The worst place to own a car in the UK revealed

Wednesday, November 2, 2016


The worst cities for car crime, vandalism and dangerous driving in the UK have been revealed.


As part of a new search by Ruas Insurance, police forces have admitted that car thieves and criminals who steal contents from vehicles are more than likely to get away punishment free.


Despite the number of vehicle thefts increasing, figures revealed that the number of individuals caught and charged for stealing cars dropped. The figures are from official 2016 police data, claims data and consumer research.


London suffered the most from vandalism with 33% of them experiencing their car being vandalised in one way or another. It’s significantly larger than those in Leeds and Glasgow which are placed second with 13% of locals admitting to having had their car vandalised.


One in three Londoners have had their car vandalised while parked.


Behind Manchester and Leeds, London places third for car crime and sits in the same place in the table for unsafe roads not too far behind Bradford and Bristol.


Rias Insurance looked at the level of car crime in the UK’s ten most populous cities, ranking them from the worst place to own a car to the best. The results are as follows;













Approximately 70,000 cars are stolen each year, however only one in ten people are being reprimanded for the crime.


A staggering 192 car crimes per 10,000 registered cars have been recorded in Manchester compared to 48 crimes per 10,000 vehicles in Glasgow, which ranked as the tenth most. 


In contrast, only 7% of residents in Bradford have experienced car vandalism but the roads themselves are tougher on cars and motorists where 64% of residents think roads are actually unsafe.


According to Rias, there has been on average a rise of 78% in the number of motor insurance claims from the day before the clocks go back to the day after over the past three years. This isn’t limited to car crime, however as more drivers have accidents whilst on the road due to the night arriving earlier. 


The numbers showed that 4 in 10 (43%) of car thefts aren’t investigated by UK police forces and a shocking 82% of thefts from vehicles are not investigated into by police.


Lancashire Police stated that 71% of car thefts had no line of inquiry resulting in no follow up investigation. This is up from 69% the year before.


Adam Clarke, managing director of Rias, said: “While official data appears to show that some cities have higher vehicle crime rates than others, people should always be mindful of crime in their city and not get complement even when crime rate is low.”


Clarke has issued advice to car owners to help cut crime that includes never leaving valuables on show to tempt ‘smash and grab’ thieves. He also suggests turning your wheels towards the kerb when parking, as it will put thieves off as it will take more time to drive away.

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