Hilling­don among bor­oughs to see sharp rise in car thefts

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

KENS­ING­TON and Chelsea is a hot­bed for car thieves, with one of the high­est rates of car rob­bery in the whole of Eng­land and Wales, ac­cord­ing to new fig­ures.

An anal­y­sis of po­lice crime data by The Gazette has re­vealed there were a to­tal of 22 cases of ag­gra­vated ve­hi­cle theft in the bor­ough in the 12 months to June this year.

That’s an in­crease of nearly 60% from the year be­fore, when 14 in­ci­dents recorded in the area.

When com­pared to the to­tal num­ber of ve­hi­cles reg­is­tered in the bor­ough, it is the equiv­a­lent of one in ev­ery 2,159 ve­hi­cles be­ing stolen over the course of the year.

The fig­ure is one of the high­est rates of car theft out of any­where in Eng­land and Wales, be­hind the likes of other Lon­don bor­oughs such as Tower Ham­lets and Is­ling­ton, and big cities in­clud­ing Manchester.

In com­par­i­son, across the two coun­tries only about one in ev­ery 5,770 ve­hi­cles were stolen.

Brent and Ham­mer­smith and Ful­ham were also both some of the worst ar­eas in Eng­land and Wales, for ex­am­ple, with 38 and 16 ve­hi­cle rob­beries re­spec­tively.

Hilling­don and Houn­slow both saw a sharp rise in the num­ber of car thefts be­tween 2014/15 and 2015/16.

In Hilling­don, 21 thefts jumped to 35 the fol­low­ing year, while in Houn­slow 18 in­creased to 35. Mean­while, the rate of car thefts in Har­row was be­low av­er­age.

The 14 ve­hi­cles that were taken over the 12 months equates to just one in ev­ery 7,879 ve­hi­cles in the area.

The Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice de­clined to com­ment on the fig­ures, but a spokesman said: “A po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion is con­ducted for ev­ery al­le­ga­tion of ve­hi­cle theft.”

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