UK’s motor theft hotspots revealed

14 January 2020

  • Surrey is the UK’s hotspot for motor thefts followed by Glasgow, Dorset and Bristol
  • 56% of victims had their cars stolen whilst parked on a road
  • 25% of people would ignore the sound of a car alarm

Motor thefts have increased by over a third (34%) since 2013, according to Co-op Insurance’s claims data*.

The data 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:

  1. Surrey
  2. Glasgow
  3. Dorset
  4. Bristol
  5. North Yorkshire
  6. East Riding of Yorkshire
  7. Oxfordshire
  8. Somerset
  9. Buckinghamshire
  10. Devon

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***.

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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.

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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.”

John Hayward-Cripps, CEO of Neighbourhood Watch, said:

“At Neighbourhood Watch we believe that building strong communities where neighbours look out for each other is key to crime prevention.

“It’s concerning that so many people would choose to ignore a car alarm when this, as well as other actions such as parking under a street light, can reduce the likelihood of being a victim of car crime. It’s times like these that communities need to stick together and look out for one another.”

Notes to Editors

*Claims data analysed from Co-op’s Motor Insurance claims from 2013 to 2018

** Claims data analysed from Co-op’s Motor Insurance claims from Q1 2017 to Q1 2019

*** Claims data analysed from Co-op’s Motor Insurance claims from 2018

**** Research conducted on behalf of Co-op Insurance by YouGov among 4,000 UK adults in October 2019

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