Steering locks and electronic immobilisers have helped to dramatically cut vehicle crime across the UK, according to the Home Office.
Vehicle theft and break-ins have fallen by 80% since 1993, reveals a new report released by the government department, despite the fact there are eight million more vehicles on the road today.
There are now approximately three vehicle thefts and 10 vehicle break-ins for every 1,000 vehicles on the road, compared to 20 thefts and 40 break-ins in 1993.
The Home Office attributes the decline in vehicle crime to the growing popularity of anti-theft devices such as steering locks and electronic immobilisers, which were introduced in the 1960s and 1980s respectively.
Modern technologies like number plate recognition cameras, CCTV surveillance and vehicle trackers are also helping to deter criminals.
Mike Penning, UK Minister for Policing, Crime, Criminal Justice and Victims, says better policing has played a part as well. He claims it is safer than ever to own a car in the U, with overall vehicle crime at the lowest level since records began in 1981.
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