Milton Keynes postcode named one of UK's most at-risk areas for car thefts

    A new study has named the top 10 postcodes in the UK where your car is most at risk of theft.

    MK14 has been named the 6th most likely place in the UK to get your car stolen, with 252 cars nicked between January 1st and December 31st, 2020.

    This means vehicles in the Stantonbury, Great Linford, Neath Hill area of Milton Keynes are most at risk.

    Leicester's LE2 comes out on top of the rankings with 342 stolen cars reported in the last year. SL1 in Slough came out second with 285 and next Swindon's SN5 with 268.

    Fourth was Aldershot GU11 with 263 and just above Milton Keynes was Birmingham B25 with 256.

    DVLA data also revealed the most-popular cars to be stolen and in the last year alone, 75,000 cars were stolen across the UK, equivalent to one every seven minutes.

    Dubbed the most-commonly stolen car was Ford Fiesta, with VW Golfs, Ford Focus, and Vauxhall Corsas closely behind.

    1

    Leicester LE2

    342

    2

    Slough SL1

    285

    3

    Swindon SN5

    268

    4

    Aldershot GU11

    263

    5

    Birmingham B25

    256

    6

    Milton Keynes MK14

    252

    7

    Stockport SK3

    233

    8

    Darlington DL1

    255

    9

    Slough SL3

    192

    10

    Omskirk L39

    177

    Thames Valley Police advise car owners at risk of keyless car thefts to 'Box It, Bag It, Block It'.

    Box It: placing your keys in a metal tin can be enough to block the signal from travelling any further.

    Bag It: another option is to purchase a signal-blocking pouch and keep your keys in this when they’re not in use.

    Block It: as an extra security measure where possible, consider using other vehicles to block your keyless car in so it can’t be easily driven away.

    Some keys have an option to turn off the signal transmitted from it, sometimes with the double press of a button, so it’s worth checking your manual to see whether yours has this functionality.

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