In 2012 Swinton, one of the UK’s largest retail insurance companies, released a report compiled from their claims data naming South Shrewsbury as top of the list of UK areas for car theft with Winchester, South Huddersfield, West Bromwich and Ilford in London also constituting the top 5.
Winchester, in second place, had 14% of the UK’s insurance claims for car theft with many of the cars stolen in this area being named as luxury cars including BMW or Mercedes-Benz.
Other places named in the top 10 include Stockport, Sheffield and Milton. It is interesting to note that the list contains no conurbations in the North East of England and large cities like Liverpool and Edinburgh only account for 7% and 8% respectively.
Claims manager for Swinton, Steve Chelton, says that
This poll demonstrates that regional affluence, geography and popular stereotypes about particularly high risk areas has little reflection on where a large proportion of automotive thefts actually occur and everyone is at risks regardless of their postcode.
The top 10 worst places for theft according to Swinton’s claims data is as follows:
- South Shrewsbury
- South Huddersfield
- West Bromwich
- Ilford, London
- Stockport (Four Heatons)
- Charlton, London
- Milton Keynes
- South Woodford, London
ALA offers the following tips for protecting yourself from vehicle theft:
- Ensure your vehicle is locked with immobilisers activated whenever you are away from your vehicle.
- Do not leave valuables where they can be seen by potential thieves.
- Preferably park the vehicle in a in a locked garage or a well lit, busy street.
- For the ultimate protection in the worst case scenario that your vehicle is stolen and written off by your insurer, ensure you have GAP insurance cover. It can protect you from the financial shortfall associated with your vehicle being stolen and declared a total loss.
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