Worst train stations for car thefts revealed – is your local town on the list?

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The number of vehicles stolen from railway station car parks has almost trebled in the past four years, figures show, in a report highlighting the riskiest ones for car thefts.

A Freedom of Information (FOI) request found that the number of vehicles – cars, scooters, mopeds and motorbikes – stolen from train station car parks has increased by 198% since 2014/15.

The report, carried out on British Transport Police data by car buying comparison website Motorway.co.uk, found 414 vehicles were stolen from train station car parks between 1st April 2018 and 31st March 2019.

This compares to just 138 thefts between 1st April 2014 and 31st March 2015.

The most popular vehicle brands targeted by thieves were; Honda, Ford, Yamaha, Piaggio, Land Rover, Vespa, BMW, Range Rover and Audi.  More than a third of vehicles stolen were scooters, mopeds or motorbikes.

Honda vehicles are the most likely to end up stolen

 

The figures also reveal that London commuter stations have the worst record for vehicle thefts. The top 10 stations for thefts were all within an hour of the capital.

Sevenoaks was named the worst UK train station for car crime, with 14 vehicles stolen from the car park between April 2018 and March 2019. Brighton recorded 10 thefts during the same period.

In the previous 12-months, St Albans City was officially the worst station, with 22 recorded vehicle thefts. But numbers have fallen dramatically in the past year, down by more than three-quarters according to the latest crime figures.

“These figures make depressing reading for commuters who split their journey into work across road and train. The rise in railways station thefts has been turbo-charged by the growth in popularity of scooters and mopeds, which are an easy target for thieves,” Alex Buttle, director of Motorway.co.uk  said.

“Although most, if not all, stations car parks will have CCTV cameras, that doesn’t mean your vehicle won’t be targeted. Seasoned criminals know how to quickly gain access to cars, and many aren’t bothered by on-site security. 

“Motorbikes, mopeds and scooters are particularly vulnerable, so ensure you have multiple security measures in place; such as wheel locks and clamps plus heavy-duty chain link or brake disc locks to make your vehicle less appealing to opportunistic criminals.”

UK train stations with the highest number of vehicle thefts (April 2018-2019)

Is your car at risk of being stolen?

  1. Sevenoaks, Kent: 14 thefts

  2. Brighton, Sussex: 10 thefts

  3. Ebbsfleet International, Kent: 8 thefts

  4. Haslemere, Surrey: 8 thefts

  5. Godalming, Surrey: 7 thefts

  6. Hildenborough, Kent: 7 thefts

  7. Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire: 6 thefts

  8. Cambridge, Cambridgeshire: 5 thefts

  9. Farnborough, Hampshire: 5 thefts

  10. Harlow Town, Essex: 8 thefts



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