Vehicle crime in the UK is the lowest it has been for the last 20 years, a recent article on Auto Express reports. However, criminals are working on new ways to force entry into your car, the government warns.
A study recently released by the Home Office has found that, although there are now 8 million more vehicles on the road than there were in 1993, there has been an 80% decrease in vehicle theft and break-ins.
In 1993, an estimated 20 vehicles were stolen and 40 were broken into for every 1,000 vehicles on the road. In comparison, the report suggests there are now three vehicle thefts and ten break-ins for every 1,000.
The increased popularity of anti-theft devices is mainly credited for the decrease in vehicle crime.
Steering locks and electronic immobilisers were identified by the Home Office report as key safety devices which have helped to reduce the vehicle crime rates.
While electronic immobilisers were introduced between the 1980s and 1990s to dissuade criminals, steering locks were introduced in the 1960s to curb the rising vehicle crime rates.
CCTV surveillance, number plate recognition cameras, vehicle trackers and other modern technologies are also being attributed to the recent decline.
"It is safer to own a car in the UK today than ever before with overall vehicle crime at the lowest levels since records began in 1981," UK minister for Policing, Crime, Criminal Justice and Victims, Mike Penning, said.
"Vehicle crime is changing and the criminals that would have simply used a coat hanger to steal a car in the 1980s are now working on new ways of committing crime, and we are committed to stopping them," Penning added.
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