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Romford tops the list as area having the most vehicles stolen

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Britain’s car crime hotspots revealed: Romford postcode has the highest proportion of motor thefts for second year running

  • Romford was found to be the area with the most car thefts for the second year
  • Meanwhile, those in Scotland are amongst some of the safest 
  • We reveal which are the best – and worst – locations for car theft  

Romford has the highest rate of reported car thefts in the UK for a second year running, new research has revealed.

The ‘RM’ postcode has a car theft rate of 16.38 per 1,000 insurance enquiries in 2021 – an increase from 15.74 in 2020, according to data from Money Super Market and enough to top all other areas in the country.

Ilford and Barking were a close second with a rate of 15.71, again for a second consecutive year as thieves continue to target the same regions.

Hotspot: Romford is the place with the most car thefts in the UK for the second year in a row

Meanwhile, Dumfries and Galloway, located in Scotland’s Western Southern Uplands, has the lowest rate of reported car thefts at 0.37 per 1,000 capita.

Money Super Market analysed millions of car insurance enquiries made on its site between 20 July 2020 and 20 July 2021 to identify the areas with the highest and lowest rates of reported car theft claims within a five-year period.

It found that Birmingham was the area with the third highest theft rate with 13.33 claims per 1,000 closely followed by North London with a rate of 12.61. 

Enfield, Dudley and South West London also all made the list.  

Meanwhile, Scottish locations dominate the ten safest areas for car theft with Kirkwall, Perth, Paisley and Galashiels all taking top positions.

Other areas with the lowest theft rate include the Isle of Man with a rate of 0.39 claims per 1,000 and Llandrindod Wells with a rate of 0.79.

South West towns Plymouth and Exeter also made the list.  

When it comes to age, the research found drivers aged 30 to 39 are the most likely to report their car as stolen with a theft rate of 8.78 per 1,000 people whilst those aged 20 to 24 years face the least risk at a rate of 4.09.

This compares to 2020, where 40 to 49 year olds were most likely to face higher risk of car theft with a rate of 8.33.

TOP 10 MOST TARGETED AREAS FOR CAR THEFT  

Rank Area and postcode Theft Rate Per 1000
1 Romford RM 16.38
2 Ilford and Barking IG 15.71
3 Birmingham – B 13.33
4 North London N 12.61
5 Enfield – EN 12.05
6 Dudley DY 11.66
7 South-West London SW 11.32
8 Bromley – BR 11.01
9 Stockport – SK 10.82
10 West End – W 10.67
Source: Money Super Market   

Scottish locations dominate the ten safest areas for car theft with many taking top positions

Scottish locations dominate the ten safest areas for car theft with many taking top positions

The Ford Fiesta was the vehicle most targeted by thieves in 2020 with 3,392 reported cases, according to DVLA statistics, followed by the Land Rover Range Rover with 2,881 cases then the Volkswagen Golf at 1,975 cases.

Praksha Patel-Shah, car insurance expert at Money Super Market, said: ‘Not only can where you live and park your car increase the likelihood of you experiencing car theft, but criminals are now becoming more inventive and sophisticated when it comes to modern vehicles, so extra preventions may be necessary.

‘Our research shows that urban, built-up areas have the highest incidences of car theft, while more rural, remote areas tend to record fewer instances.

‘Insurers do consider your location when providing you with a quote, so if you live in an area with a high theft rate, you might see this reflected in higher premiums.

‘Regardless of your location, shopping around for a new car insurance policy can help reduce your costs significantly – in just a matter of minutes you could save up to £236 a year.’

TOP 10 SAFEST AREAS FOR CAR THEFT 

Rank Area and Postcode Theft Rate Per 1000
1 DG – Dumfries and Galloway 0.37
2 IV – Inverness 0.39
3 IM – Isle Of Man 0.39
4 KW – Kirkwall 0.48
5 LD – Llandrindod Wells 0.79
6 PH – Perth 0.87
7 PL – Plymouth 0.98
8 PA – Paisley 1.01
9 TD – Galashiels 1.11
10 EX – Exeter 1.31
 Source: Money Super Market  

Previous research conducted last month found that nine of the top ten locations for car theft are in the capital including the exclusive borough of Kensington and Chelsea as well as Ealing and Wandsworth, according to data collated by Co-Op Insurance. 

It found that Preston was the only postcode in the north with car crime stats high enough to be placed within the top 20, sitting at number 13 in the list.

Meanwhile, correlating with the research conducted by Money Super Market, Moray in Scotland was found to have the least frequency of vehicle theft claims in four years.

Tips for how to keep a car safe

Money Super Market has compiled a list of seven tips for securing your vehicle from potential thieves:

1. Make sure your car keys aren’t easily accessible, avoid leaving them near your front door and in sight of any potential opportunists.

2. Always check that your car is locked before you walk away – many assume their vehicle locks automatically and are putting themselves at risk of easy car theft.

3. If you’re able to, parking off road or in a garage can make it harder for criminals to steal your vehicle. Using a garage can help protect your car more and may also help you save money on your car insurance.

4. Many car thefts are opportunistic and aren’t planned, so make sure your car is fitted with an alarm and no valuables are left in sight. Where possible, don’t leave your vehicle running or unattended even if this is for a short period of time.

5. Getting windows made from security glass or Enhanced Protection Glazing, which are designed to prevent ‘smash and grab’ attacks, can protect you against damage to your vehicle.

6. Security measures such as tracking devices and steering wheel locks can act as good deterrents, minimising damage and increasing the chance of recovery.

7. If you have a keyless car, try purchasing a metal tin or protective pouch to store your keys in – this will help block criminals from using advanced methods such as relay technology to unlock your vehicle.

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