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Vehicle Crime in the UK

Vehicle Crime Overview

During 2021, England & Wales's police forces received 299,569 crime reports about vehicle crime. This is a decrease of 13% 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 dangeroues 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 Bristol, with a crime rate of 9, followed by South Yorkshire in third, with a vehicle crime rate of 7 per 1,000 residents.

The safest area in England and Wales for vehicle crime is Milton Keynes, which had a crime rate of 1.4 in 2021. Next safest is Plymouth, followed by Norwich in third place, with crime rates per 1,000 residents of 1.7 and 2.3 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
1Milton Keynes1.39
2Plymouth1.66
3Norwich2.27
4Belfast City3.11
5Swindon3.33
6Wolverhampton3.42
7Coventry3.69
8Birmingham3.84
9Kingston upon Hull4.12
10Stoke-on-Trent4.26

Vehicle Crime Trends

Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
2018201920202021Trend
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Most Dangerous Councils & Counties for Vehicle Crime

PositionNameCrime Rate
1London11.00
2Bristol9.28
3South Yorkshire6.88
4Bedfordshire6.70
5South Glamorgan6.07
6West Yorkshire5.67
7Hertfordshire5.61
8Berkshire5.54
9Buckinghamshire5.50
10Essex5.50

Last updated: 22 Mar 2021