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Cumbria Constabulary

One of the largest districts to feature in the HonestJohn.co.uk Car Crime Census, Cumbria covers 4205 square miles and incorporates a number of towns, including Carlisle, Kendal and Whitehaven.

Home to the Lake District National Park, Cumbria attracts thousands of tourists (and cars) every year, which accounts for this rural region having an above average car crime rate of 143 offences per 10,000 registered vehicles. During the summer months Cumbria attracts a large number of hikers, mountain climbers and walkers. The majority of visitors drive to the region and leave their vehicles unattended as they go exploring.

The small town of Maryport tops the region’s crime rankings, with 129 offences per 10,000 registered cars, making it significantly more dangerous for vehicles than Kendal.

The rise in crime in Maryport has been largely attributed to a decline in police numbers. In a recent statement the county’s new police commissioner, Richard Rhodes, was quoted as saying it was “extraordinary” that the town’s law enforcement had been cut to just one PCSO and plans are afoot to combat the problem, with consultations open to increasing the number of officers and reopen the police station.

Overall Cumbria has few crime hotspots, but those areas that do show increased activity are confined to built-up areas. SEAT was the most targeted make of car (248 offences per 10,000 cars) while Toyota and Jaguar were the safest with 55 and 63 comparable crimes each.

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
Criminal Damage 88
Theft from 38
Theft of 13
Interfering with 4
Other 1
Total 143
Crimes by postcode
Postcode District Offences per 10,000
registered vehicles
CA15 129
LA22 121
CA1 105
LA14 101
CA3 95
CA2 94
CA23 92
CA12 81
CA26 68
LA13 68
LA23 66
CA14 64
LA21 64
CA17 54
CA11 43
CA8 43
LA9 43
CA16 39
CA28 39
LA15 39
CA25 37
LA10 36
LA20 35
CA4 32
LA19 31
CA10 31
CA9 31
LA8 28
LA6 27
CA5 27
CA13 27
CA6 25
CA22 24
LA16 24
LA12 24
LA7 24
CA7 21
LA18 19
LA11 16
CA24 15
LA17 11
CA19 10
CA27 10
CA20 8
Crimes by manufacturer
Manufacturer Offences per 10,000
registered vehicles
Audi 90
BMW 101
Citroen 176
FIAT 110
Ford 145
Honda 92
Hyundai 160
Jaguar 63
Kia 118
Land Rover 174
Mazda 84
Mercedes-Benz 113
MINI 111
Mitsubishi 208
Nissan 96
Peugeot 161
Renault 120
Rover 151
SEAT 248
Skoda 143
Suzuki 227
Toyota 55
Vauxhall 126
Volkswagen 121
Volvo 138
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