UK’s vehicle crime hotspots revealed


The Metropolitan Police Service tops the force with the highest recorded number of vehicle crimes last year, data shows.

More than 100,000 incidents of vehicle crime were recorded by the Metropolitan Police Service last year, with the month of November seeing the highest.

For the ten years leading up to 2020, the door being unlocked has been cited as the most common method of entry for theft surrounding vehicles, while breaking the window has steadily decreased over the years

In the same time frame, thefts in the morning or afternoon increased by 113 per cent, while thefts at the weekend decreased.

When it comes to the contents of vehicles, valuables are the most common item to be stolen and this has steadily increased over the past decade.

The theft of exterior fittings has decreased by more than half in this time period.

The average cost of items stolen from a vehicle has increased by more than 96 per cent over a decade.

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Areas with highest vehicle crime rates

  • Metropolitan Police Service
  • West Midlands Police
  • West Yorkshire Police
  • Thames Valley Police
  • Essex Police

Areas with lowest vehicle crime rates

  • City of London Police
  • Dyfed-Powys Police
  • Cumbria Constabulary
  • North Wales Police
  • North Yorkshire Police

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