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Hull 'riskiest city for car theft'

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A new report has revealed that the UK's riskiest city for motor theft is Hull, while Swindon comes out at the other end of the scale as the safest.

Hundreds of thousands of car insurance claims made in the past three years were analysed, with towns and cities ranked by comparing the frequency of theft claims rather than looking at the total number of incidents.

According to the report, published by Endsleigh Insurance Services, the three riskiest towns and cities for car theft are Hull, Nottingham and Manchester, while the safest are Swindon, Norwich and Solihull.

Endsleigh spokesperson Rhiannon Harris commented: "The Home Office reports that between 2006/07 and 2007/08 there was a 12% drop in vehicle thefts. This is no doubt due to the many excellent police and community-run programmes across the country, as well as greater awareness amongst individual motorists when it comes to taking responsibility for the safety of their vehicle.

"However, our report shows that there are some towns and cities which pose a greater risk for vehicle owners than others. The fact remains that no motorist - wherever they live - can afford to be complacent."

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