A new study has revealed where in the UK vehicles are most likely to be stolen. Car theft remains a big problem for the public and the police, with 112,174 cars stolen in 2017/18 alone.
Keyless car theft has become a particular problem.
5.9 million car insurance quotes - between May 2018 and May 2019 - were analysed by MoneySuperMarket with a view to pinpointing car theft hotspots.
Two London boroughs came out top - Ilford and Romford saw theft rates per-1,000 of 16.1 and 15.4 respectively. There were also high theft rates in Birmingham and Liverpool.
The safest place to own a car is in Kirkwall, Orkney, where there were only 0.3 thefts per 1,000 quotes.
A number of other safer locations were also in rural Scottish areas, including the Outer Hebrides (0.5) and Inverness (0.6).
The age bracket most likely to suffer a theft was the 40-49 age group (6.16), while the least likely to see their car stolen was the 17-19 year old age group (1.53).
It has been suggested that older drivers possess more desirable cars, potentially a key reason why they suffer a greater number of thefts.
Top tips for keeping your vehicle safe:
● Park off the road
● Always use your garage if you have one
● Park in a well-lit area if you don’t have a garage
● Don't leave valuables on display
● Keyless theft: keep key fobs away from doors and windows, minimising the chances of them being stolen
● Keyless theft: some keys can have their signal turned off when not in use - check your user manual for more details
No claims bonus
In order to avoid a large payout for a theft it is also advisable to protect your no-claims bonus.