A TOTAL of 3,214 vehicle crimes were reported by Cheshire Police in 2016, new statistics show.
But the force is seen to be performing well on a national level, being ranked 33 out of 43 constabularies across the UK.
Utilising data derived from data.police.uk, Click4Reg.co.uk investigated the total number of vehicles crimes recorded by police forces last year.
Vehicle crime per the police is classified as “theft from or of a vehicle or interference with a vehicle”.
The research revealed that the Metropolitan Police in London had the highest number of vehicle crimes recorded in 2016, at an alarming 89,900.
The Metropolitan Police was followed by West Midlands Police, who reported 29,106 vehicle crimes.
In third place was Greater Manchester Police, with 24,298 vehicle crimes recorded in 2016.
On the other end of the scale, City of London Police had the lowest number of vehicle crimes reported with 177.
Just above City of London Police was Dyfed-Powys Police who recorded 1,103 cases of vehicle crime in 2016.
Figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) also provide an insight into the prevalence of vehicle crime.
According to the ONS, 71 per cent of all vehicle-theft occurs during the week and night is the most prominent time, with more than 40 per cent occurring during this period of the day.
Shockingly, 43 per cent of all vehicle-related theft occurs because drives do not adequately lock their doors.
Elie Fakhoury, managing director of Click4Reg.co.uk, said: “The figures are certainly fascinating. Vehicle crime is certainly more prevalent than anyone would expect.
“While unfortunate, there are various effective actions that drivers can take to safeguard their vehicle from any potential crime.
“All drivers should aim to make simple steps such as locking doors and removing all valuable possessions when not in their vehicle a habit.
“Making such behaviours a daily routine, will go a long way in protecting driver’s vehicles from opportunist criminals and thieves.
“Overall, more awareness and precaution from drivers can go a significantly long way in reducing the numbers of vehicle crime across the UK”.
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