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Vehicle Thefts Near You

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  • Did vehicle crime increase last year in your area?
  • Should you be happier living in Chesterfield, Stockport, Northampton or Lewisham?
  • See the table below to find out

Vehicle offences includes cars, motorcycles, scooters, mopeds and vans being stolen, in addition to your property being stolen from inside these vehicles.

The tables below show police recorded vehicle crimes in 2013/14 compared with the year before and show the recorded change.  The actual number of vehicle offences recorded in 2013/14 is also shown.

Taking Chesterfield as an example explains how the table works.

  • 60.  This is the percentage change in Vehicle Offences 13/14 compared to 12/13, so a 60% INCREASE.  A higher number is worse.
  • 635.  This is the number of recorded vehicle offences that took place in 13/14.      

 

    

How Many Vehicle crimes took Place in Your Area?  Find it in the table below. 

Community Safety Partnership  % Change Number of Vehicle Crimes
Chesterfield 60 635
Cotswold 53 436
Adur 51 431
Ribble Valley 50 268
Horsham 43 547
Fylde 38 297
Melton 36 282
Oadby and Wigston 32 264
Wokingham 31 703
Stockport 24 2,510
Watford 23 539
Vale of White Horse 22 298
Shropshire 21 1,291
Tewkesbury 21 398
Pendle 20 630
Bedford 19 859
Bracknell Forest 19 565
Stroud 19 519
Brighton and Hove 19 2,228
Wirral 18 1,363

 

 

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North Worcestershire 18 1,962
Basingstoke and Deane 17 714
Oldham 17 1,786
Hart 17 315
Stevenage 16 452
Erewash 16 723
Derby 16 2,012
Solihull 15 2,095
Cheltenham 15 676
North East Derbyshire 14 357
Dudley 14 2,279
Charnwood 14 1,136
Castle Point 14 492
Southampton 14 1,883
Blaby 13 785
Blackburn with Darwen 13 1,362
Rugby 12 736
Carmarthenshire 11 440
Rother 11 346
Calderdale 11 1,982
Eastleigh 11 506
Central Bedfordshire 10 1,786
Rutland 10 183
Luton 10 2,073
Southwark 10 3,294
Cherwell 10 643
Southend-on-Sea 10 1,604
Torfaen 9 533
Bolton 9 2,309
Hartlepool 9 447
Swale 9 967
Enfield 9 4,326
Welwyn Hatfield 8 474
Conwy 8 389
Uttlesford 7 494
Torbay 7 735
Tower Hamlets 7 2,974
Wigan 7 2,163
Cannock Chase 7 409
City of London 7 201
Westminster 7 3,738
Walsall 7 2,105
Tunbridge Wells 6 362
Dartford and Gravesham 6 1,767
Wakefield 6 2,553
St Albans 6 617
Blackpool 6 1,043
West Oxfordshire 6 323
Thanet 6 866
Ashfield 5 699
Rochdale 5 1,720
Nuneaton and Bedworth 5 1,291
Preston 5 978
Vale of Glamorgan 5 625
Halton 5 952
Gateshead 5 1,045
Coventry 5 2,875
Medway 4 1,939
Breckland 4 357
West Lancashire 4 604
Trafford 4 1,028
Manchester 4 5,403
Tameside 4 1,689
Telford and Wrekin 4 905
Lancaster 4 719
Northumberland 3 933
South Bucks 3 748
Mansfield 3 750
Sunderland 3 1,247
Camden 3 2,965
Leicester 3 2,746
Forest of Dean 3 337
Blaenau Gwent 3 544
Wellingborough 3 624
Oxford 3 1,048
East Cambridgeshire 2 367
Scarborough 2 332
Aylesbury Vale 2 924
Northern Devon 2 355
Caerphilly 2 1,028
Wyre 2 474
County Durham 2 2,478
Sevenoaks 1 854
St. Helens 1 951
Newark and Sherwood 1 557
Rhondda Cynon Taf 1 1,257
Wrexham 1 758
North Norfolk 1 169
Winchester 1 342
Shepway 1 457
Kensington and Chelsea 1 2,143
Basildon 1 1,690
West Lindsey 1 325
South Warwickshire 1 1,628
Rotherham 1 2,070
Harlow 1 704
Birmingham 1 9,563

 

The areas listed above all experienced an increase in vehicle crime last year, from 18% in North Worcestershire, to 1% in Birmingham, where over 9,000 crimes were recorded.

 

Somerset 0 2,221
Chelmsford 0 761
Amber Valley 0 532
North East Lincolnshire 0 1,133
South Holland 0 379
Newcastle-under-Lyme 0 514
Kingston upon Hull 0 1,873
Stockton-on-Tees 0 804
Sandwell 0 2,884
Powys 0 243
Gosport 0 404
Nottingham -1 2,520
South Cambridgeshire -1 576
Gwynedd -1 354
East Staffordshire -1 449
Redcar and Cleveland -1 656
Bolsover -1 438
East Northamptonshire -1 519
Broxbourne -1 715
Newham -1 4,237
Isle of Wight -1 335
Haringey -2 3,618
South Worcester -2 1,531
Barnsley -2 1,742
East and Mid Devon -2 545
Bexley -2 1,713
Ipswich -2 1,009
Ryedale -2 128
Rossendale -2 383
Bassetlaw -3 923
Sefton -3 1,500
South Oxfordshire -3 593
Cheshire West and Chester -3 1,558
Hyndburn -3 483
Tonbridge and Malling -3 594
Barnet -3 3,897
Leeds -3 7,249
West Berkshire -3 872
Huntingdonshire -3 815
South Devon and Dartmoor -3 803
Kingston upon Thames -4 790
Wealden -4 520
Bristol, City of  -4 4,076
Fenland -4 413
  -4 8,316
Islington -4 2,470
Bradford -4 6,061
Doncaster -4 2,470
Havering -4 2,514
Three Rivers -4 334
Chorley -4 510
Lambeth -4 3,410
Greenwich -4 2,360
Portsmouth -4 1,082
Braintree -4 739
Barking and Dagenham -4 2,494
Monmouthshire -4 406
Tandridge -5 565
Chiltern -5 411
Dacorum -5 810
Tamworth -5 280
Tendring -5 621
Kirklees -6 3,062
Dorset -6 1,642
Pembrokeshire -6 220
Harborough -6 360
East Riding of Yorkshire -6 913
Croydon -6 3,585
Rushmoor -6 454
Surrey Heath -7 229
High Peak -7 414
Mid Sussex -7 574
Richmond upon Thames -7 1,552
Waverley -7 347
Swansea -7 1,911
Liverpool -7 3,694
Milton Keynes -7 2,100
Ealing -7 3,844
Norwich -7 744
Worthing -7 444
North Lincolnshire -7 859
Hinckley and Bosworth -8 591
Harrogate -8 361
Windsor and Maidenhead -8 1,116
South Staffordshire -8 458
Hastings -8 578
Rochford -8 380
Dover -8 503
Craven -8 202
York -8 873
King's Lynn and West Norfolk -8 433
Stafford -8 357
North West Leicestershire -9 507
Hillingdon -9 2,589
East Hertfordshire -9 618
Hertsmere -9 564
Darlington -9 881
Slough -9 1,511
Middlesbrough -9 1,245
Brent -9 2,705
Wolverhampton -9 1,798
Swindon -9 1,299
Wandsworth -9 3,587
Babergh -10 433
Colchester -10 767
North Somerset -10 899
Test Valley -10 373
Bromley -10 2,634
South Nottinghamshire -10 1,503
Cheshire East -11 1,463
Sheffield -11 5,276
Bridgend -11 754
South Norfolk -11 356
Peterborough -11 1,440
Epping Forest -12 1,367
Western Suffolk -12 1,248
Hambleton -12 230
North Tyneside -12 527
Waltham Forest -12 3,624
Richmondshire -12 179
Newcastle upon Tyne -12 1,552
Woking -12 290
Lincoln -12 760
Maidstone -12 695
Ceredigion -13 84
Elmbridge -13 572
South Gloucestershire -13 1,211
Bury -13 1,175
Stoke-on-Trent -13 1,444
Boston -13 322
North Hertfordshire -13 428
Hackney -13 2,923
Newport -13 998
Fareham -14 281
Kettering -14 531
Exeter -14 563
Staffordshire Moorlands -14 261
Cardiff -14 3,682
South Tyneside -14 434
Thurrock -14 1,864
Sutton -14 1,544
Eden -15 141
North Kesteven -15 322
Wiltshire -15 1,728
Bath and North East Somerset -15 617
New Forest -15 747
Burnley -15 699
Ashford -15 550
Herefordshire -15 635
Neath Port Talbot -15 720
Salford -15 1,781
Copeland -15 111
Eastbourne -15 364
North Warwickshire -15 505
Brentwood -15 617
South Kesteven -16 539
Broadland -16 252
Derbyshire Dales -16 193
Havant -16 449
Plymouth -17 1,179
Suffolk Coastal -17 414
Merton -17 1,627
Flintshire -17 502
Hammersmith and Fulham -17 2,376
Bournemouth -17 1,553
South Ribble -17 407
Daventry and South Northamptonshire -18 859
Warrington -18 1,228
Waveney -18 299
Redbridge -18 3,394
Mole Valley -19 293
Carlisle -19 368
Cambridge -19 546
East Lindsey -20 378
Wycombe -20 820
Isle of Anglesey -20 134
Reigate and Banstead -20 582
Corby -20 292
Reading -21 1,221
Spelthorne -21 508
Hounslow -22 2,372
Knowsley -22 808
East Hampshire -22 279
Cornwall -22 1,385
Selby -23 268
Lichfield -23 333
Great Yarmouth -23 292

 

Some quite large reductions can be found in the section above, this is good news, however there are still thousands of thefts reported to the Police. 

 

South Lakeland -23 199
Allerdale -24 260
Merthyr Tydfil -24 431
Harrow -24 1,498
Canterbury -25 567
Gloucester -25 689
Runnymede -25 308
Chichester -25 383
Lewisham -26 2,305
Poole -27 1,009
South Derbyshire -27 337
Lewes -27 342
Barrow-in-Furness -28 184
Maldon -28 309
Guildford -28 499
Crawley -30 766
Epsom and Ewell -30 305
Arun -31 587
Denbighshire -34 230
Northampton -35 1,564

 

These 20 places had the biggest reductions in the country.  Northampton reduced by 35%, which seems a very big percentage, but it still had over 1,500 vehicle related thefts in the last year.

Summary

The details highlighted above show the percentage change in vehicle crime offences in 2013/14 against the year before.  There are a number of different factors that could account for this change, improved Police recording techniques, changes in the number of vehicles in an area, criminals moving into or out of an area, or the Police being a bigger threat to criminals. 

A number of different crime prevention techniques can be used to try and prevent becoming a victim, adding layers of security using different products is one method of trying to reduce the chances of becoming a victim.  Different options  for protecting your vehicle can be found on the mycrimeprevention.co.uk website.

 

 

 

The Isles of Scilly had less than 50 crimes in 2012/13 are not included in this table,

 

Data Sources:  Police Recorded Crime in England and Wales, year ending March 2014.

1. Source: Police recorded crime, Home Office
2. Police recorded crime data are not designated as National Statistics.
3. Caution must be taken when interpreting offences that contain small numbers.
4. '-'  indicates the base number is less than 50.
5. When interpreting data for Kent, users should be aware of recent changes to recording practices in that force. For further information see the section on 'Accuracy of the statistics' in the introduction to the statistical bulletin.
6. Percentage change figures for fraud are not presented. Action Fraud have taken over the recording of fraud offences on behalf of individual police forces.

Additionally, as part of a recent inquiry by the Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) into crime statistics allegations of under-recording of crime by the police have been made. This inquiry also heard evidence from the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Kent in which she referred to improvements in crime recording following an HMIC inspection in Kent that reported in February 2013 (HMIC, 2013). HMIC concluded that in Kent the decision to record a crime was made correctly approximately 90% of the time. In her evidence to the PASC inquiry the Kent PCC reported that subsequent internal audits have indicated compliance with the NCRS has increased to over 95%. This is consistent with the force level breakdown of police recorded crime data which shows a marked increase (up 11%) in the number of crimes recorded in Kent in the last year. Action taken in Kent to improve compliance with the NCRS is likely to have been an important factor in driving this increase1. These types of increases may be seen for other police forces over the coming months as a result of renewed focus on the quality of crime recording and a tightening up of compliance with the NCRS (see section on 'Interpreting data on police recorded crime').

http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/crime-stats/crime-statistics/period-ending-march-2014/stb-crime-stats.html#tab-Accuracy-of-the-Statistics

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