Postcode map reveals car crime hotspots in Devon
Newly released data reveals the car crime hotspots of EX postcodes across Devon, and it would appear those who live in the EX1 postcode are at the highest risk.
The Exeter City centre area saw the highest amount of car crimes in Devon (excluding PL , TQ and PR postcodes) with a total of141 offences per 10,000 registered vehicles during the 2011-2012 period.
EX1 was closely followed by EX4 with 109 offences per 10,000 and EX7 with 88. The figures also reveal the safest place to park your car in Devon – the EX21 postcode, with only 5 offences per 10,000. See a map of the results below:
Hover over the red circle in each area to see the data.
The findings come from analysis of police car crime figures obtained following a Freedom of Information request by consumer website Honest John.
Across England the report showed that the highest incidence of vehicle-related crime in the country is in Manchester’s M2 postcode, which covers most of the city centre, where almost one in three cars (32 per cent) is affected.
The report said: ‘Between October 2011 and September 2012, 3,180 crimes per 10,000 cars on the road were reported in Manchester city centre, with theft of possessions accounting for almost half of the cases.’
Liverpool’s central L1 postcode recorded the second highest number of offences with 22 per cent of cars (2,193 offences) affected, followed by Bradford’s BD1 area, with a car crime rate of 21 per cent (2,137 offences), and Birmingham’s B4 postcode with 18 per cent (1,800 offences).
By manufacturer, Suzuki had the highest proportionate rate of thefts. For every 10,000 Suzukis on the road some 93 are stolen. That compares with second place Mitsubishi at 42 per 10,000. Individual models most at risk from thieves are, in order, the Mitsubishi Shogun/Pajero, Nissan Sunny. Nissan Bluebird, BMW X6 and Ford Orion
Cars safest from thieves are the Peugeot 508, Skoda Roomster, Skoda Yeti, Suzuki Splash and Suzuki SX4.
The research reveals that 41 per cent of offences were based on theft from a vehicle, making it the most common type of car crime. Next was criminal damage at 40 per cent, followed by theft of a car at 16 per cent.
HonestJohn.co.uk says its Car Crime Census 2013 is the first ever detailed analysis of 515,248 recorded car crimes between October 2011 and September 2012 released by 42 police forces across England and Wales following a Freedom of Information request.