Cracking Car Crime

Autoglass Cracking Car Crime 2006 Research Highlights (1,000 vehicle owners were questioned in a national online poll).

National figures
14% reported that they'd had their vehicle broken into in the last two years

Victims of car crime reported the following items as being stolen;
- Gadgets (SatNav, laptop, mobile phone, blackberry/PDA, digital music player) - 41%
- Car stereo - 40%
- CDs or cassettes - 31%
- Clothing - 8%
- Briefcase or bag - 6%
- Money, cards or chequebook - 5%
- Letters or bills - 3%
- Christmas presents - 1%

Stolen items were located in;
- On the seat - 12%
- In the glove compartment - 31%
- In the boot - 13%
- In the door pocket - 12%
- On the floor - 14%
- On the dashboard - 10%
- In the front console - 8%

The average cost of theft from a vehicle was £646 to the motorist

37% of drivers claimed for this on their insurance, 63% did not

When they leave the car:
- 15% of drivers admit to leaving valuables in open view
- 12% of drivers leave valuables in the glove box
- 28% hide valuables under the seat or in door pockets
- 19% leave valuables in the boot
- 26% always take their valuables with them

Of those who own satellite navigation system. When leaving the car;
- 31% remove the SatNav but leave the cradle in place
- 21% take the SatNav with them, remove the cradle and wipe away sucker marks
- 27% remove the SatNav and cradle but leave the sucker marks
- 11% place the SatNav in the glovebox and leave the cradle in place
- 10% leave the SatNav and cradle in place

Counting the cost of SatNav theft (regions listed in order of highest crime bill)

1. London
- 19.9% of people have had their car broken into during the last two years
- 23.5% have experienced theft of gadgets
- 36.1% have claimed for this on their insurance
- Theft of high-tech gadgets including SatNavs cost motorists in London an estimated £14.3m each year
2. East of England
- 9% of people have had their car broken into during the last two years
- 42.9% have experienced theft of gadgets
- 57.1% have claimed for this on their insurance
- Theft of high-tech gadgets including SatNavs cost motorists in the East of England an estimated £12.1m each year
3. South East
- 13.4% of people have had their car broken into during the last two years
- 25% have experienced theft of gadgets
- 25% have claimed for this on their insurance
- Theft of high-tech gadgets including SatNavs costs motorists in the South East an estimated £10.5m each year
4. Scotland
- 10.7% of people have had their car broken into during the last two years
- 22.2% have experienced theft of gadgets
- 44.4% have claimed for this on their insurance
- Theft of high-tech gadgets including SatNavs cost motorists in the North West area an estimated £10.3m each year
5. North West
- 10.7% of people have had their car broken into during the last two years
- 22.2% have experienced theft of gadgets
- 44.4% have claimed for this on their insurance
- Theft of high-tech gadgets including SatNavs cost motorists in the North West area an estimated £10.3m each year


6. Yorkshire/Humber
- 11.5% of people have had their car broken into during the last two years
- 27.3% have experienced theft of gadgets
- 66.7% have claimed for this on their insurance
- Theft of high-tech gadgets including SatNavs cost motorists in the Yorkshire & Humber region an estimated £9.9m each year
7. South West
- 10.1% of people have had their car broken into during the last two years
- 37.5% have experienced theft of gadgets
- None have claimed for this on their insurance
- Theft of high-tech gadgets including SatNavs costs motorists in the South West an estimated £9.4m each year
8. West Midlands
- 8.6% of people have had their car broken into during the last two years
- 25% have experienced theft of gadgets
- 50% have claimed for this on their insurance
- Theft of high-tech gadgets including SatNavs cost motorists in the West Midlands area an estimated £7.1m each year
9. East Midlands
- 18.3% of people have had their car broken into during the last two years
- 20% have experienced theft of gadgets
- 46.7% have claimed for this on their insurance
- Theft of high-tech gadgets including SatNavs cost motorists in the East Midlands area an estimated £5.5m each year
10. Wales
- 16.9% of people have had their car broken into during the last two years
- 30.8% have experienced theft of gadgets
- 23.1% have claimed for this on their insurance
- Theft of high-tech gadgets including SatNavs cost motorists in Wales an estimated £5.2m each year
11. North East
- 14.5% of people have had their car broken into during the last two years
- 20% have experienced theft of gadgets
- 20% have claimed for this on their insurance
- Theft of high-tech gadgets including SatNavs cost motorists in the North East area an estimated £2.7m each year

Fast SatNav Stats
According to Mintel, sales of SatNavs will reach six million by the end of this year
Police forces across the country are working hard to combat SatNav theft, with many making the problem a priority issue:
West Midlands Police has seen SatNav theft rise by 309% since November 2005. To combat the problem, the force has invested in a Sat Nabbed campaign which includes poster and radio advertising to remind motorists in the area to clear their vehicles when parked
In the last three months, Essex Police reported that 229 SatNavs were stolen from vehicles and are currently campaigning to remind motorists to mark their vehicles with a security pen
Other forces currently campaigning to reduce Sat Nav theft include:
City of London Police - reports 500 SatNav thefts a month
South Yorkshire Police - thefts of satellite navigation systems from vehicles in Sheffield have increased by 2,000% in 12 months
Wiltshire Police - 49 SatNavs have been stolen in Wiltshire across the last three months, most commonly between 11.30am and 3pm
Thames Valley Police - more than 120 SatNavs have been stolen in Bracknell this year so far - compared to 43 in total last year
Surrey Police - 100 thefts of SatNavs have occurred in Surrey so far this year

General Car Crime Statistics
Statistics taken from the latest British Crime Survey quarterly report (published October 2006)
There were 507,258 incidences of theft from vehicles reported in England and Wales in 2005/06 - an increase of 1%
However, vehicle-related thefts fell by 8%
49% of vehicle-related thefts we reported to the police in 2005/06, of which 85% were recorded
Overall, 7.5% of vehicle-owning households had experienced one or more vehicle related thefts in the previous 12 months