Bedfordshire car thefts rise by more than 70% in four years

Police dealt with 1,445 stolen vehicle reports in 2018-19

Tuesday, 14th July 2020, 4:15 pm

Thefts of motor vehicles in Bedfordshire have risen by more than 70 per cent in the last four years, new figures show.

RAC Insurance has urged drivers to do more to make their car less of an easy target for thieves, after "disturbing" figures revealed vehicle thefts are on the rise in almost every corner of the country.

Bedfordshire Police dealt with 1,445 stolen vehicle reports in 2018-19, according to figures obtained by RAC Insurance – 71 per cent more than the 846 cases seen in ​2014-15.

Bedfordshire Police dealt with 1,445 stolen vehicle reports in 2018-19

Some 152,541 vehicles were stolen in 2018-19 across Great Britain, a rise of 56 per cent compared to 2014-15.

All but three of the 41 police forces that responded to Freedom of Information requests recorded an increase in thefts over the period.

RAC Insurance spokesman Simon Williams said: “These figures paint a rather disturbing picture. Vehicle thefts are on the rise almost everywhere, and in some parts of the country numbers are rocketing.

“It’s also not the case that the rises in crime are confined to a few larger urban areas, with many police forces covering more rural areas also seeing big increases.”

Mr Williams believes the increase is partly due to a rise in thefts of vehicles that are easier to steal, such as motorbikes and mopeds which are less likely to have immobilisers.

Government data shows that thieves use a key in nearly half of incidents, indicating that many drivers can do more to protect their vehicles.

Mr Williams added: “While organised criminal gangs are responsible for a large proportion of crime, thieves will also be opportunistic in nature so the more a driver can do to make their car a less likely target the better.”