The Award Winning Private Number Plate Specialists

0203 600 1234

Mon-Fri 9am-8pm

Vehicle crime statistics in 2019: England, Wales and Northern Ireland

With another year coming to end, it is the perfect time to reflect on 2019. Unfortunately, from mopped and scooter crime, to knife crime, the UK has seemed more lawless than ever in the past year. With this in mind, we have decided to take a look at the vehicle crime statistics across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and discover the outcome for these crimes- whether justice was served or if vehicle criminals remain at large. 


How many vehicle crimes were there in 2019?

By scraping data from, we found out there were a total of 375,001 vehicle crimes in 2019 across the country. A further look into the data breaks down how many vehicle crimes were committed in different areas across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Where are you more likely to be a victim of vehicle crime?

There were 89,900 vehicle crimes in 2016 in London, but how many did the Metropolitan Police register in 2019? can reveal that the areas with the highest vehicle crime statistics in 2019 were:

  1. Metropolitan Police (98,177 crimes committed)

  2. West Midlands Police (27,265)

  3. West Yorkshire Police (18,422)

  4. Greater Manchester Police (15,600)

  5. Thames Valley Police (15,367)

In order to put these numbers in perspective, the % of crimes for these areas out of the total for England, Wales and Northern Ireland are the following:

  1.  Metropolitan Police – 26%

  2. West Midlands Police – 7%

  3. West Yorkshire Police – 5%

  4. Greater Manchester Police – 4%

  5. Thames Valley Police – 4%

Surprisingly, or perhaps not for many Londoners, over a quarter of vehicle crimes take place in England’s capital.


How many vehicle crimes were solved in 2019?

The following percentages represent the number of vehicle crimes closed without identifying a suspect found out the areas that struggle to solve vehicle crimes the most are those found under the following constabularies:

  • West Midlands Police (93%)

  • Cambridgeshire Constabulary (89%)

  • Merseyside Police (88%)

  • South Yorkshire Police (88%)

  • Sussex Police (88%)

On the other hand, the areas with the highest solve rate are:

  • Lancashire Constabulary (1%)

  • Avon and Somerset Constabulary (3%)

  • Lincolnshire Police (3%)

  • Metropolitan Police (3%)

  • Gwent Police (55%)

When it comes to the overall outcomes for vehicle crimes in 2019 for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the figures show that in a whopping 217,237 crimes, no suspects were identified. This is the case for approximately 58% of all vehicle crimes.

Plenty of them are still under investigation –70,174 cases (or 19%), to be more precise. When the police were able to identify a suspect, they were unable to prosecute them in 8% of cases. In only 0.2% cases the offender is given community sentence, a caution or is sent to prison.


Which month are you more likely to be a victim of vehicle offences?

Furthermore, we decided to take a look at how many vehicle crimes happened each month in 2019 (November and December excluded), to see when you are most likely to be a victim of these offences.

The figures revealed January is the worst month for vehicle crime, with a whopping 41,029 reported in the first month of 2019. Next comes March with 40,700 cases, October (38,657), May (38,250) and April (38,009).


The figures for all months are as follows:



No of vehicle crimes






















If you found yourself to be a victim of number plate theft, we have written a blog post on the issue which will teach you what to do in that situation.

In you have questions regarding the data, don’t hesitate to contact us.  

Post comments...

Search over 40 million plates

Welcome to the Click4reg industry blog. Get your daily fix of the latest industry news and information for private number plates and motoring enthusiasts.

More Blog Posts









© 2021 Click4Reg Ltd

(Registered in England and Wales) Company No. 08578609 | Vat No. 165583776


Tel: 0203 600 1234  |  Email:

Click4Reg offers private registrations from both stock numbers & private sellers. DVLA is a registered trade mark of the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency. Click4Reg Ltd is not affiliated to the DVLA or DVLA Personalised Registrations. Click4Reg Ltd is a recognised reseller of DVLA registrations, please see our terms & conditions for further details.

Registered office address: Click4Reg, Unit 2 Conqueror Industrial Estate, Moorhurst Road, St Leonards On Sea, East Sussex, TN38 9NA.

Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC (FRN:704348) & Specialist Lending Ltd (FRN:422339) are Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Click4reg Limited FRN: 630511 trading as Click4reg are Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. We are a credit broker, not a lender - credit is subject to status and affordability, and is provided by a panel of lenders of whom we have a commercial relationship.