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UK car theft hotspots revealed

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New research has revealed the areas in the UK which have the highest and lowest rates of car theft per head.

A total of 42 police forces across England and Wales participated in the study, by Intelligent Car Leasing, which was conducted via freedom of information requests.

Each force told the leasing specialists how many cars had been reported stolen each year between 2003 and 2013. When this data is crossed with local population sizes, a revealing comparable set of results is generated, which ICL has used to draw many interesting comparisons between areas across the country.

The top/bottom 5 areas for car thefts per head can be seen below:

Highest 5 Car Theft Areas Per Head

Lowest 5 Car Theft Areas Per Head

1. City of London

1. Devon and Cornwall

2. Greater Manchester

2. North Yorkshire

3. Metropolitan Police Service

3. Hampshire

4. Thames Valley

4. Hertfordshire

5. Warwickshire

5. Norfolk

Between 2012 and 2013 the number of reported thefts plummeted which is a very promising sign for British motorists, insurers and the police.

One of the most interesting facts to look at with this data set is how the results measure up between the north and south of England.

There has long been a divide both socially and economically between these regions and so it is interesting to see which has proportionately more car thefts. When filtering down the data for police forces in the north/south of the country it is revealed that the south has 4.89% more car thefts per head.

This is largely bolstered by a disproportionately large number of car thefts in the City of London, if this were to be taken away the north would have a much higher theft rate.

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  • reg dixon - 10/10/2014 11:39

    If I were stealing an expensive car for immediate export, I'd not look for it in Cornwall.

  • Bob - 10/10/2014 11:57

    Breaking News - if you live in an affluent area and have a nice car you will in percentage terms be at a higher risk of being targeted for theft because you are closer to the port to export your car!

  • Angry Jack - 10/10/2014 12:24

    I think the last sentence is a remarkably ridiculous thing to write. If the city of London is to be removed as it bolsters the figures, then all cities have to be removed as they will also bolster the figure for that area. Not a very bright 'author' really.

    • Stephen - 10/10/2014 12:41

      @Angry Jack - The city of london has 8000 residents but nearly 300,000 people work there. It's low population mans that1 theft per 100,000 people would appear to be 10 times larger than it is.

    • Angry Jack - 10/10/2014 12:48

      @Stephen - I'm not denying that, but isn't the same story true for all cities? I don't see people travelling to a city to work a unique concept to London alone. I for one do the same and I am sure others do as well....don't you think?

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