Leeds and Bradford have been named as two of the worst hotspots in the country for car crime in a new survey.
Bradford is rated the second worst, below only Manchester, with a rate of 457 car crimes per 10,000 vehicles at nearly four times the national average, according to an analysis of police records.
Leeds fared only slightly better, with its rate of 420 car crimes per 10,000 registered vehicles the fourth worst in the country and narrowly better than that of London.
Both cities have a rate of reported offences considerably higher than the national ‘urban’ average of 242 offences per 10,000 vehicles.
Three Yorkshire cities feature in the top five of the table compiled by consumer motoring champion HonestJohn.co.uk, with Sheffield at number five with a rate of 389 car crimes per 100,000 people.D
The site’s editor Daniel Harrison said: “The data illustrates that a large proportion of incidents take place in city centres, populated by shopping areas, tourist destinations and hotel districts.
“As with many cities, vehicles left in on-street parking zones tend to be more vulnerable to being broken into and suffering criminal damage.
“This data is the first of its kind because it’s based on the actual police force records from across the UK. What it highlights is a shocking north-south divide, with London representing the only southern district listed in the top 10.”
The research involved examining thousands of records released by 42 police forces via the Freedom of Information Act in addition to data that’s available through police.uk.