Hull stays top of car theft table

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Hull is the riskiest place in Britain to leave your vehicle, according to newly published research.

The East Yorkshire city held its spot at the top of a motor theft index compiled by Endsleigh insurers for the second year running.

Nottingham, Bradford, Manchester and Doncaster completed the five worst spots for motorists looking to avoid thieves.

At the other end of the scale Swindon was named as the safest place, with the fewest reports of thefts of vehicles or their contents.

The results came against a background of falling car crime, with Government figures revealing offences fell by around a fifth over the past year.

They were collected by analysing motor claims over the last three years from tens of thousands of insurance policyholders across Britain.

Stuart Wartalski, of Endsleigh, said the risk of theft is particularly high after Christmas when vehicles are targeted for satnavs, DVDs, laptops and cameras.

He said motorists should always keep valuables out of sight, fit their vehicle with an alarm and immobiliser and park in well-lit places.

Source: The Belfast Telegraph