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Car-Related Offences

Volume 226: debated on Wednesday 16 June 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many car-related offences were reported in the Metropolitan police area in January to December 1992; and how many resulted in prosecutions and convictions respectively.

The available information on notifiable offences relates to vehicle crime which includes offences of theft of and from a vehicle and aggravated vehicle taking. In the Metropolitan police district in 1992, there were 241,437 recorded offences.Information on the number of defendants prosecuted and convicted in 1991 is given in the following table. Data for 1992 will not be available until the autumn.

Number of defendants prosecuted at magistrates' courts and found guilty at all courts for vehicle crime offences in the Metropolitan police district1 1991
Theft of a motor vehicle23,1772,324
Theft from a motor vehicle1,126794
Aggravated vehicle taking344
Vehicle crime4,3033,118
1 Including City of London.
2 Including stealing a motor vehicle (Theft Act 1968 Section 1); and stealing and unauthorised taking of a vehicle (Theft Act 1968 Section 12(1) as amended by Criminal Justice Act 1988 Section 37).
3 The Aggravated Vehicle Taking Act 1991 came into force on 1 April 1992.
4 Not applicable.