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Rise in car thefts across the south-west over the last four years

Rise in car thefts across the south-west over the last four years

Published by Helen Down at 12:49pm 11th July 2020.

More motor vehicles are being stolen in the south-west according to the RAC

Figures obtained from Devon and Cornwall Police indicate there has been a 30% rise over the last four years. 

580 vehicles were stolen across both counties in the year to 2015 compared to 839 in the year to March 2019.

"These figures paint a rather disturbing picture. Vehicle thefts are on the rise almost everywhere, and in some parts of the country numbers are rocketing.

"It's also not the case that the rises in crime are confined to a few larger urban areas, with many police forces covering more rural areas also seeing big increases.

"While vehicle crime is at far lower levels today than it was in the early 1990s thanks to improvements in vehicle security, and the number of vehicles licensed to be driven on the UK's roads is higher than at any point in the past, it's still concerning that so many more vehicles are being stolen than just a few years ago.'

``While organised criminal gangs are responsible for a large proportion of crime, thieves will also be opportunistic in nature so the more a driver can do to make their car a less likely target the better.''

RAC Insurance spokesman Simon Williams 

Nationally thefts of motor vehicles in Britain have risen by 56% in four years, new figures show.

Some 152,541 vehicles were stolen in 2018/19 compared with 97,609 in 2014/15, according to police data obtained by RAC Insurance.

All but three of Britain's police forces that responded to Freedom of Information requests recorded an increase in thefts over the period.

The largest rises in terms of vehicle numbers were in the force areas of Kent (up 12,550 to 40,726), Metropolitan Police (up 9,635 to 30,773) and West Midlands (up 5,677 to 10,372).

Six forces saw thefts more than double, including Suffolk (from 347 to 945), Surrey (from 661 to 1,543) and Greater Manchester (from 3,018 to 6,223).

Only Lincolnshire, the City of London and Police Scotland recorded a reduction.

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