Vehicle thefts up 21% | Motoring Issues - Car News Apr 2020

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11:24 Thursday 23 Apr 2020

Vehicle thefts in England and Wales have shot up by a more than a fifth in recent years according to new figures obtained under a Freedom of Information request.

Accident aftercare specialists AX made the request to police forces across England and Wales, and the data revealed a 21% rise in vehicle thefts between 2016 and 2019.

Nottinghamshire Police reported the biggest rise, with vehicle thefts increasing by almost 60% between 2016 and 2019, while Staffordshire Police were not far behind with a jump of 54%.  Hertfordshire, Surrey, West Midlands and Essex Police also saw well-above average increases, with each seeing overall surges of more than 40%.

Some forces bucked the trend, with Merseyside Police, Avon and Somerset Constabulary, Humberside Police, and Wiltshire all reporting drop in vehicle thefts - the latter achieving a spectacular fall of 79% - however with the overall trend showing thefts are on the increase extra vigilance is strongly advised.


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