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Latest Crime Statistics
- Increase in "thefts from outside a dwelling"

Posted 15 July 2019
Motor Vehicle Theft

Main Source: CSEW 25/04/19

The latest crime stats published in April show mixed news for homeowners, though burglaries have fallen by 3% in the 6 months to the end of last year, this appears to mask some other more worrying figures...

Statistics show that an 8% increase in theft offences is driven by a 23% increase in "thefts from outside a dwelling" though the report includes a mention of more trivial items such as wheelie bins and "For Sale" signs, it does also mention the more concerning theft of caravans or parts of a caravan parked outside a dwelling.

It's thought these figures would be much worse but minor thefts of lower value items fail to be reported.

Also worrying is a 9% increase in "theft or unauthorised taking of a motor vehicle" so it appears it's time to get those CCTV cameras protecting your driveway.

Top 10 postcode hot spots for burglary are:
Manchester: M14, M13
Coventry: CV2
Barking & Dagenham: IG11
Birmingham: B30
Ely: CB7
Lincoln: LN7
Kingston upon Hull: HU3
Greenwich: SE10, SE2

For the figures in your local area check out our stats

Vehicle Offences

Police recorded figures showed a 2% increase in vehicle offences in the year ending December 2018 (to 463,497 offences). These offences have been increasing since the year ending March 2015. The size of the annual increase is smaller than previously (the increase in the year ending March 2018 was 12%), however, it is too early to say whether this is the start of a more stable trend.

The increase in vehicle offences in the latest year is due largely to a 9% increase in the subcategory "theft or unauthorised taking of a motor vehicle" (to 113,037 offences). Recent data from the Association of British Insurers (ABI) show an 11% rise in the number of motor insurance-settled claims relating to theft in the first nine months of 2018.

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