The British Crime Survey has revealed, by category, the top ten items stolen from
vehicles. The most commonly targeted in England and Wales is 'Exterior Fittings',
according to this Home Office Victim Study. This includes items such as windscreen
wiper blades, badges, and trim. As such, the estimated figure for 2010/11 suggests
this category was favoured during 41% of break-ins. This represents a 5% increase
compared to the confirmed figures of 2007/08 - the first comparable period. That brings
us to position two... 'Valuables'. This includes items such as jewellery, cash, and clothing
as targeted by 15% of villains in 2010/11. That is consistent with 2007/08. However, the
figure for 'Electrical Equipment' - which finishes third and includes computers/sat-navs -
increased by 1%, from 12% to 13%.
The 'Car Radio' category sits in position four. The percentage of crime relating to this
halved, to 8%, between 2007/08 and 2010/11. Why? Because new stereos tend to be
fully integrated and therefore of limited value on the black market. However, crime relating
to 'Other Vehicle Parts' increased from 6% to 8%. That places it fifth overall. The 'Tools'
category sits in position six, at 6%, which is consistent with 2007/08. However, the 'CD/
Tape/Video/DVD' category has been targeted less in recent years, falling from 9% to 5%.
That places it seventh, which indicates that the online world is overtaking traditional media.
The 'Glasses/Sunglasses/Spectacles' category finishes in position eight, with an increase
from 2% to 3%. 'Mobile Phones' were targeted during 3% of motor break-ins in 2010/11
1% less than 2007/08. Position ten is 'Wheels' at 2%, rather than its previous 1%.
Fortunately, motorists can minimise the risk of becoming victims. Step one is to park in
properly lit areas monitored by CCTV. Step two is to hide everything from view - even
small items of limited value. This is tedious but worthwhile. Step three... cross your fingers.
|1.||Exterior fittings||Included wiper blades / badges / trim|
|2.||Valuables||Jewellery / cash / handbags / briefcase / purse / wallet / Cheque book /credit cards / clothing|
|3. || Electrical Equipment ||Sat nav /tv / mp3 / pc / computer equipment |
|4. || Car Radio|
|5. || Other vehicle parts || Dashboard / Seats / Steering wheel / parcel shelf|
|6. || Tools|
|7. || Entertainment || CD / tapes / video tapes / DVDs|
|8. || Glasses/sunglasses |
|9.|| Mobile phones|
By Stephen Turvil
Thu, 04 Oct 2012