Car theft rise spurs insurance complaints

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption New data shows that vehicle theft rates are rising

New data from insurers shows that one in five of their UK customers suffered a theft in 2018.

This was four times the rate of just three years ago.

Scandalised AA members have taken to social media in their thousands to complain about the level of thefts.

Image copyright PA Image caption Suzuki had the highest number of thefts, followed by a few high-value Mercedes

The most stolen type of vehicle was a Suzuki Swift, followed by several high-value Mercedes cars.

Those experiencing the most car thefts were young people, people aged 30-44, and those who owned a luxury car.

Certain areas also had high levels of thefts, including streets in West Midlands and areas in the northern suburbs of London.

Regional breakdowns

Image copyright PA Image caption Did you have your car stolen in 2018? Share your story with us here

Image copyright PA Image caption The government has said it wants car thefts to fall, through a variety of measures. Image caption Do you live in any of these areas? These are the places with the highest recorded car thefts in 2018

Assume we repeat the question to the same group of people and see the results – the chances of having your car stolen are still very low, but the percentage of people in the report who report a vehicle theft of some sort rose significantly, from 5% to 22%.

Image copyright PA Image caption As with most insurance claims, the size of the file and the age of the insured changes the claim level. Image caption NHS trusts in England had the highest number of vehicle thefts

Image copyright PA Image caption This is how the rate of theft varied between a hospital and an emergency services centre. Image caption Hospital staff had the highest reported rate of thefts, while police stations had the lowest

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