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Hull tops UK motor crime index

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Hull witnesses the highest number of car crime incidents in the UK, new research has revealed.

The East Yorkshire city has topped Endsleigh's motor theft index for the second consecutive year.

According to the index, Nottingham was the second riskiest place to leave your vehicle. Bradford stood in third spot on the car crime list, followed by Manchester and Doncaster.

Swindon is the safest place in the UK, the index showed. Cheltenham came out as the second safest place in the UK, followed by Solihull, Southampton and Bangor.

The results have come after Government figures revealed that the number of car thefts have reduced by nearly a fifth over the past 12 months.

An Endsleigh spokesman said motorists face an increased risk of theft, especially after the festive season when vehicles are targeted for satnavs, DVDs, laptops and cameras.

He added motorists should always keep valuables out of sight, fit their vehicle with an alarm and immobiliser and park in well-lit places.

Endsleigh analysed motor claims by tens of thousands of insurance policyholders across the UK over the last three years to arrive at the results.

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