THE areas of the UK where cars are most likely to be stolen have been revealed as part of a study.
The results have been broken down by region but also by postcode to pinpoint exactly where the worst places are.
The study was carried out by car insurance firm Direct Line using its huge database of national claim data.
It looked at instances of theft of a motor vehicle, theft from a motor vehicle, aggravated vehicle taking or interference with a motor vehicle.
By region, London dominated the worst areas for vehicle crime, with nearly 10% of all crimes recorded in the capital involving a vehicle.
This amounts to more than 321,000 crimes over the past three years, or 293 every single day.
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The next highest area, the West Midlands, has seen less than half the amount of vehicle crime as London.
Meanwhile, the safest region for vehicle crime is Northern Ireland, with only 4.6 crimes per 1,000 people.
But where in London is the worst place in Britain to own a car? Direct Line has the answer.
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The postcode with the highest volume of vehicle crime is CR0 (Croydon) with 6,005 recorded crimes over the past three years, an average of five every day, or 39 for every 1,000 residents.
The rest of the top 10 worst postcodes in the UK for car crime looks like this.
Lorraine Price, head of motor insurance at Direct Line, commented: “It is troubling to see the scale of vehicle crime across the UK.
"These are not isolated incidents; every year thousands of cars are stolen, or damaged as criminals break in to take items left in them.
"No matter where you live in the UK, it is important to be vigilant.
"Simple steps such as ensuring your car is double locked and parked in a well-lit area may help deter a criminal.”
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