The UK's car theft hotspots

Sam Bisby

By: Sam Bisby

Do you ever worry about leaving your car parked outside your house overnight? What goes through your mind when you’re woken up by a car alarm in the middle of the night? It is now possible to find out how much you are at risk from vehicle theft. A recent study conducted by Intelligent Car Leasing has they identified the areas most at risk of car theft.

Requesting Freedom of Information from 42 police forces across England and Wales, Intelligent Car Leasing was able to use the car theft data provided to distinguish which areas had the most cars stolen per head.

Major cities saw more cars stolen than anywhere else, with Greater Manchester and City of London topping the list of highest thefts per head. Closely followed behind were Thames Valley, Warwickshire and Greater London.

Devon and Cornwall were at the other end of the scale as they suffered the least car thefts along with Hampshire, Norfolk, Hertfordshire and North Yorkshire.

The study also revealed that overall the number of instances involving car thefts has declined over the last 10 years. The industry experts have put down to advances in vehicle identification and key verification technology.

Also, a decrease in the value of used car parts means that stealing a car for its components is less commercial than it once was.

Even though cars are harder to steal than ever before, motorists are urged to follow simple rules to minimise the risk of their car being targeted by criminals. Aside from the most obvious steps such as hiding valuables from sight and never leaving your car running unattended, drivers are advised to keep their car parked in their garage or driveway or failing that, in a well-lit area in view of CCTV.