Revealed: Top Ten Car Crime Hotspots In The UK

Tue 25th Aug 2020

New research from one of the UK’s biggest price comparison websites has revealed which areas of the country have the highest level of car crimes, and which have the lowest.

Unsurprisingly, those who own cars in the London boroughs are most at risk according to Moneysupermarket. Of the top ten hotspots, six are located within the boundaries of the M25, with motors in Ilford disappearing at an alarming rate. Research shows that there were an unbelievable 20.3 car thefts per thousand in the IG postcode. Romford, North London, Bromley, South London and East London all figured highly on the car crime list of shame.

Elsewhere in the UK and the Midlands motors seem to be in demand with the thieves, with Birmingham third on the list, Dudley also make the top ten in eighth spot. There also appears to be some fairly prolific car bandits in the Yorkshire town of Halifax, with 12.80 thefts per thousand. Southend completes the list in tenth spot.

At the other end of the scale and the safest areas are some of the most remote, with Kirkwall on the Orkney Islands the lowest car crime rate of just 0.55 per thousand. Exactly how a car crime even takes place on a small community island might take some explaining. Scotland dominates the safe area top ten, with credits also to the Isle of Man, Dorchester and Plymouth.

“When comparing car insurance quotes, providers will take your location into account which may impact the cost of your premiums,” said Dave Merrick from MoneySuperMarket.

“Fully comprehensive car insurance policies are a good option for drivers to protect themselves from theft, accidental damages and loss of personal items.

“Having the right car insurance in place for your needs will help minimise the financial impact of theft. 

“If your policy is up for renewal, make sure you shop around for the best deal – doing so can save you up to £287.”