Rural towns plagued by car crime

The small East-Sussex town of Winchelsea is the worst spot for car crime in the country, according to a study.

Research by found villages and country towns were just as bad for vehicle crime as big conurbations.

Second and third place on the car-crime table were also occupied by small towns - Saltburn-by-the-Sea, in Cleveland, and Godstone, Surrey.

Although big cities such as Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool feature in the table, other crime blackspots include: Treorchy, in Mid Glamorgan; Buckhurst Hill and Ongar, in Essex; and the small town of Alness in Ross and Cromarty, northern Scotland.

The statistics were based on the number of claims made on motor insurance by residents in the last five years.

A total of 4.1% of Winchelsea residents - living within the postcode TN36 - had made claims, while the figure for Saltburn was 3.15% and for Godstone 3.02%.

Andy Leadbetter, head of insurance at said: "It is quite a shock to see smaller rural villages snatching the top spots in the UK for car theft, whether it's theft from the vehicle or of the vehicle itself.

"I'd expect to see bustling urban hot spots to be topping the list but it seems English villages are not the idyllic locales we may think - at least not when it comes to car theft."

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