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Carlisle second safest city in UK to park your car - survey

Carlisle is the second safest city in the UK to park in, according to police figures.

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Figures show more than half of car crime in Carlisle was criminal damage

Data logged by police forces across the UK showed there were 86 crimes per 10,000 vehicles in the city – the second lowest after Norwich, which had 85.

Manchester logged the highest rate of crime – with 505 crimes – followed by Bradford, 457, and London, 443.

The figures, covering October 2011 to September 2012, were compiled by consumer champion,, who said Carlisle’s figure was “significantly” lower than the UK average.

“Even taking into account the higher levels of car crimes in urban areas, in part associated with the greater influx of vehicles entering city centres, the rate of reported offences was still much lower than the national ‘urban’ average of 242 offences per 10,000 vehicles,” a spokesman said.

The figures, from Cumbria police, show more than half of car crime in Carlisle was criminal damage – 62 per cent – followed by theft of possessions, 26 per cent, and theft of cars accounting for just nine per cent. Two per cent of car crime was reported as cars being interfered with.

Elsie Martlew, deputy leader of Carlisle City Council, said: “It’s great to hear that Carlisle is the second safest city in the UK to park.

“We’ve invested a lot resources into making our car parks safe and secure. In addition to improvements in some of the city’s key car parks to make parking bays wider and offer priority bays to disabled drivers and families, local businesses and commuters continue to be offered discounted rates through our saver parking permit scheme.”

Inspector Barry Bell said: “News that Carlisle is the second safest city for car parking is obviously a great result for our county-wide approach to vehicle crimes. We look to be pro-active when it comes to vehicle crime and try to both raise awareness and solve offences through specific policing operations and forensic opportunities.

“However, we also have to point out that preventive measures from car owners is key in this low number. Thieves are often opportunists, owners must not become complacent and they should always lock your cars and not leave valuables on show when parking.”

Crime figures released last winter showed all recorded offences in Cumbria dropped by 11 per cent during spring and summer.

Have your say

I don't have a car, it got pinched in 88!!
I don't think it was as safe then as it obviously is now....

Posted by Samantha Parker on 27 August 2013 at 14:59

Carlisle is the largest city in the UK by measure of land size...and wiki says this...'The city has a population of 100,739,[2] and an area of 1,039.97 square kilometres (402 sq mi),[2] making it the largest city in England by area.' Where did you get your 70,000ish figure from?!

Posted by JJ on 25 August 2013 at 17:26

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