Car theft nightmare as vehicle stolen from UK train stations every day in 2023

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Car theft nightmare as vehicle stolen from UK train stations every day in 2023

The motoring publication What Car? has warned motorists to keep their cars safe in public spaces, as they find a vehicle was stolen from a UK train station car park almost every day during 2023.

As the DVLA highlight that over 61,000 cars were reported stolen during 2022, many motoring experts calling for drivers to keep their vehicle secure.

Using a Freedom of Information request, the company found 301 vehicles were stolen from train station car parks between January and November 2023, an increase of seven percent compared to the same period in 2022.

According to the figures, Tonbridge Railway Station in Kent saw the most cases during the 11 months, with 10 vehicles taken by thieves.

Southern parts of the country were generally the worst affected, with Hildenborough in Kent and Manningtree in Essex also featuring in the top 10 stations for vehicle thefts.

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Train stations with the most stolen vehicles (January-November 2023):

  1. Tonbridge Railway Station – 10
  2. Haslemere Railway Station – 8
  3. Hildenborough Railway Station – 8
  4. Manningtree Railway Station – 8
  5. Colchester Railway Station – 7
  6. Three Bridges Railway Station – 7
  7. Twyford Railway Station – 6
  8. Basingstoke Railway Station – 5
  9. Brookwood Railway Station – 5
  10. Petersfield Railway Station – 5

The AA recommended that drivers keep their car safe by always checking the doors to see if their vehicle is properly locked before leaving it.

The organisation also highlighted that drivers of vehicles with keyless entry store the key fob in a faraday pouch, a small metal-lined bag that prevents the key’s signal from getting to the car when it is not in use.

Spare sets of keys should also be kept in a secure location, such as a locked safe, far away from where the car is usually parked.

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