These are the postcodes with the highest rate of car theft in the UK

These are the postcodes with the highest rate of car theft in the UK
These are the postcodes with the highest rate of car theft in the UK

Postcodes across the UK with the highest rate of car theft have been revealed.

A total of 5.9 million car insurance quotes from May 2018 to May 2019 have been analysed by MoneySuperMarket, revealing the areas with the highest rate of reported car theft claims within a five year period and thus identifying the postcodes that are both the most and least susceptible to car thefts.

Most targeted areas for car theft

Liverpool, Birmingham, Halifax and Bradford all appeared in the most targeted areas for car theft.

East London’s Ilford and Romford postcodes have the highest rate of reported car thefts in the UK, with those aged 40 to 49 the most likely to have a claim for a stolen car.

Kirkwall, the largest town in the Orkney Islands in Scotland, is the safest location, with the lowest rate of reported car thefts at 0.3 per 1,000 quotes. Fellow Scottish locations the Outer Hebrides (0.5 thefts), Inverness (0.6), Galashiels (0.7) and Dumfries (0.8) also feature in the safest locations.

The top 10 most targeted areas for car theft are

1 – Ilford (IG) – 16.1 theft rate (per 1,000 quotes)
2 – Romford (RM) – 15.4 theft rate
3 – Birmingham (B) -13.1 theft rate
4 – Halifax (HX) – 10.6 theft rate
5 – Liverpool (L) – 9.6 theft rate
6 – Southend-on-Sea (SS) – 9.3 theft rate
7 – Stockport (SK) – 8.7 theft rate
8 – Dudley (DY) – 8.6 theft rate
9 – London E (E) – 8.5 theft rate
10 – Bradford (BD) – 8.4 theft rate

The top 10 safest areas for car theft

1 – Kirkwall (KW) – 0.3 theft rate per 1000 quotes
2 – Outer Hebrides (HS) – 0.5 theft rate per 1000 quotes
3 – Inverness (IV) – 0.6 theft rate per 1000 quotes
4 – Isle of Man (IM) – 0.7 theft rate per 1000 quotes
5 – Galashiels (TD) – 0.7 theft rate per 1000 quotes
6 – Dumfries (DG) – 0.8 theft rate per 1000 quotes
7 – Perth (PH) – 0.9 theft rate per 1000 quotes
8 – Exeter (EX) – 1.0 theft rate per 1000 quotes
9 – Dorchester (DT) – 1.0 theft rate per 1000 quotes
10 – Dundee (DD) – 1.2 theft rate per 1000 quotes

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