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New study reveals the most common car crimes in the UK

New research reveals that speeding offences have increased by 52.4% in the UK since 2021!

The brand new study, from car finance experts Moneybarn, has analysed UK government data to reveal which car-related crimes are the most common in the UK. The study also compared this to 2021 data, to reveal how car crime offences have changed over the last couple of years.

Speed limit offences are the most common car crime in the UK, with a total of 2.8 million offences committed in 2022. This is 1 million more offences from 2021, increasing by 52.4% in the last couple of years. This highlights how UK drivers are becoming more dangerous in the last few years and why speed limits should never be disregarded - they are in place to ensure everyone is travelling at a safe speed for each road in the country.

Thefts from vehicles are the second most commonly committed car crime in the UK. For 2021-22, there were 199,432 thefts from vehicles, an increase of around 7,000 since 2021. This serves as a reminder not to leave valuables in your vehicles, especially where they can be seen by criminals! Always make sure you lock your car, have good in-car security locks fitted and park responsibly.

The UK’s third most common car crime is criminal damage to a vehicle, with a national annual total of 169,797 offences committed in 2022. Criminal damage to a vehicle also took third place in 2021, however, the number of occurrences of this crime increased by more than 10,000 in 2022. This crime is summarised as damage consciously inflicted upon someone else's vehicle; even if accidental, this is considered to be vandalism.


  • Vehicle test offences have seen the biggest increase since 2021, with an increase of 67.26% in offences being committed in the last couple of years.

  • Careless driving (excluding mobile phones) has seen the second increase in offences, with an increase of 61.86% since 2021.

  • Lincolnshire is the worst area in the country for speeding offences, with 11,567 instances of speeding offences, per 100,000 people in 2022.

  • London has the most theft from vehicle offences in the UK, with 697 per 100,000 people, a marginally higher rate than the 688 per 100,000 people in 2021.

You can view the full findings here, I have also linked a Dropbox folder with the relevant images here.

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