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Car thefts TREBLE in five years at railway stations

Thefts of cars parked at railway stations have trebled in the past five years, according to data from the British Transport Police.

Analysis by car sales comparison site Motorway has revealed that the number of motorised vehicles lifted from stations has increased by a massive 198 percent since 2014/15.

In raw numbers, that’s 414 vehicles stolen between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019, compared with 139 between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2015. 

“These figures make depressing reading for commuters who split their journey into work across road and train,” said Alex Buttle, director of Motorway.

Bikes are a hot target

“The rise in railways station thefts has been turbocharged by the growth in popularity of scooters and mopeds, which are an easy target for thieves,” warned Buttle

39 percent of vehicles stolen from railway stations are two-wheeled, with four of the top 10 most-stolen brands being bike brands. Watch out Honda (67), Yamaha (46), Piaggio (32) and Vespa (17) owners…

“Motorbikes, mopeds and scooters are particularly vulnerable, so ensure you have multiple security measures in place; such as wheel locks and clamps, plus heavy-duty chain link or brake disc locks to make your vehicle less appealing to opportunistic criminals.”

Overall, Ford came second to Honda in the most-stolen brand stakes, with 47 thefts: unlike Honda, all of those Ford thefts will be cars or vans.

London danger

Other hot car brands include Land Rover (18), BMW (15), Range Rover (12) and Audi (11). If you lump Land Rover and Range Rover together, that’s 30 Land Rover thefts…

“Although most, if not all, stations car parks will have CCTV cameras, that doesn’t mean your vehicle won’t be targeted,” said Buttle. “Seasoned criminals know how to quickly gain access to cars, and many aren’t bothered by on-site security.”

As for where is the most at-risk, you won’t be surprised to read that the stations closest in proximity to London score the worst, with the top 10 being within an hour of the capital.