As someone who had items stolen from his car recently – I left it open and my prescription glasses and cheap scratched sunglasses were taken – I wanted to know more about it and if the hotspots had changed in the last 10 years. To answer this question, I decided to measure it using total vehicle crimes by postcode sector per hectare. This allows us to make equivalent judgements as postcode sectors like postcode districts vary a lot in size.
To my surprise the hotspots had changed.
Measured by crimes per hectare per postcode sector – a unique feature available to UKCrimeStats subscribers, we have seen quite a big change.
Between March 2013 and February 2014 inclusive, there was a total of 75.27 vehicle crimes per hectare in the postcode sector of B5 6. , the highest then ranking.
|Rank||Postcode Sectors||Total Mar 2013||Total Feb 2014||Sum Total||Average|
|1||B5 6, Birmingham||3.2258||6.4516||75.2688||6.2724|
|2||WC1A 1, Camden||5.1546||3.0928||44.3299||3.69416|
|3||WC2B 4, Camden||0||2.3622||27.5591||2.29659|
|4||EC1A 4, City of London||2.6316||7.8947||23.6842||1.97368|
|5||L2 2, Liverpool||0||2.9412||14.7059||1.22549|
Now look at the latest 12 months, the same report criterion.
|Rank||Postcode Sectors||Total Mar 2022||Total Feb 2023||Sum Total||Average|
|1||L2 2, Liverpool||13.2353||1.4706||32.3529||2.69608|
|2||BS1 2, Bristol||1.5306||4.0816||28.0612||2.33843|
|3||BS1 4, Bristol||3.3727||1.0961||16.2732||1.3561|
|4||B5 6, Birmingham||3.2258||0||16.129||1.34408|
|5||WC1A 2, Camden||3.6765||0||15.4412||1.28677|
In the top 5, we have postcode sectors in Bristol but the top ranking spot is in Liverpool – with a total of 32 per hectare, thankfully half that of what was happening in Birmingham 10 years ago.