Car crime down 17% during recession

A survey has revealed that the one thing the public didn't have to worry about during the recession was car crime.

The British Crime Survey (BCS) showed that vehicle crimes were down by 17% between 2009/10.

Car offences were reduced by improved alarms, vehicle immobilisers and window and door locks, according to Home Office chief statistician David Blunt.

Overall crime figures also dropped by 9% to 9.6 million, from 10.5 million, with offending reaching its lowest level since 1981.

It was the first time the total number of offences dropped below the 10 million mark since records began.

Mr Blunt admitted the property crime results, which saw domestic burglaries down by 9%, were "surprising".

He said the trend of falling property crime has been reflected in many other developed countries during the same period.

Mr Blunt said: "There is no single definitive explanation and it seems likely that a number of different factors have contributed in different ways."

Officials said there has been a 2% drop in credit card fraud and a 16% fall in UK fraud losses.

The latest figures were the first to show no increase in the number of victims of plastic fraud, which had been rising steadily.

Overall acquisitive crime fell by 9% from 5,977,000 offences to 5,427,000 offences

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