Items Most Stolen From Vehicles Revealed By Crime Survey
Crime Survey For England And Wales Results 2011/2012
The Crime Survey For England And Wales has revealed that the most common items stolen from vehicles are “exterior fittings”. In 2011/2012, these components – that included windscreen wipers, registration plates, badges and trim – were therefore taken in thirty-seven percent of cases. Interestingly, however, this was four percent less than the previous year (2010/2011). Of all the exterior fitting to lose registration plates are the most significant. Why? Because criminals can fit stolen plates to their vehicles then commit crimes that implicate the legitimate owners of the numbers. There have therefore been countless cases of innocent motorists being pulled-over and questioned by the police. The “exterior fittings” category was followed by “valuables” such as jewellery, handbags, clothing, documents, wallets/purses, shopping bags and cash that were taken without consent in eighteen percent of thefts. That was three percent more than the previous year. Furthermore, “electrical” items such as satellite navigation systems, televisions, videos, MP3 players, DVD players and computer equipment were taken in sixteen percent of cases which represented a three percent rise. The Crime Survey also showed that the percentage of thefts involving “other vehicle parts” was nine, followed by “radios” (seven), and “CDs/tapes/videos/DVDs” (six). The theft of tools accounted for five percent which fell one percent from last year. Accounting for four percent of stolen items from vehicles is glasses & sunglasses. The theft of wheels (which has it's own catergory), accounts for only two percent. Finally also at two percent is the theft of mobile phones. Both of the latter categories were one percent less than 2010/2011.
Minimise Risk Of Having Items Stolen From Vehicles
As there are millions of vehicles on the road criminals tend to favour soft targets. The trick, therefore, is to make your pride and joy less appealing than the countless others that surround it. As such, the first step is to ensure that it has a wide range of security features such as locking wheel nuts, anti-theft registration plates and a high-quality alarm. These can be bought for very little money from a variety of high-street stores, some of which have a convenient installation service. Next, consider the safest place to park which is somewhere crooks feel uncomfortable as they are likely to be seen. As such, when practical aim for a public place that is brightly lit and protected by closed-circuit television. At the very least park close to a lamp post at night. Also, hide every item of cargo in the boot or glove box – even those with very little financial value. Furthermore, sat-nav suction cups leave rings on the windscreen that suggests there is a valuable item nearby. It is therefore prudent to remove any marks before leaving the car.