The latest data from Co-op insurance claims dept reveals that people living in Surrey are the most likely fall victim to motor theft, followed by those living in Glasgow, Dorset and Bristol.
UK areas with the most motor thefts:
- North Yorkshire
- East Riding of Yorkshire
The insurer’s claims data also identifies makes of vehicles most likely to be targeted, with Dodge vehicles proving to be the most popular choice for thieves, followed by Land Rovers and Audis. Insurance Edge finds it incredible that Dodge is the most stolen brand, as it isn’t officially imported and peaked at about 26,000 units sold – across the whole of Europe – in 2008. We can only assume that the Dodge/Jeep Cherokee has its fans amongst the gangster community, as nobody in their right mind would steal an Avenger or Caliber.
Of those who have had their vehicles stolen, over half (56%) said the motor was parked on a road at the time. For over a quarter (28%), it was parked on a driveway, whilst a seventh (13%) said they were unsure where the vehicle was stolen from.
Meanwhile, of those who have been a victim of car crime, just 3% said their car was parked in a garage at the time, signalling that such places can be a key deterrent for thieves.
Perhaps contributing to an increasing number of motor thefts, research reveals that a quarter (25%) of UK adults would ignore the sound of a car alarm in their neighbourhood.
Nick Ansley, Head of Motor at Co-op Insurance, said:
“It’s really important that people take measures to protect their own vehicles against theft and look out for others.
“Taking simple precautions such as parking in well-lit areas, avoiding dark streets and not leaving items on display can help to prevent your vehicle being targeted.”
Insurance Edge recommends the old fashioned yellow steering lock, especially if you own a keyless entry type vehicle. It is an old school deterrent, but it works. The other thing you can consider with a high value car is fitting a telematics/dashcam device which has motion sensors, so it alerts you when a person, or vehicle is close to your parked car. You can view the footage on your smartphone and if it is an attempted theft call the Police. They might even attend, you never know.