Vehicle theft ‘has fallen’

Thefts involving vehicles have fallen, according to new government crime statistics.

Data from the Home Office – based on interviews with members of the public – showed that the total number of incidents reported between October 2008 and September 2009 was 1,397.

This was six per cent less than the 1,483 recorded in the previous 12 months.

Such a dip could help to lower premiums for car insurance.

The number of incidents of vandalism – which can include attacks on cars – was down 12 per cent from 2,853 to 2,520.

According to the figures, the risk of being a victim of vehicle-related theft was down from 6.4 per cent to six per cent and the chances of being on the receiving end of acts of vandalism was down from 7.9 per cent to 6.9 per cent.

The number of car insurance claims related to bad weather may rise again shortly, however, as northern parts of Britain will see new snowfall over the next few days, according to the latest Met Office forecasts.

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