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Vehicle Crime in the UK

Vehicle Crime Overview

During 2021, England & Wales's police forces received 319,193 crime reports about vehicle crime. This is a decrease of 6% from 2020's figure of 339,370 reports of vehicle crime, giving an overall crime rate of 5 per 1,000 people in 2021 and a rate of 6 per 1,000 people for 2020.

The most dangerous cities for vehicle crime are Haringey, Enfield, and Ealing, with crime rates of 19, 17, and 13 per 1,000 residents respectively. The most dangerous region for vehicle crime is London, which recorded a vehicle crime rate of 11 offences per 1,000 people in 2021. The second most dangerous area for vehicle crime is West Midlands, with a crime rate of 10, followed by Bristol in third, with a vehicle crime rate of 9 per 1,000 residents.

The safest area in England and Wales for vehicle crime is Plymouth, which had a crime rate of 1.7 in 2021. Next safest is Norwich, followed by Belfast City in third place, with crime rates per 1,000 residents of 2.4 and 3.1 respectively.

The Most Dangerous Towns & Cities for Vehicle Crime

PositionNameCrime Rate
1Haringey18.78
2Enfield16.93
3Ealing12.95
4Westminster12.81
5Hammersmith and Fulham12.70
6Redbridge12.64
7Barnet12.30
8Waltham Forest12.08
9Hillingdon11.75
10Lewisham11.45

The Safest Towns & Cities for Vehicle Crime

PositionNameCrime Rate
1Plymouth1.67
2Norwich2.39
3Belfast City3.11
4Swindon3.43
5Kingston upon Hull4.12
6Stoke-on-Trent4.29
7Southend-on-Sea4.54
8Brighton and Hove4.70
9Derby4.83
10Swansea4.96

Vehicle Crime Trends

Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
2018201920202021Trend
7.677.275.665.33Safer

Most Dangerous Councils & Counties for Vehicle Crime

PositionNameCrime Rate
1London11.00
2West Midlands10.22
3Bristol9.28
4South Yorkshire6.88
5Bedfordshire6.70
6South Glamorgan6.07
7West Yorkshire5.67
8Hertfordshire5.61
9Berkshire5.54
10Buckinghamshire5.50

Last updated: 22 Mar 2021