Met area has most vehicle crime in UK
THE Metropolitan Police recorded the highest number of vehicle crimes in the UK in 2016, according to new research.
Figures revealed the capital’s police force recorded 89,900 vehicle crimes, classified as “theft from or of a vehicle or interference with a vehicle”.
Overall, 2016 saw more than 350,000 recorded cases of vehicle crimes in the UK, with West Midlands Police recording the second highest number at 29,106.
In third place was Greater Manchester Police, with 24,298 vehicle crimes recorded in 2016.
On the other end of the scale, just above City of London Police had the lowest amount with just 177 cases.
Second was Dyfed-Powys Police, which recorded 1,103 cases of vehicle crime in 2016.
Just less than half - 43% - of all vehicle-related theft occurs because drivers do not adequately lock their doors, according to research compiled by Click4Reg.co.uk.
According to the Office of National Statistics (ONS), 71% of all vehicle thefts occur during the week and the evening is a popular time for thieves 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.
“Making such behaviours a daily routine will go a long way in protecting driver’s vehicles from opportunist criminals and thieves.
“Overall, more awareness and precaution from drivers can go a significantly long way in reducing the numbers of vehicle crime across the UK”.