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Leicestershire Police

Leicestershire Police has a fairly compact area, taking in Leicester, its surrounding area and the county of Rutland.

The biggest hotspot is, predictably, Leicester itself, with much smaller hotspots around Loughborough and Market Harborough.

The central Leicester postcodes of LE1 and LE3 make up the two green-yellow spots that you'll see over Leicester itself. These two postcodes are Leicester Police's highest crime rate area. LE1 is central Leicester, taking in hotels, shops and a university campus. LE3 is out to the west; it's far more residential and also straddles the M1. Although these are the biggest car crime hotspots in Leicester, it should be noted that 873 crimes per 10,000 cars registered is fairly low compared to cities like Mancheter and Liverpool. You don't have to go far out of Leicester to see the crime rate drop dramatically: the lowest rate in the table below is for LE18.

Outside of the cities and large towns, car crime is thinly spread through the villages. However, Leicestershire Police has issued a warning that thieves have been targetting cars parked in rural locations, especially at Rutland Water Reservoir, which is to the east of the force's area. Leicestershire Police said: "Police in Rutland are issuing crime prevention advice to people who are planning to visit the idyllic county. Rutland is visited by tens of thousands of people each year, with Rutland Water attracting those wishing to enjoy the great outdoors with friends and family.

Over half of the crime committed, is not committed by local people. Local police are working with neighbouring police force Cambridgeshire Police to identify instances of cross-border criminality, committed by those who travel into Rutland to commit crime.

Rutland Local Policing Unit Commander, Inspector Lou Cordiner of Leicestershire Police, said: “Whilst Rutland is a low crime county, and a wonderful place to live and to visit, we’d encourage the visiting public to be active in reducing the chance for opportunist thieves to steal valuables from parked vehicles. Car radios, mobile phones, high-priced clothing, and hobbyist or sporting equipment is often targeted by the opportunist thief. If thieves cannot see goods to be stolen, they are less likely to risk breaking into a vehicle." This ties in with the hotspots on our map, with small concentrations around Oakham and Manton.

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

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Crimes by type
Offence type Offences per 10,000
registered vehicles
Theft from 66
Criminal Damage 63
Theft of 18
Total 146
Crimes by postcode
Postcode District Offences per 10,000
registered vehicles
LE1 873
LE3 213
LE11 177
DE74 157
LE4 134
LE5 117
LE17 102
LE9 96
LE2 94
CV13 92
LE19 91
LE67 89
LE10 85
LE12 79
LE7 76
LE6 74
LE14 69
DE12 69
LE65 68
LE15 66
LE8 64
LE13 62
LE16 59
NG13 55
LE18 53
Crimes by manufacturer
Manufacturer Offences per 10,000
registered vehicles
Alfa Romeo 102
Audi 170
BMW 184
Chevrolet 68
Citroen 110
FIAT 141
Ford 147
Honda 153
Hyundai 98
Jaguar 88
Kia 98
Land Rover 177
Lexus 155
Mazda 122
Mercedes-Benz 140
MG 101
MINI 155
Mitsubishi 433
Nissan 177
Peugeot 180
Renault 123
Rover 99
SAAB 110
SEAT 178
Skoda 97
Suzuki 71
Toyota 158
Vauxhall 156
Volkswagen 147
Volvo 96

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