Don’t park in the city of Manchester if you want to keep your car. Figures obtained by Honestjohn.co.uk suggest the north-western city is the car crime capital of England.
505 offences per 10,000 registered vehicles occurred in central Manchester between October 2011 and September 2012, a figure four times higher than the national average calculated to be 121 offences per 10,000 vehicles. The postcode area of M2 saw nearly one in three cars affected, going some way to explaining how one poor chap was quoted nearly £1.2 million for his car insurance.
Seven of the top ten cities with the highest rate of car crime were located in the North.
A number of cities in West Yorkshire were found to be almost as bad for bouts of criminal damage to cars and theft from vehicles, the two most reported offence types. Bradford took second place with 457 offences per 10,000 vehicles, while Leeds and Sheffield scored 420 and 389, respectively.
The only three cities in the South to make the top ten were London (443 offences per 10,000 vehicles and third position), Bristol (255 offences and tenth position and Cardiff (285 offences and 9th position).
So where should you feel safest leaving your car unattended? The cities with the lowest level of car crime were Norwich (85 offences per 10,000), Carlisle (86 offences), Portsmouth (101 offences), Cambridge (112) and Derby (130 offences).
Also revealed were the most offences committed by car brand and make. The most targeted vehicle was the Suzuki Carry, with a whopping 408 offences per 10,000. The least targeted was the MG Midget, with one the victim of reported car crime per 10,000.