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Derbyshire Constabulary

Covering much of the east midlands, Derbyshire has a number of large towns and cities, with Derby and Chesterfield accounting the largest areas of population. The county is also home to the Peak District National Park, which attracts thousands of visitors every year.

Metropolitan areas account for mainstay of vehicle crime, with Derby City centre being the worst for criminal activity, with 244 offences per 10,000 registered vehicles. Worksop comes second in the list, with 207 comparable crimes, while third goes to the south of Derby with 162 incidents.

The safest parts of Derbyshire are around the Park District National Park, with Bakewell boasting the lowest number of offences, recording just 30 car crimes in 2011-2012.

Criminal damage accounts for 42 per cent of all reported incidents, while theft of a motor vehicle makes up just one in ten car crimes. Rural vehicles like 4x4s dominate the statistics, as farmers and rural workers travel into the towns and cities to carry out errands. Mitsubishi tops the rankings, with 278 reported offences, while Land Rover also fared badly with 241 crimes. The least targeted manufacturer was Jaguar, with just 71 recorded offences.

Derbyshire Constabulary has recently launched a car crime campaign to educate visitors to be vigilant when parking in the county’s towns and cities. Postcards with crime prevention advice will also be placed on car windscreens telling people what they can do to make their cars secure, such as ensuring the windows are shut and that it is not parked in a secluded area.

Police will also be monitoring car parks and increasing high-visibility and plain clothes patrols to catch offenders.

Sergeant Andy Wordsworth of Derbyshire Constabulary said: "Thieves are opportunists and will only target a car if they think there is something to gain. Simple things such as taking valuables with you or putting them out of sight and rubbing sat nav marks off the windscreen."

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 71
Theft from 65
Theft of 19
Other 8
Interfering with 5
Total 168
Crimes by postcode
Postcode District Offences per 10,000
registered vehicles
DE1 244
S80 207
DE23 162
S44 158
DE24 148
DE22 138
S33 123
NG10 108
SK17 102
DE21 100
NG20 89
DE5 88
DE65 83
DE7 83
DE75 82
S21 79
DE72 77
S32 76
DE73 73
SK23 71
DE12 69
S43 69
DE55 69
DE11 62
S41 61
S40 60
SK13 58
DE3 52
DE56 49
S18 49
SK22 43
DE4 41
DE6 35
S45 34
S42 30
DE45 30
Crimes by manufacturer
Manufacturer Offences per 10,000
registered vehicles
Alfa Romeo 128
Audi 136
BMW 132
Chevrolet 81
Citroen 185
FIAT 208
Ford 162
Honda 125
Hyundai 110
Jaguar 71
Kia 121
Land Rover 241
Lexus 116
Mazda 98
Mercedes-Benz 196
MG 78
MINI 108
Mitsubishi 278
Nissan 151
Peugeot 176
Renault 152
Rover 95
SEAT 167
Skoda 117
Suzuki 178
Toyota 140
Vauxhall 163
Volkswagen 136
Volvo 150

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