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we look at which british counties have the highest vehicle thefts

Vehicle theft is a major issue in the UK, with many areas experiencing a surge in thefts. As we head further into 2023, it’s worth taking a closer look at the country’s theft hotspots and exploring some ways to reduce the risk of becoming a victim.


According to the latest data, London remains the UK’s vehicle theft capital, with 24% of all vehicle theft incidents reported so far in 2023. The West Midlands and Greater Manchester Police follow with 10% and 4% of reported thefts respectively. Other areas in the top 10 include Essex, Merseyside, Scotland, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Staffordshire, and Hertfordshire, all with varying percentages of total vehicle thefts.

While the statistics may be alarming, there are steps that drivers can take to reduce the risk of theft. For example, it’s important to always lock your car and park it in a well-lit and secure area, such as a garage or car park, investing in a steering lock can provide a good visible deterrent to potential thieves and of course Investing in a high-quality tracking system can also provide peace of mind and an added layer of security.

Jon Eaves, Managing Director of Teletrac Navman Connected Services said “As the theft of vehicles continues to rise, it is more important than ever for drivers to take proactive steps to protect their vehicles. By investing in a high-quality tracking system, like Trackstar’s S7 and S5 devices, drivers can rest assured that their vehicle is protected, no matter where they are. Our advanced GPS and GSM technology can help track stolen vehicles and enable quick recovery, making it an essential tool for all drivers.

Which areas in the UK have the highest vehicle thefts?

The greater London area experienced the highest percentage of thefts so far in 2023, with 44%.

Coming in at number 2, with 19% of thefts so far this year is the west midlands, which includes Birmingham, Coventry, Hereford, Lichfield, Stoke-on-Trent, Wolverhampton and Worcester.

The county of Essex, which includes Southend, Colchester and Chelmsford comes in at number 4, with 6% of thefts reported to Tracktar. 

Merseyside comes in at number 5, with 5% of thefts

Edinburgh and Glasgow are the largest cities in Scotland and experience the bulk of Scottish thefts. when included in the entirety of Great Britain, they account for 5% of all reported thefts. 

Sticking with the 5% theme, South Yorkshire comes in at number 7

West Yorkshire is at number 8, with 3% of thefts reported to Trackstar so far in 2023

Although only a few miles up the road from the West Midlands, Staffordshire comes in at number 9, with 3% of reported thefts.

Finally in our top 10 is Hertfordshire, with 2% of all thefts reported to Trackstar so far in 2023

If you are looking to protect your vehicle with the best tracking system on the market, consider investing in a Trackstar S7 or S5 device. These advanced tracking systems use the latest GPS and GSM technology to track stolen vehicles and even help recover them in the event of theft.

Don’t wait until it’s too late. Click here today to learn more about the S7 and S5 devices and how they can help keep your vehicle safe and secure.

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