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The most commonly stolen items from vehicles revealed

Latest Motor News // 09 August 2013

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We’re all aware of the warnings about securing your vehicle against crime and theft, but how many of us are actually paying attention and taking the advice on board?

The Crime Survey for England and Wales revealed that the items most commonly stolen from vehicles were exterior fittings, including windscreen wipers, registration plates and manufacturer badges. As much as 37% of crime and theft involved exterior fittings in the 2011/ 2012 survey, a 4% reduction since the 2010/2011 survey. Whilst all theft is irritating for the owner of the vehicle, the theft of vehicle registration plates is also particularly worrying for fear that they are then fitted to stolen vehicles.

Following exterior fittings, personal valuables were the next most sought after item by thieves, with handbags, personal documents and jewellery being hot on their list. With 18% of crime being made up of personal valuables, the key is to never leave them in an unattended car.

Unsurprisingly electrical goods such as sat navs, mobile phone and laptops accounted for 16% of the reported crime while radios (7%), work tools (5%) and wheels (2%) all followed.

The report does not highlight anything that we were not aware of before, but people are still frequently victims of crime. The underlying message from the report is to avoid making your vehicle inviting to thieves. The best tricks to achieve this are to always park in secure places, remove all attractive items from the vehicle and to install an alarm.

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