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Car Crime Census 2013: Top 10 vehicles with the lowest rate of criminal damage

Cars aren’t just at risk from thieves breaking in to make off with the car or take things from the cabin – there’s also a risk of vandalism, as well as accident damage caused by an unscrupulous driver who knocks off a mirror then leaves, although the crime could be recorded as failure to report an accident – criminal damage is defined as damaging something intentionally.

Criminals might also damage cars in an attempt to gain access, in which case the crime could be recorded as interfering with a vehicle, criminal damage or attempted theft depending on evidence and circumstance. We’ve filtered through our data to find which vehicles have the lowest rates of criminal damage. With this list there is a possible crossover with the ‘interfering with a vehicle’ category.

There’s a number of crimes that could be recorded as interfering with a vehicle, including tampering with tyres, gluing locks but there’s clearly a blurred line as to what is recorded is what. The list omits vehicles of which fewer than 5000 are on UK roads. We also had to omit a few anomalous vehicle entries from this list. More details can be found on each of the manufacturer pages - click the link below for more information.

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For a breakdown by make and model click here.

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

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MGB – three per 10,000 cars

This classic has a criminal damage rate of three in every 10,000 cars. One possible reason for this is the nature of the vehicle – classic cars tend to be cherished by their owners, kept stored safely in a garage when not in use and only taken out for the occasional journey when the weather is good. That means they’re kept away from prying eyes for the vast majority of the time, unlike most vehicles which are usually left in the street for all to see, all year around. 

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