Ilford and Romford have highest number of car thefts in the UK

PUBLISHED: 12:00 15 July 2019

Traffic in rain on the A406 in South Woodford. Picture: Ken Mears

Traffic in rain on the A406 in South Woodford. Picture: Ken Mears


Ilford and Romford top the list for the highest number of car thefts in the UK, based on insurance claims.

Comparison website MoneySuperMarket analysed almost six million car insurance quotes from May 2018 to 2019 and found that Ilford had a rate of 16.1 thefts per 1,000 and Romford had a rate of 15.4.

The safest location is Kirkwell in the Orkney Islands which has only 0.3 thefts per 1,000 quotes.

You may also want to watch:

Fellow Scottish locations the Outer Hebrides (0.5 per 1,000), Inverness (0.6), Galashiels (0.7) and Dumfries (0.8) also feature in the safest locations.

Rachel Wait, consumer affairs spokeswoman at MoneySuperMarket, said: "When it comes to car thieves, London is clearly the worst area for offences, with postcodes from the capital taking the top two spots - and featuring three times in the top 10.

"Having the right level of insurance is key to minimising any cost, should your car get stolen. However, prevention is always better than cure.

"There are simple steps - like parking your car off the road and not leaving high value items on display - that can go some way towards preventing theft.

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Ilford Recorder. Click the link in the orange box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad, serving as your advocate and trusted source of local information. Our industry is facing testing times, which is why I’m asking for your support. Every single contribution will help us continue to produce award-winning local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Ilford Recorder