Most have CCTV cameras but that doesn’t seem to deter criminals from stealing people’s cars, vans & motorbikes

 

According to data from the British Transport Police, theft of cars from railway stations have trebled over the past five years.

After analysing the data, it can be revealed that the number of motorised vehicles stolen from railway stations across the UK has increased by a whopping 198% since 2014/15.

Broken down, these figures mean that 414 vehicles were stolen between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019 compared to 139 between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2015.

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The figures will be somewhat depressing for those who commute to work using both the roads and train.

It’s believed the increase in vehicle theft from railway stations has been bumped up by the growing popularity in scooters and mopeds which are quite an easy target for criminals.

The data found that 39% of vehicles stolen from railway stations have two wheels, with four of the top 10 most stolen brands belonging to bikes – Honda (67), Yamaha (46), Piaggio (32) and Vespa (17).

To avoid becoming a victim of bike theft, make sure you have plenty of security measures in place when leaving your two-wheeled mode of transport in a parking bay such as clamps and wheel locks, as well as heavy duty chain link or brake disc locks.

Following Honda in the top 10 most stolen brands was Ford with 47 thefts and most of these would have been cars or vans.

Some of the other brands popular amongst thieves in railways station car parks was Land Rover (18), BMW (15), Range Rover (12) and Audi (11) – so once again, ensure sure you have enough security measures in place to stop thieves from targeting your car.

Most railway stations now have CCTV cameras in operation, however this doesn’t deter some criminals as they can gain access to a vehicle very quickly, whilst many of them don’t even care that cameras could be watching them.

You’ll probably not be surprised to learn that the most at-risk railways stations are very close to the Capital, with the top 10 being within one hour of London.

 

 

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