An investigation by Britain’s leading consumer champion and new car buying platform, What Car?, has revealed that the number of car thefts from UK train station car parks in 2023 is up 7% compared with the previous year.
A Freedom of Information request submitted to the British Transport Police revealed that 301 cars were stolen from railway station car parks between January and mid-November last year, meaning that a vehicle was stolen almost every day during that period. The figure represents a 7.1%year-on-year increase.
Tonbridge Railway Station, in Kent, was the worst hit, with 10 cars stolen between January and Mid-November, a significant increase compared with just two thefts during the same period in 2022.
Haslemere Station, Surrey, which occupied the second spot in the rankings last year, came in joint second in 2023, with Hildenborough (Kent), and Manningtree (Essex).
Earlier this year the DVLA revealed there were 61,106 cars reported stolen in 2022 – 26% more than in 2021. The most popular model among car thieves was the Ford Fiesta, followed by the Range Rover and the Ford Focus.