Coventry and Warwickshire’s car theft hotspots

Data has been obtained which reveals the hot spots for car thefts across Coventry and Warwickshire. The data is from 2020 – a year when the UK was in a succession of lockdowns – and reveals the roads or areas where the highest number of car thefts occurred during the course of the year. And some areas have marked a sharp rise in thefts since 2019.

In all instances the data relates to parked cars that were stolen. The area where the most cars were stolen in Coventry was Gielgud Way, not far from the Cross Point business park.

There were 65 vehicles parked on or near Gielgud Way, not far from the business park, that were stolen in 2020, analysis of crime data can reveal – more than one a week on average and a higher amount of thefts than any other location in the city. The area with the second-highest number of car thefts last year was on or near Long Lane, Coventry, where there were 61 such crimes.

Another hotspot for stolen vehicles was near Birmingham Road in Coventry, with 43 thefts. Overall, there were 8,558 vehicle thefts across the Coventry and Warwickshire areas in 2020 – more than 12 for every 1,000 people living there, which was above the national average.

Coventry and Warwickshire’s car theft hotspotsGielgud Way, Coventry.

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Most of the top ten hotspots were in Coventry but there were three Warwickshire areas – the one where the most thefts took place being at or around the Corley Services motorway services area on the M6. Warwick Services on the M40 also emerged as a theft hotspot, as did on or near Chamberlain Drive in Gaydon. The top ten hotspots across Coventry and Warwickshire were as follows.

The number of thefts in 2020 is indicated and the corresponding number of thefts for 2019 is in brackets.

Coventry and Warwickshire car theft hotspots

On or near Gielgud Way, Coventry – 65 (50) On or near Long Lane, Coventry – 61 (19) On or near Corley Services on the M6, North Warwickshire – 58 (26)

On or near Birmingham Road, Coventry – 43 (7) On or near North View, Coventry – 39 (32) On or near Warwick Services on the M40, Stratford-on-Avon – 38 (25)

On or near Chamberlain Drive, Stratford-on-Avon – 30 (26) On or near Walsgrave Retail Park, Coventry – 29 (39) On or near Whitley Business Park, Coventry – 28 (27)

On or near Ansty Road/Clifford Bridge Road, Coventry – 25 (29) Across England and Wales, there were 432,178 car thefts last year, which was slightly more than seven cases for every 1,000 people, up from 338,671 in 2019. You can see how your local area compares by using our gadget.

Simply type in your postcode to see how many vehicle thefts took place in the area between January and December 2020, as well as how that compared to the year before. RAC Insurance spokesman Simon Williams said: “It’s worrying that despite people spending far more time at home than usual in various lockdowns, car thefts have continued to increase. “But when you consider that in half of cases criminals use keys to steal vehicles, and in around a fifth they are able to get into cars because they’re not locked in the first place, it starts to make a little more sense.

“As many of these crimes are opportunistic there’s a lot drivers can do to reduce the chances of falling victim. “Always locking vehicles and not keeping keys in places where they could be easily stolen come top of the list. “Drivers might also consider going ‘retro’ by investing in a steering wheel lock which is still an effective deterrent, just as it was back in the 1990s.

“Parking in a garage or other well-lit residential area is also important, and when out-and-about it’s a good idea to look for car parks that are patrolled, covered by CCTV or carry the ParkMark logo.”

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