Crime figures show it’s the largest spike for a decade

 

According to the most recent crime figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), around 100,000 vehicles were stolen last year in the UK, whilst 250,000 motors were broken into over the same period.

Vehicle thefts rose by almost one fifth in the UK in 2016, making it the biggest crime spike here in Britain for a decade.

Figures released by the Government have shown how 97,152 motorists in the UK had their vehicle stolen from the year up to March 2017 – up 19% compared to figures from the previous 12 months.

A total of 250,000 vehicles were broken into during the same period, which equates to an 8% increase compared to the 12 months before.

Crime figures show it's the largest spike for a decade

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Also, the attempted theft of a vehicle has doubled over the past five years, rising by a startling 14% just last year.

These newly released figures don’t add up however, considering vehicle-related offences here in Britain have been decreasing year on year.

At the beginning of 2016, car crime in the UK was reported to have hit a 20-year low, whilst the overall number of vehicle thefts and break-ins have halved over the past 10 years.

According to John Flatley from the ONS, the figures showed “the largest annual rise in crimes recorded by the police in a decade”.

The figures have been released at the same time as a Home Office report shows how the number of police officers in the UK are at their lowest since 1985.

Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, Steve White, said: “What more of a wake-up call does the government need?”

 

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