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Keeping crime down

Crime and victims

Vehicle crime

Most vehicle crime is opportunistic and therefore preventable. By following some straightforward advice, and working together, we can ensure that this type of crime keeps falling.

We've already had success in reducing vehicle crime - in recent years vehicle crime in the UK has been steadily falling.

Facts & figures

  • Vehicle crime has dropped by more than 66% since it peaked in 1995. Rates dropped by 11% in 2007-08 over the previous year
  • Nearly 1.5 million vehicle-related thefts were recorded in 2007-08
  • Car-related crimes accounted for 13% of all recorded crime in England and Wales


(Source: Crime in England and Wales 2007-08).

What we’re doing about vehicle crime

Spreading the Secure Your Motor message

The Secure your Motor campaign aims to help you avoid becoming the victim of car crime by alerting you to the danger of opportunistic car thieves. Adverts have run on TV, radio and the internet, with posters at petrol pump nozzles and parking meters.

Keep it hidden

If a car park attendant, street warden or Police Community Support Officer sees a car in a public place with anything left on view, the vehicle's owner is sent a letter and leaflet offering advice on how to outsmart the criminal. It's best never to leave anything on view in your car, but if you have to, lock it in the boot where it is out of sight.

The Vehicles (Crime) Act 2001

The Act introduced the registration of motor salvage dealers and number plate suppliers, together with the Vehicle Identity Check scheme. These measures will make it harder for thieves to sell on stolen vehicles.

Help us crack car crime

Help to make sure you’re not affected by following our simple safety tips:

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