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Vehicle thefts up 21% since 2016

Vehicle thefts up 21% since 2016

Vehicle theft in England and Wales has risen by 21% in three years, according to the results of Freedom of Information request by AX.

Of the Police forces that responded, Nottinghamshire and Staffordshire Police saw the largest increases, with Nottinghamshire Police reporting an overall rise of some 60%. Hertfordshire, West Mercia, Surrey, West Midlands and Essex Police also saw well-above average increases, with each seeing overall surges of more than 40%.

At the other end of the scale, some forces have seen a decrease in motor vehicle thefts, including Merseyside Police and Avon and Somerset Constabulary. Humberside Police reported the largest drop, with a remarkable decrease of 36%.

Biggest increases in stolen vehicles

Police force

Total reported vehicles stolen

% Change since 16/17

2018/19

16/17-18/19

Nottinghamshire

1,492

59.7%

Staffordshire

1,183

53.8%

Hertfordshire

1,064

50.0%

West Midlands

7,883

44.6%

Surrey

1,069

44.1%


Biggest decreases in stolen vehicles

Police force

Total reported vehicles stolen

% Change since 16/17

2018/19

16/17-18/19

Wiltshire

156

-78.7%

Humberside

818

-35.8%

Merseyside

3,456

-26.9%

Avon & Somerset

2,384

-3.5%

Neil Thomas said: "While the lockdown may temporally reduce some types of car theft, criminals are using increasingly intelligent ways to steal vehicles and continue to find success. The combination of organised crime getting smarter and ability to make quick returns has drastically increased pressure on police forces to control the theft of motor vehicles.

"Car thieves are opportunists and have no respect for property and will remain determined to carry on illegal activity despite the current restrictions on movement across the UK. I have even seen recent reports of vehicles belonging to key workers being stolen.

"During this period of lockdown, it's even more important that car owners remain vigilant and do what they can to keep their car safe while they're using them less frequently, if at all."

Source: AX

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