High rate of ve­hi­cle crime recorded

Thames Val­ley ranks fifth in Eng­land ac­cord­ing to new re­search

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

THAMES Val­ley Po­lice recorded the fifth high­est num­ber of ve­hi­cle crimes across the UK last year, ac­cord­ing to new re­search.

Data con­fig­ured by Click­4Reg.co.uk has re­vealed the force recorded more than 13,000 ve­hi­cle crimes in 2016, beaten only by the Metropoli­tan Po­lice, West Mid­lands, Greater Manch­ester and West York­shire Po­lice.

The Met Po­lice topped the ta­ble with 89,900 crimes recorded, a fig­ure which dwarfed that recorded by the West Mid­lands Po­lice who came sec­ond with 29,106.

Round­ing off the top five, Greater Manch­ester Po­lice recorded 24,298 and West York­shire 24,275 recorded ve­hi­cle crimes, which are clas­si­fied as “theft from or of a ve­hi­cle or in­ter­fer­ence with a ve­hi­cle”.

At the other end of the scale the data re­vealed the City of Lon­don Po­lice had the low­est num­ber of ve­hi­cle crimes, record­ing just 177 cases.

Just above City of Lon­don Po­lice was DyfedPowys Po­lice who recorded 1,103 cases of ve­hi­cle crime in 2016.

Over­all there were more than 350,000 recorded cases of ve­hi­cle crimes across 43 po­lice forces/con­stab­u­lar­ies in the UK in 2016.

Just under half - 43% - of all ve­hi­cle-re­lated theft oc­curs be­cause driv­ers do not ad­e­quately lock their doors, says Click­4Reg. co.uk.

And ac­cord­ing to the Of­fice of National Sta­tis­tics (ONS), 71% of all ve­hi­cle theft oc­curs dur­ing the week and night is a pop­u­lar time for thieve to op­er­ate, with 43% oc­cur­ring dur­ing this pe­riod.

Ben Leonard, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Click­4Reg.co. uk, said: “The fig­ures are cer­tainly fas­ci­nat­ing. Ve­hi­cle crime is cer­tainly more preva­lent than any­one would ex­pect.

“Whilst un­for­tu­nate, there are var­i­ous ef­fec­tive ac­tions that driv­ers can take to safe­guard their ve­hi­cle from any po­ten­tial crime.

“All driv­ers should aim to make sim­ple steps such as lock­ing doors and re­mov­ing all valu­able pos­ses­sions when not in their ve­hi­cle a habit.

Click­4Reg have is­sued top tips to re­duce the risk of be­ing a vic­tim of ve­hi­cle crime.

Doors and Win­dows – Make every ef­fort to close all win­dows and fully lock the ve­hi­cle when leav­ing it at your own prop­erty, at work or else­where.

Valu­able Pos­ses­sions – Re­move all valu­able pos­ses­sions out of plain sight when not in the ve­hi­cle – es­pe­cially money, wal­lets, purses and elec­tronic items (in­clud­ing ra­dio).

Park­ing – Al­ways aim to park your ve­hi­cle in a well-lit area, as suf­fi­cient light­ing will more than likely de­ter crim­i­nals and thieves from tar­get­ing your ve­hi­cle.

Plan­ning – If you’re mak­ing jour­neys to un­fa­mil­iar lo­ca­tions and sites, plan ahead to avoid driv­ing through, and park­ing in any high crime ar­eas.

Ex­tra Pro­tec­tion – A car alarm or steer­ing wheel lock can go a long way in adding ex­tra se­cu­rity for your ve­hi­cle.

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