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Theft: Motor Vehicles

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of (a) domestic burglaries and (b) robberies included the theft of a vehicle in each year since 1997. (273529)

Analyses of the items stolen in incidents of domestic burglary as described by victims interviewed by the British Crime Survey (BCS) are published annually by the Home Office as supplementary tables to our annual crime statistics ‘Crime in England and Wales’. The following table provides an estimate of the proportion of incidents of burglary in which a vehicle or vehicle parts were stolen for all available years from 1997 onwards.

The number of BCS respondents who have been robbery victims is too low to provide a robust breakdown on the nature of items stolen.

Items stolen in incidents of burglary1,1997 to 2006-07

BCS

Interviews

1997

1999

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Vehicle/vehicle parts2

1

2

2

6

4

5

4

4

Unweighted base

391

405

482

584

521

517

492

509

1 Figures from 1997 to 2002/03 refer to incidents of burglary with loss. Figures from 2003-04 to 2006-07 refer to incidents of burglary with entry.

2 ‘Vehicle/vehicle parts’ includes ‘motorcycle/moped’, ‘car/van’, and ‘car/van accessories/parts’.