13 May 2013

Posted by Discount Insurance on Monday, May 13, 2013
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Property crime has been cut in half since the mid-1990s, new figures show.

Property crime has fallen by half since the mid-1990s, new data shows, as thieves increasingly move towards targeting expensive portable items.

Vandalism, car-related theft and burglary dropped substantially, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), while lower-volume personal thefts continued to rise.

ONS says that the changing trends are mostly down to a growing preference for targeting high-end portable items such as MP3 players, smartphones and tablets, which are more difficult to protect against theft.

The 2011-2012 Crime Survey for England and Wales shows that 46 per cent of incidents involving robbery or theft from the person involved a mobile phone - a sharp rise from just over three out of ten in the previous year.

Younger adults were more likely to have been victims of a personal theft than their older counterparts. For phone theft in particular, children aged 14-17 and adults between the ages of 18 and 24 were twice as likely to have had their phones stolen than the population as a whole.

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