2017 Crime Survey

20/07/2017, the ONS (office for National statistics) published its Statistical bulletin:

Crime in England and Wales year ending Mar 2017

It appears to have been missed by many.

‘Most categories of theft in the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) estimates showed an apparent reduction compared with the previous year’s survey but the only statistically significant decreases were in the subcategories of other theft of personal property (16%), other household theft (13%) and vehicle-related theft (10%).’

But page 20 of the report is specific and demonstrates the increase in vehicle crime we have noticed:

Theft of Motor-Vehicle is up 19% when compared with 04/2015 to 03/2016.   The reported thefts almost reach 100,000, the recorded figure being 97,152.   This equates to about

  • 260 / day
  • 11 / hour

So a vehicle is stolen every day, 24-hours / day every 6 minutes (or less).

The statistics do not identify the recoveries but we would be surprised if there is anything like 50% being found.  So that’s about 50,000 vehicle which ‘disappear’.  If they have a value of £10,000 each, the loss is £500 million.

The theft rate equates to about 1 in every 380 licensed vehicles on our roads.