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Vehicle Theft

Volume 405: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) reported thefts and (b) convictions for theft of (i) motor cars and (ii) motorcycles there were in each police authority in each of the last five years. [113027]

The available information is contained in the table. The recorded crime figures cover the offences of aggravated vehicle taking and theft and unauthorised taking of a motor vehicle. The figures of persons convicted include the offence of being carried knowing motor vehicle to have been taken or driven away, in addition.A distinction between motor cars and motor cycles is not available in the statistics collected centrally.Court proceedings statistics for 2002 will be available in the autumn and recorded crime figures for 2002–03 in July.

Theft or unauthorised taking of a motor vehicle (including aggravated vehicle taking)1—recorded crime, 1997 to 2001–02, and persons convicted 1997 to 2001, by police force area
Recorded crimePersons convicted2
Police force area199731998–9941999–20002000–0152001–02519971998199920002001
North Wales2,0502,1162,3101,9031,990138148175142150
South Wales19,87518,57115,85012,01911,557631736755614576
England and Wales407,239391,807374,686338,796328,19614,76914,88715,32713,98413,722
1 For persons convicted also includes the offence of 'Being carried knowing vehicle to have been taken or driven away'.
2 The conviction figures relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with.
3 Crimes were recorded on a calendar year basis up to 1997 and on a financial year basis thereafter.
4 The number of crimes recorded in that financial year using the expanded offence coverage and revised counting rules which came into effect on 1 April 1998.
5 Due to some police forces adopting the principles of the National Crime Recording Standard (NCRS) earlier than its national introduction across England and Wales on 1 April 2002, figures for 2000–01 and 2001–02 may be inflated.
6 Staffordshire Police were only able to supply a sample of data for magistrates courts proceedings covering one full week in each quarter of 2000. Estimates based on this sample are included in the figures, as they are considered sufficiently robust at this level of analysis.