stolen in the middle of the night in the capital.

They explained: “The Met Police have been incredibly unmotivated to even investigate, even refusing to ask for CCTV footage.”

Alastair Main, Windrush’s general manager, said that over the weekend alone, the business welcomed 20 owners and their luxury cars, most of them from the iconic Italian brand, which is the most common target.

“Social media posts from owners alerting followers to keep an eye on their cars, some offering rewards, prompted several people to place their cars in our care,” he said.

“Some cars required pickup in underground parking garages, others were driven here, but the owners wanted the cars off the streets quickly and you could feel the urgency.”

On a Saturday in late May, Windrush Car Storage says it was inundated with phone calls from concerned owners seeking safety for their prized engines.

On a Saturday in late May, Windrush Car Storage says it was inundated with phone calls from concerned owners seeking safety for their prized engines.

While some of the cars received at Windrush had previously been parked outside owners’ homes on some of the capital’s most prestigious streets, others were previously kept in central London public car parks that do not offer the security owners might have hoped for.

This is because many offer free access to cars, as long as the parking ticket is used to exit within a set time period, usually 15 minutes.

This allows plenty of time for illegal visitors to gain unhindered access, which he thinks could be a tactic used by criminals, Windrush says.

But it hasn’t just been private customers who have sought refuge for their vehicles at the secret storage facility.

Professional drivers and rental fleets have also contacted Windrush en masse in recent weeks hoping to keep their cars away from prying eyes.

Tim Earnshaw, the founder of Windrush, says the rise in luxury car theft started with Range Rovers being targeted, but now brazen thieves hunt for the most expensive supercars they can find and then share videos of themselves driving the cars erratically online.

A thief recently shared footage of himself driving a stolen Ferrari using a jammer through the streets of central London.

A thief recently shared footage of himself driving a stolen Ferrari using a jammer through the streets of central London.

In the video a sunscreen is shown in the car seat of the Ferrari.

The images, which were published by car_crime_uk, show the alleged thief sitting behind the wheel of the supercar wearing a balaclava and gloves (credit: Instagrame, car_crime_uk)

The footage, which was published by car_crime_uk, shows the alleged thief sitting behind the wheel of the supercar wearing a balaclava and gloves.

A thief recently shared footage of himself driving a stolen Ferrari using a jammer through the streets of central London.

The footage, which was published by car_crime_uk, shows the alleged thief sitting behind the wheel of the supercar wearing a balaclava and gloves.

When This is Money contacted Ferrari, a spokesperson told us: “We are aware of the recent thefts of luxury sports cars and are working with local authorities on ongoing investigations.”

It comes after a series of thefts resulting from a ransomware hack of Ferrari’s IT systems earlier this year.

Tim Earnshaw, the founder of Windrush

Tim Earnshaw, the founder of Windrush

Met Police said nine of the Ferraris were stolen in Westminster, seven in Kensington and Chelsea and one in the Hackney, Barnet and Croydon districts.

But police, and Ferrari, say there is no evidence of a link to the cyber attack.

The spokesman for the Italian sports car manufacturer added: “At the same time, fully understanding that protecting Ferrari sports cars from attempted theft is of paramount importance, we are working with our partner to rapidly increase the level of security.”

“There is no evidence of any link between the thefts and the past cyber incident.”

This is Money has contacted the Metropolitan Police for comment on the rise in supercar thefts in London.

A Met spokesperson told us: “Officers conduct patrols and operations in London in response to concerns about catalytic converter and keyless car thefts, using ANPR technology to identify stolen motor vehicles and arrest offenders.”

Luxury SUV owners are also seeing increased tire damage from green groups campaigning to take them off the road due to their higher emissions.

When contacted by This is Money, Met Police said:

When contacted by This is Money, Met Police said: “Officers conduct patrols and operations in London in response to concerns about catalytic converter and keyless car thefts, using ANPR technology to identify stolen motor vehicles and arrest offenders.”

Owners struggling to get coverage for supercars

Earnshaw says the situation has only gotten worse in recent weeks.

“More supercars are disappearing, and many insurance companies simply won’t insure one in London unless it’s in a garage overnight or a secure bollard has been fitted to the drive, regardless of tracker or immobilizer, customers tell us,” he told This is Money.

Undoubtedly, the ‘how’ to steal these cars electronically, quickly and (often) without leaving a trace is becoming more widespread.

“It’s worth noting that thefts take place all over the city, including wealthy and highly crowded areas where car crime has always been rare.

“It’s not about not leaving your car in a seemingly unsafe place these days, as even the most prosperous areas are affected.”

And Windrush says he’s seen supercar thefts very close to home, having recently learned from a client that a brand new Ferrari parked for just a few hours on the street disappeared without a trace.

“As the car was rarely where it was stolen, we can only assume that thieves are actively on the streets looking for suitable parked cars, what is surprising, however, is how quickly it was removed – this particular car had only been left for a relatively short period of time,” says Earnshaw.

Windrush is a secret hideout in the capital that offers maximum security for exclusive movers.

Windrush is a secret hideout in the capital that offers maximum security for exclusive movers.

As car thefts and values ​​rise, the demand for Windrush’s service has never been higher, he says.

His secret underground bunker in London currently handles 450 cars, a number that has been growing week by week since the spring.

The Met Police urges motorists to follow a series of steps to avoid becoming a victim of these types of crimes.

‘Always leave your car locked and secured.

“Many modern vehicles fold their outside rear view mirrors when locked, making it very easy for thieves to detect when a vehicle has not been locked.

‘Take valuables with you when you leave the vehicle.

‘Consider investing in steering wheel locks, pedal locks, immobilizers and tracking devices.

Key fob protectors (Faraday bags) help prevent keyless car thefts.

‘And consider installing driveway posts.’

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