New research has revealed the UK's highest and lowest car theft areas, with London hitting the top spot.
A study commissioned by IntelligentCarLeasing.com analysed information provided by 42 police forces in England and Wales regarding the number of car thefts that had been reported in their areas between the years 2003 and 2013.
They found a significant regional divide, with 4.89 per cent more thefts per head occurring in the south - skewed, fleetworld.co.uk reports - by the incredibly high number of cars stolen in the City of London. Rounding off the top five were Greater Manchester, Metropolitan Police Service (Greater London), Thames Valley and Warwickshire.
At the other end of the scale, car owners in Devon and Cornwall should be the most reassured, as these counties boasted the fewest thefts per head. North Yorkshire, Hampshire, Hertfordshire and Norfolk completed the list of lowest thefts per head.
The good news is that the number of car crimes are declining, through use of intelligent security technologies, key verification and vehicle identification, journalism.co.uk writes. Vehicle trackers are such a tool which allows owners and/or the police to recover cars far more easily. It's also said to be increasingly difficult for thieves to sell stolen parts.
To lower this trend even more, IntelligentCarLeasing.com reminded motorists not to leave any valuables on show in the car, use steering wheel locks and trackers, and to park in well-lit areas if not in the garage.