Met area has most ve­hi­cle crime in UK

Harefield Gazette - - News - by TOM HER­BERT tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

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 Click­

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 Click­, 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”.

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