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Cambridgeshire Constabulary

Car crime in Cambridgeshire is isolated and sporadic, which reflects the rural nature of this fenland county.

The largest concentration of vehicle crime is found in Peterborough, with the PE1 postcode showing the biggest hotspot, with 275 offences per 10,000 registered vehicles. In fact, Peterborough rates among the highest in Cambridgeshire for car crime, holding seven of the region’s top 10 crime hotspots with a total of 1075 recorded incidents in 2011-2012.

The second worst area in CB5 is Cambridge with 168 crimes; it's worth noting that this figure is somewhat inflated due to the fact it houses the city’s car dealer district. Indeed, thousands of new and used cars are parked in CB5, which makes it a hotspot for vehicle crime, with opportunistic criminals looking to take advantage of the huge concentration of cars.

Theft from a motor vehicle accounts for 47 per cent of Cambridgeshire's crime, while criminal damage makes up 39 per cent of all offences. Just 13 per cent of incidents involved a car being stolen.

Being a rural area, Cambridgeshire has a lot of 4x4s, which partly explains why Mitsubishi is the most stolen make of vehicle, with 277 reported offences per 10,000 vehicles. Mercedes-Benz was the second most targeted by criminals, while Volvo also rates highly with 188 comparable offences. 

A police spokesman for Cambridgeshire said: “We take vehicle crime very seriously and are committed to catching those who commit such offences.

“Car thieves are often opportunistic, breaking into a vehicle if they see a mobile phone or laptop on show. An empty case or vacant sat nav holder can be enough to tempt a thief - even if nothing is taken the victim will be left with the bill to repair the damage.”

See also: Top 10 Cars Stolen to order / Top 10 Most Stolen Cars

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Crime map
Crimes by type
Offence type Offences per 10,000
registered vehicles
Theft from 76
Criminal Damage 64
Theft of 22
Other 1
Total 163
Crimes by postcode
Postcode District Offences per 10,000
registered vehicles
PE1 275
CB5 168
PE2 168
PE3 159
PE5 158
CB4 123
PE7 108
CB1 106
PE4 105
PE8 102
PE13 86
CB8 82
CB3 80
PE26 80
PE27 79
CB2 77
SG19 76
CB21 74
CB25 72
PE6 70
CB24 69
CB7 66
CB22 65
PE29 64
PE19 63
PE28 61
CB6 61
PE14 59
CB23 53
SG8 51
PE16 50
PE15 44
Crimes by manufacturer
Manufacturer Offences per 10,000
registered vehicles
Alfa Romeo 90
Audi 116
BMW 132
Citroen 163
FIAT 156
Ford 138
Honda 138
Hyundai 68
Jaguar 68
Kia 129
Land Rover 97
Mazda 114
Mercedes-Benz 190
MG 108
Mitsubishi 277
Nissan 160
Peugeot 170
Renault 151
Rover 159
SAAB 101
SEAT 150
Skoda 157
Suzuki 145
Toyota 129
Vauxhall 159
Volkswagen 143
Volvo 188

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