Van thefts could increase substantially in the next decade, research finds

Date: Thursday, December 2, 2021   |   Author: Sean Keywood

Incidents of van theft could skyrocket in the next decade to reach over 20,000 a year in the UK, according to new research.

The study by insurance comparison website bases this on an 81% increase in thefts between 2015 and 2019.

It also highlights how 12 vans were being stolen each day in 2015, compared with 35 vans a day during 2021.

It predicts that the level of theft could reach as high as 56 per day by 2030.

On a regional basis, the highest number of thefts is unsurprisingly seen in Greater London, set to have 2,033 thefts by the end of 2021, whereas the lowest number is seen in the North of England, with just 79.

The study also looked at items stolen from vans in break-ins, and found that nearly 67% included having tools stolen, with only 1% ever recovered due to their high resale value.


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