UK’s worst areas for car vandalism revealed

16th April 2018

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Car owners are more likely to have their pride and joy vandalised on the streets of Nottingham, Edinburgh, Walthamstow and Manchester than anywhere else in the UK.

This revelation comes after vehicle insurers Churchill identified the worst UK postcodes for car vandalism, adding that more than one in four (27 per cent) of UK drivers have been intentionally damaged or defaced.

Edinburgh, Nottingham and Bristol were named as some of Britain’s worst areas for car vandalism. However, some spots with upmarket reputations, like Aberdeen, Basingstoke and London’s Canary Wharf were also among the UK’s worst affected areas.

The research went on to claim that one in six Brits have at one point felt like vandalising someone else’s car, with a third of those likely to target their neighbour’s vehicle first and ex-partner’s vehicle second.

Three in five Brits believe that keeping their vehicle in their garage is the best way to avoid vandalism, while other effective solutions mentioned included installing CCTV cameras and avoiding on-street parking (both 41 per cent).

Additionally, more than a quarter (27 per cent) suggest installing dash cameras and, while 26 per cent prefer to park in areas with better street lighting.

A spokesperson for Churchill car insurance said the research underlines the fact that car vandalism could happen anywhere.

“We want to highlight the top ten areas in order to raise awareness of the issue and to urge local law enforcement agencies to take further action to clamp down on vehicle vandalism,” they added.

Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, went on to say: “Some may view vehicle vandalism as a petty and often random crime, but the victims can be left to pick up a hefty repair bill and possible hike to their insurance premium.”

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