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Northern cities worst for UK car crime

An analysis of 515,248 UK police force records has revealed that cities in the North of England are the worst affected by car crime, with Manchester topping the league table.

Between October 2011 and September 2012, 505 offences per 10,000 registered vehicles were reported in central Manchester, reports HonestJohn.co.uk. This figure is four times the national average for car crime, which equates to 121 offences per 10,000 vehicles.

Even taking into account the higher levels of car crimes in urban areas, in part associated with the greater influx of vehicles entering city centres, the rate of reported offences was still 2.1 times the national ‘urban' average of 242 offences per 10,000 vehicles.

West Yorkshire emerged as another car crime hotspot, with Bradford seeing an average of 457 crimes per 10,000 vehicles, followed by Leeds with a slightly lower offences rate of 420.

Other northern cities badly affected by car crime includes Sheffield whose rate was 1.7 times the national urban average at 389 offences per 10,000 vehicles, Newcastle with 318 offences per 10,000 vehicles and Liverpool with a rate of 287.

London was the only southern city to feature in the top ten worst cities in HonestJohn.co.uk's Car Crime Census, with a rate of 443 crimes per 10,000 vehicles.

Daniel Harrison, editor of HonestJohn.co.uk, said: "This data is the first of its kind because it's based on the actual police force records from across the UK.

“What it highlights is a shocking north-south divide, with London representing the only southern district listed in the top 10.”

The data reveals that 41% of all offences were based on theft from a vehicle, making it the most common type of car crime in the UK. The second most reported offence was criminal damage with 40% of cars affected, followed by theft of a car at 16%.

Car crime rate breakdown by city

 

City

Number of offences (per 10,000 vehicles)

Manchester

505

Bradford

457

London

443

Leeds

420

Sheffield 

389

Newcastle

318

Birmingham

313

Liverpool

287

Cardiff

285

Bristol

255

Nottingham

193

Hull

180

Middlesbrough

178

Leicester

155

Southampton

147

Oxford

147

Peterborough

143

Derby

130

Cambridge

112

Plymouth

101

Portsmouth

96

Carlisle

86

Norwich

85


 


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