Research by comparison and switching site, Uswitch has revealed the UK’s safest and least safe cities for parking and guess what? The progessive Nirvana that is Bristol has topped the charts as the least safe place to park your car.
Uswitch analysed 200 of the UK’s busiest car parks across several operators to uncover the most and least secure car parks based on their postcodes. They then investigated the 73 towns and cities the most and least safe car parks were based in to uncover the UK’s most and least safe cities for parking.
- Their study reveals that Bristol is the least safe city for parking with the highest average crime in its car park, whilst Wigan tops the safest charts.
- Out of the 200 busiest UK car parks analysed across 73 towns and cities, St Davids in Exeter had the least incidences of vehicle crime whilst Covent Garden, London was shown to be a hotspot for criminal activity.
- Brits spend an average of £2,000 on parking, making it one of the most expensive aspects of owning a car.
Read the full report: https://www.uswitch.com/guides/car-insurance/safest-car-parks
The Most and Least Safe UK Car Parks
It should come as no surprise that plenty of car-based crime is centred around the city centre car parks that we all rely on for convenient access to high streets. But which areas in the UK are being hit hardest by criminal behaviour?
With more than one incidence of vehicle crime per day, Uswitch found that London’s Covent Garden was the hardest hit by criminals, with the capital’s car parks also taking the second and third spots in the least safe car park rankings. The data covers thefts from cars and vandalism by the way, not actual thefts of cars from car parks.
On the other side of the coin, Exeter’s St David’s only saw a single incidence of vehicle crime in the year between April 2019 and March 2020, the city’s Central Station also came in third place while second safest went to Stockport’s King Street. In fact, four of the ten safest car parks were attached to train stations implying a higher level of security at these locations.
What Can You Do To Keep Your Car Safe?
Uswitch highlights the official advice from the Met Police:
- Lock your doors and close your windows
- Secure number plates and alloys
- Protect external items
- Hide belongings and devices
- Choose your car park wisely and prioritise well-lit areas
- Never leave documentation in the vehicle
How To Save Money On Car Parking
The average Brit spends almost £2,000 per year on parking alone according to research by transport analytics specialists Inrix.