As cars and their inherent technology have improved, advanced, and become far more sophisticated, it’s easy to think that car crime is a thing of the past. Sadly, that’s not the case and, in many cases, new technology, like keyless entry systems, has led to an increase in car crime. In fact, 2021 has the dubious honor of reporting the highest level of vehicle thefts for 4 years!
Whilst we’re not trying to scare you, we wanted to take a look at the UKs car crime hotspots so you can be aware of it and how you might be able to protect yourself and your vehicle from falling fowl of those looking to take what isn’t theirs, aka scumbags.
Before we get into the locations themselves, how were these places determined? Co-Op Insurance looked at the frequency of claims made by their policyholders over the last 5 years or so. By analysing that data, they drew up a list of, not only the places with the most claims, but also the cars that are attracting the wrong type of attention.
London on Top:
It’s probably no surprise that London and its boroughs hold the lion’s share of car theft in the UUK. In fact 9 of the top 10 car crime hotspots were all located in the nation’s capital. Obviously, London has a much denser population so more people naturally leads to more vehicles. Topping the list were Lambeth in South London, followed by the more affluent boroughs of Kensington & Chelsea and Ealing, both in West London.
Outside of London, although just a little bit, Watford filled out the Top 10 coming in 9th. Geographically, only one town in the Top 20 was located in the north of the country. That dubious honour fell to Preston in Lancashire, but it was surrounded by southern towns namely Slough in Berkshire, Southampton in Hampshire, Spelthorne in Surrey, and Stevenage in Hertfordshire all made the list.
Interestingly, Tracker, the vehicle tracking company, also analysed their data with regard to locations where cars were stolen, but also were recovered, and whilst London also topped that list, the West Midlands, Greater Manchester, Essex and Kent were also high on that list.
So those are the towns with the highest recorded car crimes, but what vehicles are the thieves targeting? You might think they would be targeting only high-end, luxury vehicles, but that’s not always the case.
The top two cars with a theft claim reported as a percentage of total theft claims were the Ford Fiesta and Ford Focus, followed by the Vauxhall Corsa and Astra, beating the VW Golf into 5th. From there on, that’s when the luxury car brands start to appear with the Range Rover Evoque, Land Rover Discovery, Audi A3, Mercedes C-Class and Audi A4 filling out the top 10.
When you remember that those cars topping the list are more likely to be the same makes and models that most of us we rely on everyday, it really starts to hit home at how close we are to being impacted by vehicle theft.
Incidentally, if you’re looking to move to somewhere with the lowest car crimes, find a house in mid-Devon, Denbighshire in Wales or Moray in Scotland.
Of course, no device is ever going to be 100% perfect in the fight against car thieves, but you can reduce that risk massively whilst also increasing the chances of recovering it, by investing in a car tracking device.
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