Romford tops the list as the area with the most stolen vehicles

UK car crime hotspots revealed: Romford postcode has highest rate of motorcycle theft for second year in a row

  • Romford turned out to be the area with the most car thefts for the second year
  • Meanwhile, those in Scotland are among the safest
  • We reveal the best – and worst – locations for car theft

Romford has the highest number of reported car thefts in the UK for the second year in a row, new research shows.

The zip code “RM” has a car theft rate of 16.38 per 1,000 insurance applications in 2021 — up from 15.74 in 2020, according to Money Super Market data, and enough to surpass all other areas in the country.

Ilford and Barking were a close second at 15.71, again for the second straight year as thieves continue to target the same regions.

Hotspot: Romford is the most car theft place in the UK for the second year in a row

Meanwhile, Dumfries and Galloway, located in Scotland’s western Southern Highlands, has the lowest rate of reported car thefts at 0.37 per 1,000 heads of population.

Money Super Market analyzed millions of auto insurance questions asked on its site between July 20, 2020 and July 20, 2021 to identify the areas with the highest and lowest rates of reported auto theft claims within a five-year period.

It turned out that Birmingham was the area with the third highest theft rate with 13.33 claims per 1,000, closely followed by North London with a rate of 12.61.

Enfield, Dudley and South West London were all on the list as well.

Meanwhile, Scottish locations dominate the ten safest areas for car theft, with Kirkwall, Perth, Paisley and Galashiels all taking top spots.

Other areas with the lowest theft rate are the Isle of Man with a rate of 0.39 claims per 1,000 and Llandrindod Wells with a rate of 0.79.

Southwestern cities of Plymouth and Exeter also made the list.

In terms of age, the study found that drivers aged 30 to 39 are most likely to report their cars stolen, with a theft rate of 8.78 per 1,000 people, while those aged 20 to 24 are the least at risk. at a rate of 4.09.

This compared to 2020, where 40 to 49 year olds were most at risk of car theft at 8.33.

Rank Area and zip code Theft rate per 1000
1 Romford RMI 16.38
2 Ilford and Barking IG 15.71
3 Birmingham – B 13.33
4 North London nr 12.61
5 Enfield – NL 12.05
6 Dudley DY 11.66
7 South West London SW 11.32
8 Bromley – BR 11.01
9 Stockport – SK 10.82
10 West End – W 10.67
Source: Money Super Market
Scottish locations dominate the ten safest areas for car theft, with many taking top positions

Scottish locations dominate the top ten safest areas for car theft, with many taking top positions

The Ford Fiesta was the vehicle most targeted by thieves in 2020 with 3,392 reported cases, according to DVLA statistics, followed by the Land Rover Range Rover with 2,881 cases and the Volkswagen Golf with 1,975 cases.

Praksha Patel-Shah, auto insurance expert at Money Super Market, said: “Not only can where you live and park your car can increase the chances of car theft, but criminals are now also getting more inventive and sophisticated when it comes to modern vehicles. , so additional prevention may be needed.

“Our research shows that urban, built-up areas have the highest rate of car theft, while fewer cases are recorded in more rural, remote areas.

“Insurers do take your location into account when providing a quote, so if you live in an area with a high theft rate, you may see this reflected in higher premiums.

‘Regardless of your location, shopping around for new car insurance can help you cut costs significantly – in just minutes you can save up to £236 a year.’

Rank Area and zip code Theft rate per 1000
1 DG – Dumfries and Galloway 0.37
2 IV – Inverness 0.39
3 IM – Isle of Man 0.39
4 KW – Kirkwall 0.48
5 LD – Llandrindod Wells 0.79
6 PH – Perth 0.87
7 PL – Plymouth 0.98
8 PA – Paisley 1.01
9 TD – Galashiels 1.11
10 EX – Exeter 1.31
Source: Money Super Market

Earlier research last month found that nine of the top ten car theft locations are in the capital, including the exclusive neighborhood of Kensington and Chelsea, as well as Ealing and Wandsworth, according to data collected by Co-Op Insurance.

It turned out that Preston was the only zip code in the north with car crime stats high enough to place it in the top 20, at number 13 on the list.

Meanwhile, correlating with the survey conducted by Money Super Market, Moray in Scotland was found to have the lowest frequency of vehicle theft claims in four years.

Tips to keep a car safe

Money Super Market has compiled a list of seven tips to keep your vehicle safe from would-be thieves:

1. Make sure your car keys aren’t easily accessible, don’t leave them near your front door and in sight of potential opportunists.

2. Always check that your car is locked before you walk away – many assume that their car will lock automatically and are at risk of easy car theft.

3. If you can, it can make it more difficult for criminals to steal your vehicle if you park on the road or in a garage. Using a garage can help you better protect your car and can also help you save money on your car insurance.

4. Many car thefts are opportunistic and unplanned, so make sure your car has an alarm and no valuables are in plain sight. Whenever possible, do not leave your vehicle running or unattended, even if for a short period of time.

5. By having windows made of safety glass or Enhanced Protection Glazing, which are designed to prevent ‘smash and grab’ attacks, you can protect against damage to your vehicle.

6. Security measures such as tracking devices and steering wheel locks can be a good deterrent, minimize damage and increase the chance of recovery.

7. If you have a car without a key, try buying a metal can or protective pouch to store your keys in – this will help criminals use advanced methods like relay technology to unlock your vehicle.