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Car theft: The 10 most targeted areas

by LLB Reporter
8th Aug 18 8:21 am

MoneySuperMarket, the UK’s leading price comparison website, today reveals the first Car Theft Map of the UK, showing where in the country cars are most at risk of being stolen.

Data from over five million MoneySuperMarket car insurance enquiries between July 2017 and June 2018 was analysed to identify the areas with the highest rate of reported car theft claims within a five-year period. The data reveals that drivers in Essex face the highest risk of car theft, with a reported rate of 13.5 per 1,000 in Romford, with Ilford a close second with 13.

Birmingham comes third at 9.5 – considerably higher than the West Midlands as a whole, which sits at just 6.1. The Yorkshire borough Halifax comes in fourth with a rate of 8.6, followed by Liverpool at 8.2 and Southend-on-Sea at 8.1 – the third town in Essex to make it into the top 10, highlighting the county as a hotspot for car thefts.

Perhaps surprisingly, London appears further down the list, with East London coming in seventh, with a car theft rate of 7.2 per 1,000 capita – significantly higher than London as a whole, which sits at 6.1.

Lerwick in the Shetland Islands, Scotland, is officially one of the safest places to keep a car, alongside Jersey and neighbouring Guernsey, with no car thefts stated. Kirkwall, Dumfries, Inverness and Perth follow suit, with low theft rates ranging from 0.3-0.7 per 1,000 capita, making Scotland the safest area in the UK, with half of the top 10 safest areas belonging to the region. The South West also rates well as one of the safest areas for cars, with Truro in Cornwall and Exeter.

Those aged 30-49 are the most likely to report their car stolen, whilst those aged 17-19 years face the least risk.

Car Theft: Top 10 Most Targeted Areas

Rank Area Theft Rate

(per 1000 capita)

1 Romford 13.5
2 Ilford 13.0
3 Birmingham 9.5
4 Halifax 8.6
5 Liverpool 8.2
6 Southend-on-Sea 8.1
7 East London 7.2
8 Bromley 7.2
9 Bradford 7.0
10 Stockport 7.0


Car Theft: Top 10 Safest Areas

Rank Area Contents Theft Rate

(per 1000 capita)

1 Lerwick 0 (none stated)
2 Jersey 0 (none stated)
3 Guernsey 0 (none stated)
4 Kirkwall 0.3
5 Dumfries 0.6
6 Inverness 0.7
7 Perth 0.7
8 Isle of Man 0.7
9 Truro 0.8
10 Exeter 0.9


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