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Car theft in London affects the whole of the south east
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Car theft in London makes the whole of southern England a higher risk

LATEST car theft figures show that the comparatively tiny area of the City of London is responsible for making the whole of the south of England a higher risk for car owners than the north.

When including the City of London figures, the south suffers 4.89 per cent more car thefts per head than the north.

Yet, excluding the ‘Square Mile’ the north has a much higher rate of car theft.

On the plus side, car crime has been steadily falling over the last decade largely thanks, experts say, to increasingly widespread technology to verify key authenticity in ignition system, the fact that there is less profit in selling used parts and that it is harder to sell on stolen vehicles owing to advances in VIN records.

The research conducted by IntelligentCarLeasing.com (ICL) included a total of 42 police forces across England and Wales conducted via freedom of information requests.

Each force told the leasing specialists how many cars had been reported stolen each year between 2003 and 2013. When this data is crossed with local population sizes, a revealing comparable set of results is generated.

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